Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Gratitude

First of all, let me apologize that it has been so long since our last update. The last few weeks have been a blur. Here's what our October and November looked like:

  • Campus Outreach Global Conference -- Demps spent a week in Atlanta meeting with the leadership of all the Campus Outreach ministries from around the world. This was a time of reflection on where we are as a ministry and what our direction is, discussion of the differences in our areas and cultures, and how we can continue to grow and meet the needs ofindividuals in a changing world. The Campus Outreach Board of Directors also came in for a few days for a time of fellowship and interaction.
  • Since Demps was already in America for these meetings, the rest of us joined him in the States for a much needed vacation at the end of October.
  • We returned to Brazil and immediately jumped into meetings to plan for our Beach Project which will be held outside of Rio in January. There are still many details to be figured out, so we'd appreciate your prayers as we continue to plan this important time in our ministry.
  • In the middle of November, Demps led the beautiful ceremony in which Ze Flavio and Claudia, two of our Brazilian staff, were married. Then, this past Saturday, he did the same for Anselmo and Michelle, two more of our staff. The weddings were such celebrations of what God has done in the lives of these individuals and in their extended families. We felt privileged just to be reminded of God and His glory displayed in their lives.
  • Meg and Duncan are finishing up their school year (summer break is in December and January here) and are in the middle of final exams. Yes, I didn't know that 1st graders and 4th graders had exams but they do in Brazil! We're looking forward to a chance to sleep a little later and a break from the daily homework routine as they finish school on Friday.
  • For the past six weeks, Demps has had intermittent episodes of lightheadedness. Yesterday when he was taking some of Michelle's family to the airport, he had another episode where he felt like he was going to pass out. Needless to say, he stopped the car, asked someone else to drive and called me to come to the airport to drive him back home. We took him to the hospital yesterday afternoon and they ran several tests and ordered several more. Please pray for Demps, for his health and for the doctors to be able to identify exactly what the problem is.
  • We are coming up on the end of the year. As we review our financial support from the last few months, there is definitely need for prayer! We know that God will continue to provide for all our needs. We've made some changes here in Brazil in order to cut our budget as much as possible, one of which was moving to a less expensive apartment. (We are still in a great location for ministry and have plenty of room if anyone would like to visit!) Please pray for our year-end finances, that our financial support would not end with a deficit. If anyone would like more information on our needs, please feel free to email.
As always we want you to know how grateful we are for each of you. Your prayers sustain us and your involvement in our lives refreshes us. Thank you for being a part of our ministry here and may God continue the work He has begun in each of us.