Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January update

We hope that you had a great CHRISTmas and a happy new year. Ours was very good. Elba parents and brother came into town and we had a nice time visiting and getting caught up on life. We pray that you enjoy our latest blog.

Sex trafficking has been a hot topic in the United States and it is starting to really gain ground here in Brazil. According to Wikipedia, Brazil is considered to have the worst child sex trafficking record. Unfortunately, human trafficking is one of the most flourishing and profitable criminal industries of the world. We sponsored and held meetings at the church in an effort to increase awareness and to help protect children in Brazil. About 500 kids participated and we talked to them about sex trafficking and offered assistance to any child that was presently being abused. We also had the chance to pray for them. We pray that the children left more aware of the dangers of sex trafficking and that a little information will go a long way to removing this abuse in Brazil and off this planet. Below are pictures of our early morning session.

These couples, not all future spouses or husbands present, are in the process of getting married. They have been coming over during the weekends and we have been teaching them Godly principles of marriage such as intimacy, goals versus desires, purity, and finances. Even though these couples live together and have children, it is really important to reinforce these principles to help them start their lives as married couples successfully. In this part of Brazil, it is very common to live together and start a family without being legally married. Even though they are not legally married, they refer to each other as husband and wife which is always awkward for me when I ask “Are you really married?” It is awkward because I would never ask that question to someone in the US. Nevertheless, we are very proud of these couples for putting their marriage before the Lord and being a great example to the community. Please keep these couples in your prayers.

Camilly and Alyssa are doing well. They love playing on the trampoline. Camilly is getting to be a good jumper. Can you believe it, she is already doing front flips. Alyssa is not far behind her, however, she would much rather ride Dad like a horse. We always have a great time jumping together, but my knees are starting to pay for it.

Love and blessings, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa

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