Saturday night we had the privilege of being part of the official inauguration of the new building of our church in Vila Safira. They pulled out all the stops for the occasion! Complete with balloons and cake, the celebration lasted late into the night. We celebrated with lots of music, a special skit, baptisms, a message from Pastor Magioli, a video montage of the church's history, and prayers of dedication for the new building and the church's continued ministry. It was a beautiful evening to reunite with people I've known from previous trips and to meet new friends.
This morning we attended Sunday school and the morning worship service at our first church plant, now 10 years old, Igreja Batista Viva in Vila Nova. During the service, there was more celebration with Pastor Magioli's grandson's baby dedication and our team's arrival. One of our team members Estela shared her testimony this morning, also.
The service was followed by lunch at a churrascaria, a Brazilian barbecue restaurant, where we introduced our team to a little more Brazilian culture!
We're looking forward to this evening's service and not having to get up very early tomorrow!
I'd love to hear your thoughts or if you have any questions about what we're doing. Thank you again for keeping up with us!
|Getting checked in with all our baggage!|
|The new church's sign - It was dark so a decent picture of the new church building will have to be forthcoming.|
|The inaugural service's program|
|One of the young people who was baptized last night|
|Pastor Alexsandro and his family serving in Vila Safira|
|This is the woman in whose home the church in Vila Safira has been meeting for the past four years.|
|My lovely friend Ingrid|
|Our team touring the improved Ministério Pão Vivo Offices at Igreja Batista Viva|
|Viny and Wanessa dedicating little Pedrinho!|
|Estela sharing her testimony during this morning's service|
|A cultural presentation at the restaurant where we had lunch|