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.

2 Comments:

At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys, thanks for the updates. So crazy Demps you were here in the area and could not see ya, little sad for sure but what can you do. Think of you guys often, great memories. Pray that as God continues to use you guys to make a phenominal impact in the lives of those in Brasil. Good days, you guys are awesome.
the swartys

 
At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. We enjoy reading about your ministry and it helps us to pray for your specific needs and also when we call and can't get you we know where you are! Give the kids our love. We love all of you. Mom and Dad

 

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