Saturday, February 21, 2009

On the road

This month was a month of traveling. Not for me, but for Elba, I stayed home with the kids because a man’s work is never done. Elba traveled to a river community along the Xingu called Souzel, then, she went to a small community called Aqua limpa and then we all went to the capital of Amapa, Macapa. They were all memorable trips but the trip to Aqua Limpa (clean water) was nothing short of an adventure. Now that we are in the rainy season the road conditions are challenging. Slipping and sliding most of the way until you arrive. The visit was very sweet because Aqua Limpa is one of the Mirante Church plants. The community is excited about us coming to train and disciple, and there have been salvations over the last 2 years.

We also had a conference for our church leaders at our training leadership camp. It was a good time for them to just stop, and connect deeper with God. We pray that some of these leaders will soon be pastors and start their own churches. This is our goal, to train leaders and plant churches. At the end of the conference, Elba and I, as well as the other pastors, had the great opportunity to model Jesus and wash the feet of our disciples / leaders. Personally, for some reason, I felt reluctant and apprehensive to do this, but when I did, it was awesome. Not only did the Lord touch them but in the moment of washing their feet the Lord rested upon me as well. It is just another reminder of when we give of ourselves, we receive so much more.

On the home front, Camilly started pre-school this month. We are just testing it out. The first day did not go very well and she cried most of the time. We took a week off and she told us that she was ready to go back again. She did and she enjoyed it. Obviously, only being three years old, we do not want to force it on her yet. Alyssa is doing very well and for most of the time is a very happy baby, but she also has a flip side to her that is very determined and can get very mad if she does not get what she wants. As parents, we are trying to enjoy each stage of their lives. Time goes by fast.

Thanks for allowing us to share our life with you month after month. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Love and blessings, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa

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