I AM HOME!
Please pray for Jeter. Last night after leaving the airport, a thief with a gun entered the bus that he was on, fired the gun, and demanded Jeter's wallet as well as the wallets of others. Thank God that no one was hurt! However, pray that God's will be done as Jeter has lost all identification cards, bank cards, drivers license, calling cards, some money, etc. that were very valuable to him. Pray that he can get a new copy of these items quickly and easily.
Now the sequence of events that led to my safe arrival at home:
I spent Saturday downtown doing some last minute shopping and hanging out with friends. Then Saturday night the young adults from Second Baptist had a worship time/fellowship at a young man's apartment complex. It was fun! :)
Then Sunday morning I packed my bags and headed off to church. After the service, they had a church-wide lunch to raise money for missions. So, I ate feijoada, comida bem baiano (very Bahianan food).
After church, Anne, Nilzania, Josiney, Jeter and I were off to Salvador in a mini-van that we rented. It was a sweet time together. We were able to spend time talking on the way to the airport as well as spend a good bit of time together talking and eating in the airport.
Anne and I traveled together to Sao Paulo. Then we parted ways as I caught a flight to Atlanta and she flew to Miami. I changed planes in Atlanta and arrived in Charlotte this morning at 11 am. I have talked to Anne on the phone and she also arrived safely at her apartment in San Francisco (though a little later than expected due to a missed flight).
Continue to pray for Nilzania as she plans to visit the orphanage on a regular basis.
Pray also for Josiney as she has planned to give music lessons to the boys on Saturdays.
Pray for Jeter as his university will stop the strike and classes will resume on Wednesday. Thank the Lord that even though this strike was a seemingly bad thing, the Lord used it for good because otherwise Jeter would not have been able to work with us at the orphanage. Pray that he can make up for the time that he missed at the university due to the strike. Pray for him also as he visits the orphanage periodically.
Thanks to each and every one of you who have taken the time to read this blog and to pray for the prayer requests mentioned here. May God repay you bountifully through His glorious riches in heaven.
Keep checking the blog. I plan to add photos as well as the names of each of the boys so that you can continue to pray for each of them.