We made it back to Brazil. We pray you enjoy the below email.
Thank you so much for your prayers of safety and travel mercies. We arrived back in Brazil on the 29th of October and once we hit the ground it felt like we were off to the races and things have only slowed down a bit. We are not complaining. It feels good to get back and get our feet wet again in the ministries. Elba preached two days after we got back and several people gave their lives to the Lord. While we were gone in the States, the leaders of the church did a great job nurturing the congregation. We are so proud of them and we praise God for continually raising up leaders to move the work forward. Our mission statement is being fulfilled “Training leaders and planting churches”.
Some members of the church came to our house and we had a barbeque as a welcome home party. It was really fun to get to see everyone and just hang out. It was really nice to see some old faces from the church as well as some new. I took some pictures of the party but I have no idea where they went. Maybe up in that cloud with all the other lost and deleted files.
Thanks for all your prayers for Elba. She is feeling much better now. We are still unsure as to what was causing the fever but by the grace of God it seems to be gone. The girls have been doing well with the transition. Camilly jumped right back in with her friends and is speaking Portuguese fluently. Alyssa on the other hand is essentially only speaking English. However, she is slowly moving into Portuguese. It is really funny to watch the Brazilians trying to figure out what she wants or what she is saying. Before leaving the States, some of my parent’s neighbor got together and bumped up Halloween a couple of days early for the girls to participate. They had a great time dressing up as little princesses. I asked Alyssa if she liked Halloween and she said “I love it!” This was their first time experiencing Halloween and so much candy.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers for good health, safety, and the Lord’s continued favor on the church and the ministries.
Love and blessings, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa