Sunday, February 28, 2016

Preparing for Easter

We have some exciting things coming up for Easter. The neighborhood kids don´t have school so this year we planned a three day VBS ending with an chocolate Easter egg and candy hunt. We will have lots of games, music and we will be teaching the story of Isaac being offered as a sacrifice, and God providing the lamb. We will be pointing them to Jesus the Lamb God provided for us.

For what we call Holy Friday we will be getting together with three other sister churches for a special service.

Also the men from our church are preparing a drama of the last supper. It will be presented on Easter Sunday.

As you can imagine this all is a lot of work to put together besides having all of our regular duties to fulfill.

We appreciate your prayers, that there would be good weather and especially that God would be preparing the hearts of those whole will be hearing the gospel.

We pray that John 1:29 may be a reality in the lives of those who hear the good news and in your life as well.
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

Monday, February 22, 2016

Surgery Update

Thank you all for praying for my surgery last Wednesday. The doctor said it went well. It took a little over an hour and they seemed to be able to get all the stones out. I had an overnight stay at the hospital and way feeling fine. After a few hours at home the pain medications wore off and I started feeling like I really did have a surgery so I had to send Mário out to the pharmacy.

I am feeling much better now, but it should take a few more days to be fully healed. Thank you for asking about me and especially for your prayers.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

One more surgery.

I got the doctors text. He said to be at the hospital Wednesday at three. Hopefully this will be the last of my kidney problems. Last November they took out a very large kidney stone but there were a few smaller ones in a different part of the kidney that he wasn't abel to take out. He will be dealing with them this week.

I shared with my husband a few months ago, after my last surgery, that I have a new appreciation for the elderly ladies at church. Many times they share with us their sicknesses and hurts. Although this has not been a fun process, it helps me to understand them and love them even more.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sickness and unemployment

This last month winter flu and sicknesses have been  abounding. First Tiago and Sara´s two children were sick, and went to the hospital. Lorena was sick and went to the doctor and hospital. Lara was sick, and Glauber´s new born baby was hospitalized four days because of a virus. Several other children from church have visited the doctor as well.

Several of the young adults have graduated from college, but as you can remember Portugal is still in economic recession, and have not found work. This of coarse is hard for them and their families who have to support them. Jairo, our youth leader has gone to many job interviews, but is not finding work either. This week he was called for a ten day job in France.

These things are not easy, but teach us to continually depend on our Lord for deliverance and provision. For we know that God´s grace is sufficient.