December was a very busy month and in the midst of all the busyness 6 people were baptized in the Xingu River. During the baptism, the members of the church that came to witness this monumental moment, worshipped along the river’s edge. Whenever I participate or watch a baptism I always remember when I was baptized and how life changing it was for me. Please pray that it will be life changing for each of these beautiful souls.
We had a great Christmas service and there were about 450 people in attendance. We had wonderful time of worship, a presentation from some of the kids in the church, and a great Christmas message. Then some of the members of the church performed a Christmas play about the birth of Jesus. The actors did a great job and the play really held the attention of all the people at the church. Also, the men of the church purchased a cow and with the help of the members of the church we had the opportunity to serve dinner to everyone that was at the church service. To top off the night, 7 people gave their lives to Christ.
We went to Elba’s parents for Christmas. It was a really good time to be with her family. Camilly and Alyssa had a great time as well. Both girls received handmade baby dolls from my mom for Christmas and they were a big hit. Alyssa also received a DVD called “Barbie and the 3 Musketeers”. She loves this DVD, and as you can see in her oversized bathing suit, she loves to impersonate the character. Unfortunately, she loves to practice on her unsuspecting Dad. OUCH!!! Camilly finished her first year of school. Since she started a year early she will be going back to the same grade. Even though she was young for her class, she did very well. We are very proud of her.
Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks and blessings, much love, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa