May Flowers

The past few weeks have found us getting into a few interesting situations.

First of all, here in South America we are starting to get cooler weather. It’s been pretty tough, but somehow we are surviving. Nights have been getting down into the 50s, while daytime temps are barely reaching 80. It’s been quite a trial.

On a more serious note, last week our teammates, Hebe and his family, were over at our house spending the evening. We had prepared dinner and Hebe was helping me prepare my sermons for Sunday. We had a really great time with them that evening. Emily and I have found ourselves being able to understand most everything that is said to us these days (though responding properly is frequently another matter) so these times of fellowship are growing more and more profitable in terms of our understanding the church and the culture.

At the end of the evening, when we walked Hebe and his family out of the house, his car was no longer parked in front of our house. It was immediately clear what had happened. They were certain the car had been locked, but here in São Paulo that doesn’t always mean anything. While we had been hanging out someone had stolen their car.

We’re still working through some of the logistics, but it was a pretty tough loss. Not only was the car stolen but Hebe’s primary Bible was stolen as well as a number of other personal items. They are still evaluating what to do from here. Please be praying with us and for us as we are working through this situation with them.

Yesterday I preached in Portuguese for the first time. I had worked on manuscripting my sermon in English, then translated it into Portuguese with a friend here in the church, then went over it with Hebe. It was a bit of a challenge, but a great learning experience.

Chloe has been growing up more and more in front of our eyes. Emily has been taking time to work with her on sitting up, on rolling over, on scooting/crawling, and standing. Chloe rolled over for the first time on Saturday, and enjoys being on her feet. She has been a very happy baby lately.

Language school – our primary commitment right now – is still going well. It feels like at least every week, if not every day, we are learning things we are able to immediately put into practice in our everyday communications with people.

This weekend there is a lady’s retreat which many of the churches in the Sao Paulo area will be participating in. Emily will be going with a group from our church. I will be headed out for my first race in Brazil, with another missionary and a couple of Brazilians.

Please continue to be in prayer for us, particularly for our safety. The events of this past week have confronted us with our need for provision from the Lord for our everyday safety. Thank you.

*Featured Image courtesy of our friend Luiz Santos, from our Church.