|Posted on November 17, 2011 at 8:40 AM|
As I sat down to write this update I feel so excited to share with you how God is leading us in our missionary journey.
We are finding ourselves at the end of our time at the Lighthouse in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. As we bring closure to this chapter in our lives it is bitter sweet as we are wrapping up this season but the excitement of the next is before us.
The Lord has spoke to Sergio and I many different times about how He wants to use us not only in reaching out to children but also to focus on their families and He has giving us direction in where to begin this new journey.
This coming year God wants us to dedicate our time by furthering our missionary training in the area of family ministry. It reminds me of when I first came to Brazil to do training that focused on working with children at risk. Until today is a huge tool that I refer to and I know that this coming year will be the same. It will give us more knowledge, understanding, and strategies in reaching out to children and their families.
In March of this coming year we will be students in a Family Ministry school held at YWAM Norway for 6 months. The first three months focuses on the biblical principles of family, marriage, parenting, and family restoration. Followed by three months in field application of these principles in family ministry and seminars. Right now, we are not sure where we will be doing this field application but it is a possibility to do it in the location that God sends us after the training time.
During this time of training we will also be seeking God for direction for the next season! It is an amazing journey that He has us on and are so thankful that He has called us to be career missionaries. We remain focused on the now and excited about the future! Where He leads I will go!
Growth and Renewal!
We will be arriving back to the states just in time for Christmas!!!! We will be mostly spending time with my family, friends, and reconnecting with our church families!
Also during our time in the states God has opened up an amazing door for our family to be apart of a three week retreat for pastors and missionary families focused on growth and renewal. We are so grateful that God as set apart this time for our family.
The retreat cost US$5,500 but God provided us with a US$4,500 scholarship!!!!!! Praise the Lord! The retreat is located in Michigan and will be there from January 9 - 27th.
Prayer Cards:We have new prayer cards with an updated picture. If you would like one to put on your refrigerator or in a place as a reminder to pray for us please send me a message with your address and we would love to send you one!
Praises:Over the past several months God has been touching more hearts to invest in our lives through their financial gifts and we have been so grateful. We want to Thank you all for your love and support!
Prayers Needed:Please pray for each of us to transition well. It is not easy always moving and leaving relationships/family but God's grace is sufficient.
Please continue to pray for our monthly support to reach the needed goal!
Needs:As we leave here there are cost involved, more than we normally use monthly. We move forward believing that God has called us and we are trusting in Him. Please would you pray for us and for the needs that are before us?
Traveling costCar once in the US (praying that we are able to use someones spare car)Temporary housing (if you know someone one who leaves their house for the winter, has a guest house, or a rental house that is not being used, or other ideas please write us!)Thank you for being faithful partners. We so appreciate the prayers and commitment to this journey of seeing people reached for the Kingdom of God. Looking forward to seeing you soon. God bless!
With lots of love,
(Sergio, Stacie, and KayleeAna)