Here are the happenings through August, culminating with our church's grand celebration here in the beginning of September of our one-year anniversary! Pastor Uri Brito of Providence Church in Pensacola Florida, our mother church, is visiting this week. In true Gaucho style we're treating him to lots of flame-kissed beef. He's been here two days and has been to two barbecues!
I visited a church called Manancial da Graça (Font of Grace) to give a guest English lesson from a real-life American teacher at their English-language ministry. We covered ordinal numbers (first, second, third) by talking about the Days of Creation. The grown-ups all stood up and sang kids' songs like I'm In The Lord's Army and Six Days of Creation. It was a blast and I hope to go back soon.
Kimberly hosted a ladies' tea which filled out house with women from her sewing group, the homeschooling community, and our Bible study. It was fun and loud, and Kimberly's scones were an exotic hit.
The brewery where the Brotherhood of Man group met surprised us by closing down, but the Lord provided an amazing place near our home. This very week we had our first meeting at the new place, with several new attendees and the staff of the new place asking if they could sit down with us and participate. All the guys were very excited by this developing opportunity to share the Gospel.
Renata started horseback riding lessons, thanks to her great aunt Patty. Every Tuesday she and I head down south of town and she goes for a trot. I think the teacher will be allowing her to gallop soon. Renata has really blossomed with this new interest, which was something she needed. We're very grateful for this.
Bible study is continuing, and a new couple has been attending. The wife is a believer and the husband is not.
A brother at the church and I are looking at developing an English-language ministry for the city through Igreja de Cristo (our church).
I continue to work full time between the North American School and private students. We are hoping to raise sufficient funds soon that I can pull back a bit from work at the school.
I think that's all the news that's fit to print! Thanks, y'all. We published several videos this month. If you haven't seen them yet, we'd love if you'd take the time to check them out.
1. Ministry Summary/Fundraising
2. Celebrating One Year As Urban Missionaries!
3. Personal update on life and ministry in Porto Alegre. Part 1 and Part 2.
Don't forget to follow along on our FB page, Port of Joy.
Christ be with you.