Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Men's and Women's Retreats

WOMEN





The theme of the Women's retreat last weekend was Identity, Intimacy and Impact. It was an incredible opportunity for the women involved in our ministry to reflect on why they were created and how their intimacy with God affects their intimacy with others.

Pray that these women would continue to be changed daily by God's love for them, His plan for their lives and the opportuniities they have to reflect God's love into the lives of others. Posted by Picasa

MEN


Above is a picture of some of the men who participated in the Wild at Heart men's retreat last weekend. Flavio said, "It is crucial is for me and other men to understand what it means to be a man." The Brazilian culture tends to be either very macho or very passive as far as the men are concerned. So this retreat was a step forward in getting some of these men to think about their identity in Christ and how their Heavenly Father views them.

Pray for these men to continue to grow in the gospel and for all of Brazil to be impacted by their lives. Posted by Picasa

We'll be at a staff training time for the next few days with Jim Downing, former Deputy President and Chairman of the Board of the Navigators Ministry. We'll also be joined by Ken and Theresa Currie. Ken is the director of Campus Outreach Minneapolis. Pray for our hearts to be renewed and our eyes to be fixed on the One who is our Hope.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Trips, Conferences, Retreats, Barbecues and More

The past few weeks have been a blur with all that has been happening.

Demps just returned from a trip to the States to attend the Desiring God conference in Minneapolis, MN with other Campus Outreach staff from around the world. The focus was on ministering in the post-modern culture while holding fast to the integrity of the gospel. It was a thought provoking time especially relevant to our ministry here in Brazil and our ministry in the future.

The day after Demps returned from the States, he and the rest of our staff here participated in a Global Leadership Summit out of Willow Creek Church in Illinois. The entire staff team got together on Sunday morning to recap and talk about how to be effective leaders for a lifetime.

The weekend of October 20-22, both the men's and women's ministries from our area will hold weekend retreats designed to draw young Christians into deeper intimacy with God. The theme of the women's retreat is Identity, Intimacy and Impact. The theme for the men's retreat is True Masculinity, a theme which is extremely applicable in this culture which has so few true male role models, falling instead to the extremes of macho-ism or passivity. Please pray for the planning and preparation of these retreats, as well as recruitment. We'll let you know how it goes.

We just returned from a barbecue for the recent graduates involved in our ministry. We've really been seeing a need for our continued investment in their lives during this process of transition and have been trying to create opportunities to build more community and unity among them. Please pray for their needs to continue to be met and for them to "find their place" within their jobs and opportunities for ministry.

Thanks to all of you for joining with us here in ministry. You have no idea how grateful we are to God for each of you.