Monday, March 21, 2011

Metanoia 2011

Metanoia means "mudança de mente" which means " movement or transformation of the mind", that was the name of the youth retreat. We helped organize and lead small groups during that extended weekend. Yes, our Portuguese was stretched and we can't stop praising God enough for His faithfulness in continuing to give us strength to keep learning, daily! Scott and I had the blessing of sharing a word with the teens, Scott spoke about temptation and I spoke about idolatry. To say that the weekend was a blessing, doesn't help truly capture how God moved and taught us all during that time. The youth retreat was held at the river community, a 4-5 hour boat trip up the Black River. It was tons of fun and I really enjoyed spending more time with the teens... learning from them and God move in their lives!

Here are some pictures of the retreat, there are more on Facebook on the 'Amazonia' albums, check it out!

Thank you so much for your encouraging words and prayer support during these last seven months! Bendiciones :)








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One of my favorite things in life is watching a sunset... watching the sunset on the Amazon river was something that I never imagined that I would have the privilege to witness...
Even through a sunset God can speak, God can affirm... God demonstrates His faithfulness and love..
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Que minha vida seja tua vida Jesus....

Friday, March 18, 2011


So there are a couple of songs that really speak to my heart here in Brazil... so I i just wanted to share one of them with you all! I've done my own 'really rough' translation, because I searched around and couldn't find one. Hopefully my translation isn't too bad. Don't be too critical I've only been speaking and learning Brazilian Portuguese for 7 months now.. be merciful please!? :)

"Os sacrifícios para Deus são o espírito quebrantado" (sI. 51:17)
"The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God." (Ps. 51:27)

Song Title: Sonda-me
Artist: Aline Barros

Sonda-me, Senhor, e me conhece, quebranta o meu coração
[Search me, O Lord, you know, break my heart]
Transforma-me conforme a tua palavra
[Transform according to Your Word]
E enche-me até que em mim se ache só a ti
[And fill me up, until you find in me only You]
Então, usa-me, Senhor, usa-me
[So, use me, O Lord, use me]

Como um farol que brilha à noite
[As a lighthouse that shines at night]
Como ponte sobre as águas
[As a bridge over the water]
Como abrigo no deserto
[As a shelter in the desert]
Como flecha que acerta o alvo
[As a arrow that hits the target]
Eu quero ser usada, da maneira que te agrade
[I want to be used, in a way that pleases You]
Em qualquer hora e em qualquer lugar, eis aqui a minha vida
[Anytime, Anywhere, here is my life]
Usa-me, Senhor, usa-me
[Use me, Lord, use me]

(the entire song repeats and ends with the bridge below)

Sonda-me, quebranta-me
[Search me, Break me]
Transforma-me, enche-me, e usa-me, Senhor.
[Transform me, fill me and use me, O Lord.]

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

can't stop dreaming about... tortillas!

Okay now i know that the first thing you are going to think is that must be going through some kind of food withdraw, negative. Or you might be thinking that I may be going through some sort of cultural shock, perhaps. Em, yea its probably that. All I have to say is that I can't believe that I have gone this long in my life without a tortilla. I keep dreaming about them.... I can't believe that I have gone thing long with out them... hahaha. I know you think I am crazy, but don't know if I can go on a lifetime eating without a tortilla in my left hand instead of a knife....

All I am saying is that next time that I am out of the country for this long and my family asks me for a list of what I want in the care package, tortillas will be among the first items on the list, if not the first. lol.

59 days till I get back and have a homemade tortilla in my hand!