Friday, October 29, 2010

God, grant us the...
Serenity to accept things we cannot change,
Courage to change the things we can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference
Patience for the things that take time
Appreciation for all that we have, and
Tolerance for those with different struggles
Freedom to live beyond the limitations of our past ways, the
Ability to feel your love for us and our love for each other and the
Strength to get up and try again even when we feel it is hopeless.

Being here, living here, serving here makes this old prayer come alive where each single word of it is so meaningful!

May the Lord bless you and even surprise you with his goodness and favor as you put your heart and faith into this ministry. We are very impacted and encouraged with every little bit of your demonstration of love, faith and care.

Thank you.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Has it really been two months since we posted the last printable newsletter? Whew! It has been eventful here! We have tried to summarize in this newsletter some of the things we are learning, and some of the things we are doing.
Feel free to print as many copies as you like to give to friends or at your church. We would love to know about it if you do! And don't forget, we love comments! :)

Tsukayama's Sept Videoletter from Fabio T on Vimeo.

September/October 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Neighborhood Kids Club and Other Fun Stuff. :)

Well, by God's grace we are making progress! The Lord is blessing our efforts here in our neighborhood, to see His Kingdom come, and His will done here. We are beginning to see some fruit. Praise the Lord!
We have had quite a few opportunities lately in various forms, but in order to not make this too long, I will narrow it down to the "kids club" that we started right here on our block. Last Thursday, we simply invited all the kids to come over. They did, ten of them, plus our own four made fourteen. I taught a simple English class, then Fabio taught a simple Bible class while drawing cartoon illustrations to help them visualize the point of the lesson. Then we played some games and gave out some candy. It went really well, and no one wanted to go home! We plan to do it each Thursday, as long as it doesn't rain.
Here are some shots of our fun day and these beautiful children:

Today is Children's Day in Brazil. So, last Saturday our church had a party for the children. We invited the children from our block, and their parents let them come! It gave us an opportunity to talk with their parents too, and we were greatly encouraged by the response they had to their children's participation with us. They are beginning to trust us. One family said they wished we would go to their house to teach what we are teaching the children. We would love to! Another family said the kids are asking them to go to church, and they do want to! Hallelujah!

Here are some pictures of the children's party at the church:

I dressed as a pink panther (and nearly died of heat stroke!!)
Now today, on the actual day of Children's Day, we are just about to leave to go to the favela (slum) to give out gifts to some of the poorest families and touch them with God's love. Pics to come later!!


Here Dominique and I are having a little girl bonding time. Nothing like clay masks and manicures to bond us together. :)
Here is the "new" fridge I facebooked about that Fabio is refinishing. "After" pics coming soon! It looks brand new!
I also facebooked about this a while back. I was surprised the first time I bought a *whole* chicken, that the head is included, stuffed inside with the organs. :-) I just KNEW you wanted to see it!
And last but not least, here is another outreach we helped with a couple weeks ago, in the next town over. It was for a group of ladies in our friend's apartment building. We had a great turn-out and were able to share God's love with many!