Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February Amazon Update!

Thank you for your prayers for us and for Elba while she traveled back to the States.  Your prayers were answered and Elba had a nice visit back to the states.  Thank you so much! We hope you enjoy the below email.  

We had a couple’s meeting at our house and we had many couples come and participate.  It is so easy with our busy lifestyles to not stop and appreciate our significant other.  This time with couples helps us to stop and refocus on the more important things in our life.  It is really good to see couples engaging with one another and to be able share different tools to try to have a successful marriage. 

Missions are a part of the Mirante Churches DNA.  We have teams going out to visit remote villages monthly to share the good news of Jesus Christ.  We have thrown into the mix at some of the villages some multimedia assistance.  What we have discovered is that showing something on the television really draws people’s attention.  It works because these villages do not have steady streams of electricity and need to use generators in order to have electricity.  To run a generator is expensive because of fuel cost.  Each week at the Mirante church we video our sermons and then distribute them to some of these communities.  It has been beneficial because when we are unable to visit the community, the lay leader can play a video of one of the sermons and everyone is taught the Word of God. 

Thanks again for your prayers for Elba while she was in the States.  She arrived safely and almost everything (additional overnight before coming home) went according to plan.  She had a very busy time and she would have loved to visit with more of her family and friends.  During her time she got to see snow, which completely reminded her of how much she loves tropical weather.  She sent the below picture to the girls, and not to be outdone, they created their own snow using laundry soap. 

Prayer request: Could you please pray for long time friend and missionary?  Her name is Daisy and she was engaged to be married.  Unfortunately, her fianc√© was hit by someone while driving his motorbike.  He seemed to be recovering well after the accident, but unfortunately, he passed away.  We are heartbroken for Daisy and we pray that the Lord will keep her strong, give her peace, and that her faith in God will be strengthened.  Please join us in a prayer. 

Please continue to pray for spiritual, physical, and emotional health for us. 

Love and blessings, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa

Tax deductible donations can be written and sent to:
The Xingu Mission
P.O Box 340785
Columbus, Ohio  43215

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Before Elba left for the States, I carelessly said that I would not shave until she comes back.  As the words rolled off my lips, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa said OK and they sealed the deal with a pinky promise.  Here is the result of the 10 day shadow.  Interestingly, Elba was not one bit interested in seeing the beard when she arrived back home.  So I cut it off before she arrived. 

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