Sunday, July 8, 2012

10 years

On June 23rd we marked our 10th year of being in Porto Alegre.

10 years.  It went by really fast.  Looking back, I have learned so much, grown so much, and been blessed beyond imagination.  The biggest blessing of these 10 years is the wonderful people that God has brought into our lives.

I love our church family.  

I am so glad that I will be spending eternity with these people.

Today was a special day.  We found out about a house that is owned by the Catholic church and has been used for several years as a type of "soup kitchen" or shelter for the homeless.  They didn't sleep there, but went for a warm shower, change of clothes and a hot meal.  Most of all they received the love of Christ from the Franciscan monks who lived there.  

Because of a lack of volunteers, the monks are not able to continue the work they were doing and gave the house back to the Catholic church who owns it.  One of our members found out about this house and inquired about the possibility of us continuing the outreach to the homeless (and others who need help) by using this house.  

Today we went to visit the house and pray for God's will to be done.

The house is huge, and our church family walked around with stars in their eyes just dreaming about how we all could serve the Lord using this house.  We have not had a building for several years and our church has grown in number and in spiritual strength.  We don't need a building to be a family.  But  it was neat to see and hear the dreams of those who visited today and hear the humble prayers of petition that God would grant us the use of this house if it would bring glory to Him.

I am so thankful for the attitudes and servant hearts of our church family.  I am thankful to be a part of this group.  We'll see what God has in store for us.

Thanks for praying with us!


  1. You updated your blog! I prayed for you guys yesterday. I can't wait to hear the outcome of the house situation. Happy 10 years in Brazil. We love you and miss being a part of that church family.

  2. Wow I can't believe you have been there 10 years!! I love these happy pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.