Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Fruit of Our Labor

We called together those who have recently graduated or are about to graduate. There were around 40 who showed up! This was a first step to create community among the graduates and to share the vision behind these key times of fellowship. After the event, Mirella, an Education major, encouraged us with these thoughts…

It was like a day of harvest. The laborers (you all) had worked hard for a long time and on a day like today, you saw all of the fruit come together. And there, at the BBQ, everyone was celebrating because of the work that God had done. It filled my heart with thankfulness. It was the first time that I really understood what you all have done and are doing here with us: preparing us to be laborers full of the Spirit to be a blessing wherever we go. It is so much more than making Campus Outreach missionaries. You all have been incredible instruments in the hands of God to equip us to go and bare fruit wherever we are in life.
I thought about the privilege that I am going to have as a teacher. Imagine me with a class of 30 children each year and being used by God to speak to them about Him! In 5 years, I would have had the privilege to influence 150 children. Just thinking about them coming to know the Father overjoyed my heart and gave me so much hope! Thank you so much for everything! Thanks for being available to serve us. Your labor was never in vain!”

Please pray for wisdom for us as we are in the beginning stages of helping the graduates as they face many questions in this new phase of life. Pray that each of them would walk with God and labor for a lifetime. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

We are in a War

Our church has a ministry in a nearby “favela” (slum) called Acaba Mundo or End of the World. How would you like to live in a place called the End of the World. It’s amazing to see what God is doing in this little “neighborhood”. There are many families from this area that have become a part of our church and especially many children. There are about 35 or 40 children that are involved in weekly bible studies with Campus Outreach students and staff and we have 2 weekly meetings in the favela, one for the children and one for the adults. We just got an update from Fernando, one of our Brazilian staff guys who leads this ministry in the slum, and he said that we couldn’t have the meetings this week because there is a gang war going on. Two gangs are fighting and trying to kill the leaders and members of each gang. This is the “real” world here in Brazil and we are smack dab in the middle of it. Please pray for the people of “Acaba Mundo” and that God would use our ministry among them to make Himself known in a real and powerful way in the midst of this confusion, fear and hate. Below is a picture of the “Acaba Mundo” favela.

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