Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Huebert, Deuteronomy and Louis

It's been great to see my family during this Christmas season!



My mom and I





My dad with my brother, Jeff, and his wife, Amy, with their three boys, Drake, Tyson, and Trey...


My three nephews otherwise known as Huebert, Deuteronomy, and Louis...

a.k.a. ...

Huey, Dewey, and Louie :o) 



Aunt Aimee with her three awesome nephews -
Drake is the oldest, Tyson follows him, and this was my first time to meet the youngest, Trey :o) 





On Christmas day little Trey showed off his dunking skills
(possibly with a little help from his dad)





Trey enjoying the net while he's up there.





Here's Tyson with an amazing backwards slamdunk!
(also possibly with a bit of help from his dad)





Then we played a game of Twister




I'm not sure if we actually played by the rules...





...but we had lots of fun!

 


Here's Drake in his new Africa t-shirt :)


Aunt Aimee sure does love her three wonderful nephews!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Brazil

On my way back to the U.S. from Mozambique I was privileged to visit and share with the National Convention of Missionary Churches in Brazil.  These Brazilian churches are excited about the possibility of serving through teaching, investing, training, and partnering with the national church in Mozambique! 


Pastor José Jacó Vieira, the president of the Brazilian Missionary Churches, who had visited Mozambique in October and had invited me to come to Brazil, introduced me to the pastors at the convention.




I was blessed to speak with the pastors about the work in Mozambique and share about some ways that we could partner together.  




I showed them what typical clothes look like by using a "kapulana" (the material wrapped around the waist) and a "lenco" (the material wrapped around the head).




This lovely missionary family, the Routons - Micah and Marla with their daughters Samara and Noelle, took great care of me while I was there :o)




After the convention week for the pastors, I was able to share with the youth at the Maringa Central Church the story of how I came to believe in the existence of God, and how He eventually called me to serve Him in Africa. I shared that although God does not want everyone to serve in Africa, He does have the best plan for each of our lives, and I encouraged these precious young people to trust God and surrender their lives and plans to Him.




I was especially blessed by the visit of dear friends Mario and Renata Gomes with their Grandma and their two boys Rodrigo and Victor, who traveled from another city to visit me while I was there. This Brazilian family lived in the U.S. for 5 years and was a part of my home church in Los Angeles. We spent several precious hours together catching up and sharing what God is doing in our lives :o)  What a joy it was to see them!  




Lastly, I was privileged to speak at the three Sunday services at the Central Church. Pastor Jaco, behind me in this picture, asked me to start out each service by singing a traditional worship song in the Tsonga language.   




It was encouraging to share with Brazilian brothers and sisters who have hearts to love and serve their Portuguese speaking brothers and sisters in Mozambique!


I'm now back...and very tired...in the U.S. to spend Christmas with my family, church, and friends. I praise God for this time to rest :)