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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At 2:21 PM, Blogger Eric Heine said...

As I was reading this, I was in the basement with my 3 y.o. daughter. I bowed my head to pray for the favela, and she said, "Daddy, you can't pray!" When I asked her why not, she answered, "Because you are not a good prayer!" As I was about to correct her in my self-righteousness, I thought again and had to agree: I really don't know how to pray. None of us really do, but that is why we cling to promise of Rom 8:26, and trust that the Spirit takes our feeble attempts at divine language and transforms them into meaningful, heavenly discourse. From the mouth of babes!

At 8:18 PM, Blogger The Dempseys in Brazil said...

Thanks for sharing that Eric. We all need God to hear our feeble prayers. Thanks for praying too.


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