Right now, I am praising God for building his church here in São José. It has been so encouraging these past few months to see our little group grow spiritually, and also in numbers. There were moments of (not so) quiet desperation in my heart that God didn't seem to be working, at least not the way I wanted him to and had asked him to. There were times of deep discouragement for us as it seemed like prayers were going unanswered. But all along, God was there with us, the Holy Spirit quietly strengthening and comforting us, encouraging us in unexpected ways, and lifting us up so that we could keep fighting this battle we're in for the lost.
The past few weeks have flown by as we get ready to leave for furlough. Here are some pictures of some happenings around here this past month.
|David went to Rio de Janeiro to speak at a youth retreat -- 8 messages in 5 days on living a cross-centered life|
|Our church group went on a one-day retreat ...|
|David's got ups! :)|
|Exploring the camp site|