Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April Update

 Thank You
First of all we want to thank each one of you for your prayers, your encouragement, thru emails, cards, notes on facebook. We got so many it is difficult to answer all of them. It is wonderful to be part of God´s family. We truly have been blessed by you, and we have felt God´s presence with us.

Difficult times
We have prayed constantly for the last year and a half for Holiness in our church. Sadly this last year we have seen a lot of our people slowly falling away from the Lord. For many of them it has simply been difficult to pay the price of living for the Lord. The world seems to offer them a more attractive and easier life. Please pray that we may stay true to teaching God´s Word, and pray that God would bring the fallen back to fellowship with Him.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." 
-Galatians 6:9

Financial Class

During our time here at the church, we have noticed that most people are very bad at managing their finances. Living month to month, getting into debt, several families have even lost their homes to the bank.  Back when Mário and I were engaged we took Crown Financial Class with a missionary that was serving here in Portugal.  During these next few months Mário will be teaching this same class to two different groups, a total of about 25 adults. Pray that we all can be faithful stewards of what He gives us.

 Church Building
About a month ago the men from church spotted a building for sale a few blocks down from our building now. It is almost three times the size as our building now and is a really good price, 70,000 dollars. There are still a few maybes about the building and they are checking to see if the zoning can be changed. So please pray with us about this possibility.
Lorena is two!

Please pray for these special events:
Mother´s day
Children´s day
Women´s Retreat
Men´s Conference
VBS with team from Oregon

Friday, April 10, 2015

Baby Ester

Bless the Lord, O my soul,                                                March 2015
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
Psalm 103:1-2

We just wanted to thank each one of you for praying for us during these last few days. Some of you without knowing what has been going on.

In December we found out Baby Ester had a problem in one of her lungs, a cyst that had damaged half of her left lung. By February the doctors were convinced that it had stopped growing and that it would not cause more problems, she would just need a small surgery once she was born.

March 4th at eight months, I realized I had not felt baby move in a while and tried to get her to move for me, she didn´t. So we called the hospital, they said to come in right away. In the ER they did an ultrasound and we saw her heart beating fine. She had turned right side up since the last ultrasound, so maybe that is why I didn´t feel her moving like before.

The next day I had a scheduled ultrasound with our regular doctor, I still had not felt her move. The doctor saw right away that there was a problem with her growth and her heart beat was very faint. So they immediately took me in for a  C-section. Everything happened very quickly, but baby Ester did not make it past birth. Apparently the cyst was a tumor and had grown very rapidly in the three weeks since the last ultrasound.

Please pray for us that we might keep our eyes on Jesus, trust in Him and His promises.

 But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”
1 Corinthians 2:9

Thank you for all your love your prayers and so many messages you have sent us.

Mario, Lancy & Lorena