Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Moving and Shaking

What moves you?

That was the question that we spent all weekend trying to convince over 150 college students to consider. We had our annual Investigative Retreat this past weekend and spent a lot of time hanging out, playing together and thinking about things that matter. I (Demps) gave 4 talks to stimulate the students to consider what moves them and used this quote by St. Augustine, “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee”, to challenge everyone to consider that it might just be God that is behind our desires and that it’s a worthwhile investment to seek answers to life’s questions by considering God first and foremost. It was a great weekend and many students left with a commitment to investigate the reality of God by taking a serious look at the person of Jesus Christ.



World Cup fever has arrived

This weekend also signaled the beginning of the World Cup which is the world’s biggest sporting event. I know that it doesn’t mean much in the good ole US of A but in Brazil it’s like a national holiday. Today is the opening match for the Brazil team which is easily ranked # 1 in the world and is expected to win a record 6th championship. I’m heading out in just a few minutes with Duncan to go watch the game with a bunch of the students. Kristy said today that the atmosphere is like a snow day with no one working and everyone running around getting ready for the big game. The fireworks and car horns have been in full effect all day and will be deafening when Brazil scores it’s first goal. Here’s a link to a short video on-line that shows just how important soccer or “futebol” as we call it here is to Brazil. This is a great opportunity to gather people and to have fun together. Pray for God to use this momentous event for Himself. Go Brasil!
This video gives a great picture of how wild Brazilians are over futebol:

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Happenings

On Saturday night, we held our annual Festa Junina, a type of Fall Festival that is a big part of Brazilian cultural history. There were well over 200 people there for the music, square dancing, hotdogs and kababs and beef and manioc stew. It was a great opportunity to invite students who the Cross-cultural team has met and to create a greater connection in a comfortable environment.

Meg with three friends, ready for the Festa Junina
(Meg, Giovanna, Amanda and Luiza)


Duncan


Anna Rogers with Kate ready to square dance!

We know Anna from when we lived in Carrollton, Georgia and ministered at West Georgia College. She is a junior at Duke University (and on the swim team) and is living with us for two months to learn Portuguese and to swim with the Brazilian Olympians in our city. She's been a lot of fun and a lot of help. Our kids have loved having another set of hands to swing them around and play with them.

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The Cross Cultural Projects are in full swing here in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The 61 American students who are here have settled in and are meeting new students within each of our target areas. It's busy, busy time with a lot of Churrasco (barbecues), a lot of forro (a Brazilian dance),a lot of truco (Brazilian card game) and a lot of practicing Portuguese while Brazilians practice English. In the midst of all this, many of the Brazilian students are becoming interested in Christ as a person rather than as the figurehead of a religion. It's opening new doors for conversation and investigation. Pray for those doors to remain open and for their continued investigation.

Pray for the Investigative Retreat this coming weekend, that many of those students would attend. It's a great opportunity for them to "see" the gospel in a non-threatening environment.



PE freshmen at last Saturday's Brazilian barbecue