Hi from Sao Paulo!
Greetings to you from Sao Paulo! Sorry I haven't posted but we've been busy since the moment we arrived. Right now, I am sitting here in the office of our host church, First Baptist Church of Itaim Paulista. This is an awesome church and we're getting spoiled. Can you believe they actually have a church van with a wheelchair lift?? They have a ministry for people with disabilities and the van has been such a blessing.
My time here so far has been great. Have you been praying?? This week I was invited to a non Christian school (as an inspiration for the kids). A few teachers stayed while I spoke and from the shock on everyone’s face when I began reading from the bible and doing my closing prayer I really thought the administration would be very happy to see me go. But that’s not what happened. Instead, they asked me to stay longer and speak to another class!
As we where leaving, the principal came to me and said, “Bernadette I have a big problem. The high school kids have told the middle school class all about you and now they're crying because we didn't allow them to hear you. They're now threatening to tell their parents! Do you have any free time that you could come back for this group?” I went back the next morning. A total of 38 came to Christ in this school!!
We are still facing challenges especially in the area of translators but so far we haven't had to cancel any engagements. On Wednesday night we did a triple translation! From me in English to Tony, from Tony in Spanish to Creuza (the pastor’s wife), and from Creuza to the congregation in Portuguese! Wow, that was wild! Amazingly enough, everybody loved it.
Well I better give back the computer. Please continue to pray for us. Pray especially for Sunday that everything will work out with the translating for both the morning and evening service. I know that God is truly able to above all that we ask or think.
Much love to you from me, Jeff, Tony and our new friends at First Baptist of Itaim Paulista. Thank you for your love, support and prayers.
Love from Brazil,
Posted by Bernadette at May 30, 2009 09:42 AM