Here are the latest images from Sylvia and the team in the Amazon
Aloha from Belem. Brazil!
The team is doing well and is in good spirits. Yesterday we celebrated one of the team member's birthdays - Sophia - with Brazilian Bar-b-que... it was delicious and we all had lots of fun! I believe Sophia felt blessed and loved.
The health of the team is generally good, with some having a small cold or some diarrhea, but nothing major - praise the Lord!
We arrived back in Belem from Bacuri (the last community we were with) on Sunday, April 28th. We had a wonderful time in this community with the Quilombola people. The children's ministry went very well with the team doing lots of fun games and crafts with them as well as enacting Bible stories using the kids as actors - we've found this to be very effective as it makes the stories much more real. We saw around 25 kids commit their lives to the Lord through these times!
Both the Med and Dental clinics went very well with the Doctors and the Dentist being able to minister to each patient and share the love of God with them. In this way we saw 16 people come to know the Lord, which is very exciting! Please pray with us that these people will continue to grow in their relationship with the Lord.
Here in Belem we had the honor of ministering at the local YWAM base, as well as the public meeting with Amazon Reach and a local church. We saw many lives touched, challenged and changed as the Lord brought His word through us. It was amazing to see how the Lord brought together the testimonies and words people in the team gave - we saw the Lord orchestrating the services how He wanted them to be.
Tomorrow we will be going out to another community which is a mix of River people and Quilombola people. Please pray that God will move in a powerful way through the team. Our schedule will be as follows:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday afternoons - children's ministry
Thursday, Friday & Saturday mornings - Med & Dental clinics
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday nights - evangelistic meetings
We will come back into Belem on Saturday, May 11th around 5pm. We will be in the city until May 15th when we leave for the final Amazon community. We'll be coming back from that community on Sunday, May 19th around 12 noon. Then as a team we will have our final two nights for a time of debriefing and refreshing before we fly out of Brazil on May 22nd.
Thank you for praying for us as a team - it's a blessing to us!
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