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Elba was in London England this month participating in a board meeting for the Vineyard Institute. She has been a part of the board for over a year. She was asked to come onto the board to participate in the creation of global theological training. The Vineyard recognized that there is a need for the Vineyard family globally to unite together to improve theological training, so with this in mind they created the Vineyard Institute, the first worldwide Vineyard partnership for theological training. Vineyard Institute is a multinational, multicultural and multigenerational working partnership between all Vineyard Churches; with the aim to move forward and unite existing, recognized and future theological training under one umbrella, in order that leaders can be trained and supported at all levels of church life around the globe. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the site http://vineyardinstitute.org/
After the meetings, Elba and her friend were able to do some sightseeing and also got to visit France.
CDR, led a vaccination campaign for good treatment toward children and adolescents in Altamira. This campaign was not just ran in Altamira but nationwide. The objective of the campaign was to help combat the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adolescents by raising awareness to the public. The campaign was aimed at adults for the good treatment of children and adolescents through a symbolic vaccination, in which adults are vaccinated by the youth in the community. The vaccination was a piece of candy and the adults signed a vaccination card promising to treat children and adolescents well and help if any abuse is known. Before heading out to the streets, everyone received training through various workshops. Did you know that in Brazil, each year, 12 % of the 55.6 million children below 14 years are victims of some type of violence (SIPANI, 2009). Moreover, one in three girls (and one in four boys) are sexually abused before age 18, according to the Brazilian Association of Multidisciplinary Child Protection and Adolescence (ABRAPIA). We need to do our part to protect our children and abolish this evil in the world. Thankfully, we had many churches come out and participate in the campaign. I love it when the body of Christ comes together and is united. It is a beautiful and powerful thing.
The girls had a dance presentation at their school and they did a great job.
We are planning to come back to the States on December 6th. We should arrive in Ohio on December 23rd and will be leaving to come back to Brazil the early part of February. We are excited to see our family and friend. We are also excited to see my Dad. He is starting his 4th week of a 7 week chemo and radiation treatments. Praise God he seems to be holding up well so far. However, he is having a difficult time speaking and swallowing. Please pray that he will be healed completely back to normal again. Thanks!!!
Please continue to pray for spiritual, physical, and emotional health for us.
Love and blessings, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa
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