|Posted on October 17, 2010 at 3:32 PM|
After serving the Restoration house for 5 years God put it on our hearts that we were going to begin a new season in a ministerial journey after our furlough. So, once we left the Restoration house two years ago we renounced our hearts and love for that ministry to listen and do what God has planned for us. It was not easy because the Restoration house is a ministry that we loved serving and we had developed very intimate relationships with the boys that lived there. It is our hearts to continue to see these boys grow spiritually and physically in their lives with God and we will remain involved in their lives no matter where the Lord sends us.
We knew that God was giving us this time on furlough to rest in Him for direction. So, we started to pray and talk to each other as a family to see what the Lord was sharing with each of us individually. We prayed with open hearts asking God if we were to continue serving in Belo Horizonte Brazil or if God wanted to send us to another ministry in Brazil or even to another country. After a year and a half of praying, listening, and finding that true peace and direction we felt like we were to continue serving with Youth With A Mission - Belo Horizonte Brazil but in a different ministry that also works with children at risk, this ministry being the Light house.
The Lighthouse is a community center that works with children at risk in the slum. This house is found in the middle of one of the largest slums in Belo Horizonte and serves the slum community in many ways. They have groups of boys, girls, and adults that attend and participate in various activities. Starting always with a bible study and then the children go on to have time studying, getting help with homework, swimming lessons, craft time, computer classes, and many more activities.
We really feel like this is going to be a very exciting season. One thing that we love is that we will be serving in the slum that bore the majority of the boys that ran to the streets and we ended up ministering to them in the Restoration house. This ministry has the strategy to help the children that are still living in the slums to not go down the same road as the children we ministered to at the Restoration house. We pray and ask God to help us have the wisdom to reach these children before it is too late.
We will be arriving in Brazil in the beginning of December and will start serving the Lighthouse as soon as we settle in as a family. As of now we are still not sure as to how we will plant our lives inside the community center (Light house) but Sergio is probably going to be working with a group of teenage boys that attend the Lighthouse and I will be working part-time and caring for KayleeAna the rest of my time. We will be living outside of the community center in one of Sergio's brothers empty apartment until we find a permanent home.