Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sharing with Partner Churches in California

These last two weeks I've been sharing with churches here in California that partner with me as I serve in Mozambique.



It was great to reconnect and share with my wonderful home church, which is a Brazilian church called Comunidade Novo Começo (New Beginning Community).






Speaking at Lawndale Wesleyan Church.

I'm grateful not only to talk about exciting things God is doing in the lives of Mozambicans, but also to encourage those here in the U.S. about what God is doing in their lives.





I'm very thankful for the prayer and support of all my partners in this work!



It's such a joy to reconnect, encourage, and be encouraged :)


Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Sister

These last two weeks I've been able to spend time reconnecting with my beloved sister :)
  


I visited my sister, Shauna, and her husband, Utaka, in Northern California...





...and their winsome cat, Bruce.





We ate lots of good food...like my first ever waffles and fried chicken breakfast :)





And I was able to do lots of wonderful hikes in the beautiful mountains near their home.





A well weathered tree.




A long mountain path.


And...

My sister is pregnant with their first child!



So my mom and I planned a Baby Shower "Tea"...





My mom's homemade cupcakes...






...and plenty of tea :)





We prepared a table...






...and invited friends and family to share with us.





Lovely ladies :)





My beloved younger...and shorter...cousin, Gwen, was wearing heels that made her taller than I...so I had to stand on my tiptoes to maintain my taller status >:)





Special hugs for everyone.





My sister with our awesome photographer, Aunt Valerie :) 


I thank the Lord for this special time I've had with my sister, family and friends :o)