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Bitter Sweet Good-bye’s

It is hard to believe we are heading home. The team is looking for last minute gifts and souvenirs in the duty free shop. We have said, “Good bye!” We are excited to be headed home, but sad to leave our friends…

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We were not able to post as much as I had hoped because of schedules and difficulties with the WordPress app. Missing even a half day worth of posts seems like too much to catch up with.

To summarize, camp was full of food, fun, and fellowship. Sounds trite, believe me it’s not. I taught through the Beatitudes, which are challenging enough, but to take them cross culturally was even harder. From my human perspective I was discouraged in how I thought they were going. Fortunately, God is bigger than my insecurities and uncertainty. God used His word to encourage and challenge multiple campers. Thank you for your prayers in this area; they were answered.

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The lessons were followed by discussion groups. This was one of the teams opportunities to have specific and intentional time with the students. There were many good discussions that took place. We had prepared questions based off of the passage we studied ahead of time; the questions helped get the ball rolling. Often times, however, counselors and students would move to a deeper level.

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The afternoons were filled with game time and swimming. The last two days we took siesta’s. The late nights were catching up with everyone, especially us Americano’s.

Monday we traveled into downtown São Paulo to the market. To say it was crowded would be an understatement. In the 2011 census, São Paulo had 11.33 million people. It’s not a place to be if you don’t like crowds. Personally, I find it beautiful, and full of architecture and people of all kinds. But I wouldn’t want to live there!

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This morning, before all the final packing we visited a few of the families that are a part of the Making a Difference Project. This is an organization that Julie has put together and for the last ten years it has been helping under privileged kids. While they help with school work and have games and snacks the main focus is telling people about Jesus. One of the kids we visited responded to my question about what he learns there by saying, “We learn about God’s word!” It is exciting because the children tell their parents what they learn there as well, one mother told us.

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I hurriedly write this before we board the plane in São Paulo. Please excuse the many spelling and grammar mistakes. We want to invite you to join us February 1st at Hope Bible Church at 6pm to hear the story of how God used each of us. Don’t worry you will still be able to see the end of the Super Bowl… After all, the last five minutes are all that matter anyway, right?

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