The church has been doing well and we are seeing people coming into a relationship with the Lord weekly. Below is a picture of a church service where we had many people come and accept Jesus as their personal savior. However, with the amount of new people coming and accepting Christ the church has not seen much growth. It seems like as wide as our doors are open in the front, they seem to be just as wide and open in the back. This is not to say that we have not seen any growth, it is just slower than we imagined. We try diligently to get people plugged into the community of the church to which some do and others do not. I share this with you to ask if you could pray for us, the church and the leadership. Pray for the protection of these new converts and for the Lord to reveal other ways to help people feel more a part of the community.
We have been hosting a home group for quite some time at our house and it has been a blessing. We meet once a week and have fellowship, usually play an ice breaker game, worship and teach the Word. Also once a month we get together and share a meal with one another. This is a good time because it allows people to relax a bit more and get to know each other more intimately. This is really nice because it is not uncommon for people to come to our home group with their religious mask on which makes it hard to get to know them and understand some of the things they may be struggling with in a relationship, the church, or work.
The girls are doing well and they just started back to school. Camilly got to go to a girl’s 15th birthday party. The 15th birthday for girls is a BIG deal here in Brazil and some parents go to all stops to have the best. Camilly came back and said that it was really amazing. I wish I had pictures. Camilly got to wear her new boots that she saved for many months to buy. She is pictured below with her cousin Apollo. We really like this picture of Alyssa and her drawing. Her artistic expression to paint her face was purposely done to blend into the work of her painting. LOL.
Please continue to pray for spiritual, physical, and emotional health for us.
Love and blessings, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa
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