It has been a busy month for us. Earlier in the month we made two big announcements to our financial supporters, that we would need to raise more funds to stay in Brazil, and that we were moving out from OMI and attaching ourselves to the Igreja de Cristo.
We are pleased to report that we’ve got over half of our $600 more a month goal. Thank you! Please pray for us and consider helping us complete that goal. We have made a home here and would be heartbroken to leave our work after just a year. You can give here: http://www.portofjoy.com/giving.html
Early in September Pastor Uri Brito came down from our mother church, Providence Church in Pensacola, Florida to celebrate the first anniversary of our Igreja de Cristo. It was surreal for both us, me recalling hanging out in his backyard a month before leaving the country, and him remembering his previous visit, in which he’d met with just the three original families.
It was a blessed visit, with everyone encouraged, thanks be to God. Thanks to the beauty of social media, we could even see how Uri’s excitement passed itself on the rest of his church in Florida. We received a couple of letters from others in the denomination after Uri left, which is another thing that always encourages the saints of Igreja de Cristo.
Pastor Uri was present at our Brotherhood of Man meeting, which is meeting at a new location at which we can grill out and just generally man out. This new location is a blessing: it’s not necessarily easy to find a wholesome space to spread out in a compact Latin American city. We talked about how men can bless their churches and families by being more affectionate. Gauchos, unlike other Brazilians, are not given to displays of affection. So we practiced hugging.
Not really. We actually just hugged.
Game night appears to be becoming a thing at the church.
Spring has sprung here in the south. All the trees are blooming. Kimberly stops every half block to pull flowered branches down to her nose, and sometimes take pictures to sketch later.
I will be teaching Sunday School at the church for the first two weeks of the month. Bible study and Brotherhood of Man are continuing, and it appears we will be ready to launch an English-language service at Igreja de Cristo this month. The work in English is meant to minister to internationals in this city (one of the principal cities of Brazil) as well as to locals. More details on that effort forthcoming.
We are very grateful that the kids are doing well. Renata is visibly happier and is tackling Portuguese with more gusto. Little Joffre has decided that he also wants to learn Spanish on DuoLingo; we’ll see how long that lasts. I think he was inspired to become a language guy by his participation in an English lesson I gave last week. Mara bounces between Portuguese and English with me.
Prayer requests: monthly financial needs, to be able to stay in Brazil with these people we love, that our new ministry will serve to bring Christ to this city.
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Joffre, Kimberly, et al.