Where do I begin?
So much has happened since Saturday! You can probably tell because I have not had time to write!!!
Linda is feeling better today, so thank you for your prayers! I´m sure she is really appreciative!
I went to church at Second Baptist on Sunday night with Linda and Eddie. Pastor Jair and Zete invited us over again (but for cake and coffee this time). Again, it was a good time.
Linda and Eddie, Anne, and I went to the orphanage on Monday and the boys were really excited. They are getting even more excited knowing that the team will be at the orphanage on Sunday! Eddie and I got in touch with the Brazillian construction leader, Juracy. He is supposed to start working on the dormitory tomorrow.
Also, I thank God for His protection as Eddie, Jeter, and I exchanged a large amount of American dollars in to Brazilian reais today. This can be dangerous--obviously--but God is good and we made it home safely.
God is really blessing the boys at theorphanage because yesterday Eliana, the young woman I had originally planned to hire to work at the orphanage, came back to Feira yesterday. Eliana graduated from Seminary and then moved back to her hometown. I had been asking about her and apparently word got out because she showed up at the seminary last night and went with us to the orphanage today. She told the story of Joseph and the boys were all ears! They really enjoyed her. She said that she felt like God was telling her to come back to Feira for some reason-- we all know why-- because He has a work for her at the orphanage! Isn´t God good?
Also, my good friend Daniela (a Brazilian friend from when I used to live in Feira) came to visit this weekend and she also went with us to the orphanage today. She will leave early in the morning to travel back to the city where she now serves as a missionary through the Brazilian Baptist Convention.
Please begin to pray for the team from my church who will arrive in Salvador on Friday. Pray for safe and restful travels. Pray that God would grant them favor with the Brazilian government as they pass through customs. I´m excited because two of my friends, Laura and Chip, will be coming on this trip. Pray for both of them as this is their first time out of the country.
Pray also that if it is God´s will that it will not rain so much next week so that we will be able to build the bakery and dorm at the orphnage.
Pray that God would provide a quicker way for us to arrive at the orphanage. Now we are taking two buses to get out there. Today it took us two hours with waiting on the bus and walking to actually make it out to the orphanage. Normally, it takes only one hour!
Continue to pray for Linda and Eddie´s adjustment to life in Brazil. Continue to pray for unity among Anne, Linda, Eddie, and I. Pray that we will be an example of the body of Christ at work.