Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Visitors and Thanksgiving

We've had a busy few weeks with visitors, Thanksgiving and community meetings. We're in the process of developing graduate communities for our recent graduates led by Brian and Candace Lane and Jeff and Amy Dowdy.

Thanksgiving found us with about 60 people and a bounce house in our house as we celebrated with turkey and all the trimmings with our team family here. The Brazilians love it as much as we do!

In our Physical Education community, we've been having meetings on Identity and Sexuality, a topic that came out of our separate men's and women's retreats a few weeks ago.

And some of our most cherished friends who are also cherished supporters of our ministry here, Jonathan and Jennifer Howse came for a short mission trip along with their children and another couple from their church, Mike and Cheryl Moffitt. Jonathan is the pastor of Graystone Church in Grayson, Georgia. It was a special time for them to get to know the different aspects of our ministry here and for us to reconnect. Our children had a great time together and that was a ministry in itself!

Here is a picture of Meg and Julia with some girls from our ministry at the Vila.

Here's a picture of the Howes family with Marisa. Marisa was their househelper when Jonathan and Jennifer led a summer mission trip with Campus Outreach to Brazil in 1995.

And here's our two families together. We're thinking some arranged marriages are in order for the future. (Just kidding. Mostly.) :)

Please continue to pray for our ministry. Pray for the church and some important transitions and decisions that will be made over the next few weeks. Pray for all of our support needs to be provided by the end of the year. Pray for wisdom and for strength and energy for Demps as he and others make significant decisions about the direction of our ministry over the next few weeks. We're grateful for how God is leading but sometimes feel exhausted! We know He will provide. Thanks for your part in that. 

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At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the letter and especially the great pictures of everybody. We pray daily for your ministry and family. We are looking forward to seeing all of you soon. Love and prayers, Mom and Dad

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you were able to have some time with friends. Was reminded of you again and our time there when rach had some pics redone from our time there. It was amazing, to hang, get to know you and your ministry there. May God continue to bless and give amazing direction in the days to come. "Crystal Clear."

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you had a great Christmas there!

At 3:50 PM, Blogger The Swartys said...

hey hope you guys are doing great and taking care of yourselves. Just stoppin by to say hello to ya.

Later kids


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