Sunday, May 28, 2006

Prayer - Praises & Requests

Praise God:
1. Three of the four children have finished school!
2. We have renters for our home!
3. Ken's knee does NOT need surgery!
4. Protection as Ken traveled on weekends!

Continued Requests:
1. Rachel as she finishes school this week.
2. Ken's knee has bad arthritis and does need to follow doctor's orders.
3. Our Clubs director will sell our car AFTER we leave.
4. We are still needing to raise funds for Ken's master's classes.
5. Adaptation as we travel and live in the States for the year.

New Requests:
1. Counseling Conference being held here this weekend - Pastor Steve Viars from Lafayette, IN. is the guest speaker, along with David Smith from The Master's College (also ex- WOL missionary here).
2. Garage sale we will be having this Tuesday (5/30).
3. "Last minute errands", doctor's visits, dentist appointments, and activities.
4. Good-byes are never easy......pray for each of us as we deal with that in a different way.

In Sao Paulo

Ken as he encourages Clubs leaders from God's Word. Ken and I, along with three of our missionaries in training spent an afternoon with a group of 15 leaders. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Only Two More Weeks!

Yes, two weeks from today we leave for furlough. Please continue to pray as we prepare for our trip. We are all excited to see many of you!!! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Visa and Violence Updates

Things seem to be getting back to normal in Sao Paulo and the surrounding areas. Pray for wisdom and safety for the police and fire men. Actually, they need discernment in who is the "bad guy" and who isn't, if you know what I mean!
Due to the problems in Sao Paulo, we have not ventured to renew Susan's visa. But, we have gotten word from two very reliable sources that we should have no trouble traveling on the expired visa, as long as we don't stay out of the country for two years once it is expired. We do hope to make a trip this week to the Federal Police to get those details firsthand.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Clubs Staff Day

Our staff of 16 (9 adults, 7 kids) got together for a day of fellowship, brain storming, planning, and fun. We began at 9am and ended about 10pm! A real marathon, but a great time with a great staff!
Ken and Eneias take a break and "pick" a tune.  Posted by Picasa

Happy Mother's Day

Rachel and Susan at the Mother's Day Tea given by the youth group.
Becky, Daniel, and Josh (not seen) sing in the morning service. Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 15, 2006

Pray for Brazil!

Over the weekend, São Paulo and the surrounding cities had many gang riots and acts of violence. Inmates in prisons also participated in uprisings, banks were robbed, buses and cars burned, police attacked, bomb threats made and overall chaos. Shops have closed early, buses and public transportation stopped, and people in the city were told to be in their homes by 8:00pm. We live about 1 hr. from the city of São Paulo. Our town has also been on alert. God is still in control!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Missionary Conf. cont.....

Rachel and a friend explain the wordless book to the children.
Becky and the kids get ready to send off helium balloons with Bible verses attached. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Josh & Friends

Group of pre-teens helping lead the singing at the Kids' Conference Posted by Picasa

Miss. Conf. cont.....

Becky listens to a story. Rachel participates in a skit. Posted by Picasa

Children's Missionary Conference

Rachel and Joshua are part of the "Kid's in Training" helping at the children's conference. Daniel and Becky are participating. Daniel is in the wheelbarrow, trying to drop his package in the designated area, just as a missionary pilot would do when delivering to missionaries in remote areas. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Urgent Prayer Request!

Susan's permanent visa will expire in Jan. of 2007. We found out it can only be renewed here in Brazil. We are working to get that done and are praying we can receive it before we leave in 31 days! We are not sure of the full implications if we do not receive the renewed visa before leaving for the States. Please play earnestly!!!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Ice cream with friends

Micheli and Tamara take the kids for a treat!
10 scoops!

Eneias and Bibi - Clubs missionaries in training

This couple will get married June 17, 2006!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sports Marathon

Word of Life hosts a sports marathon each year. It is an evangelistic outreach and there are usually around 1000 people in attendance. This year was no different! Rachel played "indoor" soccer (played on a smaller court) with her friends from church and they got 4th place. Susan played volleyball with staff ladies and won 2nd place.

Daniel lost a tooth

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Wow - chocolates!

One of the Clubs leaders made chocolate covered strawberries for us. What a treat! Posted by Picasa

Bible Clubs training

About 35 Clubs leaders from different churches in the area got together for a time of training regarding small groups and evangelism. Ken and Jimo, our co-worker, led the sessions. Thank you for your prayers for this event!
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