How's your summer going?
Well, I just had 10 days off (yeah only 10 days! here at work we were used to have 30 days off... no more!) and I enjoyed these days to help a ministry I already talked about it here and also could have one my dearest friend Rozenir Sousa with me.
We spent 1 week there (no signal, no nothing) and the atmosphere was COMPLETELY different of what I am used to.
And I say this not just because of the things we don't have in a big city like transportation, grocery stores, schools, internet and phone signal and many other things but specially because those people reality is too much for them. I'll explain you...
One of the main goals of a Adonia project, besides share Jesus is reach people without "financial condition" like, most of their projects are in poor community and most of these kids can have their three meals plus snacks. I know from some of you it may sounds like absurd that people just go to join a project because there's food. YES! Believe me! many many people out there have NONE condition and when they have an opportunity like that they just CAN'T miss it!
But what surprised me most was the fact that most of these kids has a family model completely different of the one God wants us to us (father+mother+children). Some doesn't have dad or mom or any! Besides that, some of those who have a family don't have love or care from them so when we get there when we give them attention or hug them seems like they see in us a "love fountain" where they never want to leave the side.
Talking about the project, our day consisted in early in the morning wake up and have our bible devotion before the kids get there. It worked like a camp for us leaders and some kids who could stay at the project. After a delicious breakfast we were ready to hold the kids and take them to the morning service before they start praticing for the musical. We always had a great time singing about Jesus' love and reading the bible on the small groups! I had the honor to lead a small group of 12-15 years old girls and they blessed me more than could imagine!
:: morning service ::
:: my small group girls ::
:: Cícero and I ::
:: silly boys ::
Our musical was about Jesus Christ rising from the death (Luke 24) and we had the opportunity to present it in Palmeirais (it's a small town 40 minutes away from the community we were) and besides all their excitment also nervousism dominate their hearts for a while BUT it was tremendously beautiful and gracious see those kids giving their best to God through their presentation. Basically they just have 1 week to learn all the lyrics+texts and they there's so much effort from them and our team. It's contangious!
:: presentation time! ::
In Palmeirais, in 2010 to be more specific, I had the honor to work with a mission from Kentucky-USA and there we shared about Jesus' love with that community and also were so encouraged by the pastor jurandi and his family who's reponsible for the Baptist project there!
I honestly don't remember the last time I saw them since 2010 but our surprise our team was going to visit Palmeirais and guess who I saw again? YES! Pastor Jurandi and his family! For me it was so special to meet them there plus his wife, sister Ana, is woman of God with authoraty of the HOly Spirit in a way I never saw before in anyone else! She encourages me so much and support me and my family through prayers like no other and oh gosh, to hug her again brought a bunche of tears! hahaha I love them!
:: Pastor Jurandi and his wife sister Ana ::
:: back home from Palmeirais ::
After the presentation in Palmeirais we needed to focus in our next presentation in Bom Jardim community and see how amazed they were just filled our heart of gratitude of what God did! It was a different atmosphere because their families and friends would be there to see them on the stage but you know what amazed me most? The fact God changed their hearts mostly mine!
Roze and I were talking about how crazy this world values are nowadays!
If you graduate you have to have a job that will allow you to make lots of money and you must flaunt the best you have to make people "accept" you. The worst of this is that MANY end up doing exactly this and MANY of them cultivate christian principles. In my opinion, live just like this world preaches is to go contrary of Romans 12:2 says and, in the end, it won't be woth it!
God touched my heart once again to have my heart on the track specially value "things" He value MOST: people!
Actually, more than people.
HIS BELOVED CHILDREN!
:: ma boys ::
:: Cleyson and I ::
:: Roze and I ::
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 João 3:1
1 João 3:1