Jen and Phil organized an outreach last summer to raise some toys for the children in our neighbourhood here in Marabá. They found an engineer who was travelling to another part of Brazil who was willing to bring their suitcases full of gifts. The engineer had connections with a trucking company who transported them up to Marabá for free. Here is a video and some photos of the event.
Sorting and wrapping children’s gifts.
Deanna lays out the strategy with the volunteer helpers.
It rained all morning, which was no problem for the 100 children and leaders.
Mary was quite protective of baby Jesus.
Everyone loved the morning.
Julianna soaks it all in.
Mary looks around while protectively holding baby Jesus.
Mary is pretend sleeping while the angel talks to her.
“Sai da frente!” “Get out of the way, we’re coming through!”
Antonette and Madute were great helpers. They are entering the church through the Alpha program.
Deanna organizes the gift draw.
Little Emily wanted me to sit beside her while she ate lunch. Deanna came and took our photo.
Annika spent the morning holding her friend’s babies while she helped with the event.
Mary was very pregnant while she rode the donkey to Bethlehem.
The Sunday School class did an impromptu Christmas story play. Emma and Adriana were the teachers.
Reinact the Greatest Story Ever
Mary was pregnant, and they had to travel.
Mary sat on the donkey when she got tired.
The shepherds can all were brown shirts this year, thanks to some generous donors.
All the wise men can wait over here.
The wonder of it all.
What was the kings name again, who wanted to kill baby Jesus? Let’s call him Ruan. King Ruan.
Juliana can be The Angel of the Lord who tells the shepherds the good news.
Brazil has a National Day of the Bible. Our youth took the opportunity to spend the day eating together and getting ready for a Bible Character Dress-up night at Church.
Emma and her good friend Thaís. Thaís is about 5 months pregnant.
The young people in the church dress up as Bible characters. Emma and Bella were the main costume finders.
The young people stand at the back of the church so they can dance during the worship part of the service.
This is Ivanildo’s wife, Monica, and their daughter, Bruna.
The boys at the back of the church.
Aline is in Grade 11.
The worship team dresses up as Bible characters.
We’ve got Ruth, and Esther, and the Bride of Christ, among many other great characters.
Another Aline. All these Aline’s have very sweet spirits. The Sunday School kids love them. They all radiate love for God. They are such nice girls, all of them. May God bless them with ALL that He has planned for them.
This is Aline who married Eliel. They are the Youth Group leaders.
Deú is Deanna’s friend who comes over and paints her fingernails every so often.
She is a key person. There are always a group of ladies around her telling stories at her house.
Deú loves God, but experienced Him differently last week-end.
The girls started out thinking they would paint a snowman on a popsicle stick, but the project grew to where everyone could make their own manger scene.
Emma the Teacher
Emma and Bella created a manger scene craft.
Bella the Teacher.
Could you show me how to do this one part again?
Now you carefully paint the stick.
Fun with friends.
We are ready for you to come and visit us.
Vandro delivers steel around town for a job. He is not a church person. He started coming with his mother-in-law, and sometime later his wife started to come to church with him. Now they both want to be church planters in São Luiz someday. I am not sure they consider themselves Christians yet, but sometimes we don’t get the order of these things exactly right. It is the direction we are heading that counts.