Last week-end we closed off the mission property so we could host a Women’s retreat. From Friday night to Sunday night the women prayed, ate, heard sermons, received council and prayer, and reflected on their lives. Sunday night the week-end ended with our church service. I gave my camera to one of the young guys, who walked around during the service and took photos. Here are a few of my favorites.
When the FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament was hosted in South Africa in 2010, Ivanildo bought a TV and a dish so he could watch the series. He also bought some fireworks, to celebrate when Brazil won the World Championship. Brazil did not w
We are having a week-end women’s “Encontro” (Encounter) retreat on our property. This is the culmination of month’s of hard work. I can hardly believe it’s happening.
To get started, we decided we needed to wall off the church, and put in a gate, so that we could close the property to the general public, but still leave the church open.
So we started building a 70 meter brick wall that is 8 feet high.
As we were finishing some of the neighbourhood ruffians beat someone really badly behind our church. Somebody else caught it on video, and wanted to go to the police or tv. Long story short, the police could not help, but they advised us to build our walls. We still had about 90 meters that was really old, broken down fences. So, we kept the bricks and cement coming, and built another huge wall.
We had to prepare a place to sleep about 25 people, and cooking and eating. For the meeting place we converted the tractor shed. The gates were installed days or hours before the event started. But it all happened…its all happening. Months of teamwork, and it all came together. May this be the first of many retreats like this.
Many of the women brought their own mattresses and electric fans. Most just brought hammocks to sleep in.
Some churches here in our city teach that Christians should not play soccer. This is considered, “of the world” and considered to promote anger and discord. We take the other approach. Let’s invite God into our daily lives, and as He helps us work through the frustrations of soccer, let’s take these new disciplines into our marriages, our workplace and our personal lives.
Part of making disciples is doing life together with people.
Just so you know, I’m talking, but I spend more time with people in other ways. Still,…for those who like sports and hanging out, I am happy we can provide this opportunity.
Deanna, Emma and Bella host a Girl’s Night on Wednesdays which usually includes an ice breaker, a game and a Bible study. Here are some photos of a Dress-Up night. Many of these girls come from difficult home situations. Most are crazy for the wrong kind of attention on the street. Of the Girl’s Club Deanna taught before we left for furlough last year, many are now single moms. They have not thought things through too well, and in many cases they simply doing what their mom did as a young girl. Is there any way to rescue them, or stop the trend? This is our hope.
Building trusting relationships where their is fun, food, a safe place to ask questions and share stories, and to ask for God’s help is a good place to start.