Happy day, y'all, and the peace of Christ be with you.
My grandfather with our youngest. They eat breakfast together every day.Our time in Chile has been a blessing to our family. My grandfather, who is 86 and goes into work six or seven days a week, has been enlivened and entertained by our presence, especially that of little Mara. My aunt, at whose house we're staying, has spent the last ten days in Miami and Lima, so that I've been spending much of every day with my grandfather. When I was last here he would angrily change the subject every time a word like "church" was spoken in the same room he was in; I think he was afraid I'd come to Chile to force a deathbed conversion. Now he is engaged with what we're doing, allows me to talk about the Christians I've met in Chile and our mission to Brazil, and even asks questions or makes suggestions.
Please pray for him. He's very healthy. I hope to return to Chile several times before his death, and as he suspects, I would love to be Jesus' minister in his conversion.
Kimberly told me that spending time with American family in Latin America has had the effect we hoped it would, providing her with a softer impact on landing. She's mentioned several specific things, but the difference in how ovens work and are used has been brought up more than once!
Many of you saw the post on our blog talking about the first setback on this journey. We brought too much stuff! At first we thought we would ship our stuff by boat from Chile to Porto Alegre, but yesterday we sat down and purged. We gave half our clothes away to a school run by a nearby Presbyterian church called Cristo Mi Pastor, which we have been worshiping at on Sundays. We're leaving some things behind with my aunt. And we're taking everything else on the plane and paying the extra fees. Our homeschooling books have made some of what we've packed non-negotiable.
I want to thank the many people who reached out to us after that post to ask after us, offer support, and tell us you were praying. It meant a lot to us, and it signaled to me that you guys are going to be an active part of our ministry in the years to come. So THANK YOU!
In five days the boys and I leave for Porto Alegre. On December 2nd the girls will follow.
The kids by a creek in Yerba Loca National Park, near Santiago, Chile.I'm going to lay out some announcements, including the best way to follow along with us regularly, and then mention some of our prayer requests.
1. New website #1! What?! Yes, number 1. OMI has launched personal domains, so now get all your ministry updates on what we're doing at joffre.omiinternational.org. This is where all the giving will be done as well, unless you're mailing checks in.
2. New website #2! Sorry to give them both to you at once, but that's just how the timing worked out. The family has a new site, from which we'll talk about our living experience as a family in Brazil. Domestic stuff, homeschooling, language acquisition, culture shock, etc. It's at www.portofjoy.com. So to recap, nuts and bolts of ministry work, site #1, family and life in Brazil stuff, site #2.
3. And lastly, Kimberly and I have started a new home registry! You can get us a housewarming gift by clicking here until December 20th. Search for "Joffre Swait" or "Kimberly Swait" where it says "Procure uma lista". Then click "Ver lista" to see our list! If you'd like to get us a housewarming gift or help us set up our home, this is a great way to do that. Unfortunately you have to do it in Portuguese, so if you decide to buy us something send us an email and we'll get you detailed instructions.
1. Please pray that we find a home quickly. We are staying with the Hochikubo family when we first arrive, but want to honor their hospitality by getting out of their hair quickly! Pray in particular that red tape (Brazil is the land of red tape) will not delay the process.
2. Please pray for our family's adjustment to our new situation. Of course, it will be a months-long process, but ask for God's grace on us in this regard even now. Pray especially for our twelve-year-old daughter, who often wishes she were "home".
3. Pray for my family's miraculous conversion.
4. Pray for the saints at Christ Church Porto Alegre (Igreja de Cristo Porto Alegre). They have been worshiping together now for one month. Pray for the families as they deal with all the trials of planting a church: Ochikubo family, Barcellos family, Dorneles family, and us.
Thank you, brothers and sisters, for partnering with and praying for us. I am so excited to arrive and begin our work. Don't forget to check out Port of Joy so you can get an extra-personal dose of our life, or follow us on Facebook.
The peace of Christ be with you.
Joffre, Kimberly, et al.