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Brazil week 7

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Sometimes it is easy to start easing up as we approach the end of something. We are now coming closer to the end of DTS. It is crazy how fast time goes! I have, however, been encouraged to see how our group has not let up. We have instead continued in what God has for us, and God has used us in a big way as a result.

On Tuesday morning I had a new idea to try out. We went into the community and asked people questions that we had come up with. We were in two groups; in my group we talked to a man who had completed three years in YWAM a long time ago. He currently has not been to Church in several years and said his life has too many problems to have time for God. I was able to speak with him about how God wants to invade His life despite His problems and will take him as he is. Afterwards, he said he wanted to come to the YWAM Belo Horizonte weekly service! He also said he wanted to talk with us again after. It was great to see this man take a step in the right direction and I hope to hear from him soon. It was a great time as we made some relationships and had several other great conversations.

A couple days this week we were able to work with the groups they are starting here at the Lighthouse. I helped with a group for 6-9 year olds. It was great fun to do activities with the kids. We painted, sang and I pushed them (alot) on the swings. The message we were give them was on creation. It was a great experience and I’m glad I could build some relationships with those little children.

On Friday us guys got to go to a prison and do ministry. It was interesting to see how hungry and open the prisoners were for God. They all came out and then we began with worship. It is amazing to think of how great God’s grace is. No matter what each of these men has done to get into prison, God still loves them deeply. Jamie preached to the men and I believe they received the message well.

It was another great week here and I’m excited to see what God will do upcoming in our last week of ministry!

~ Matthew Lemley

Painting a mural in Brazil

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God is creative – and he made man in his image….thus we too are creative… in some way or another =).  This week we had the great opportunity to prove this. The base here asked us to design a wall, so that the base looks a lot nicer when the kids of the slum come here for activities and so that the kids can take something away from the painting when they look at it.

But how do YWAMers paint a wall?

Step One: The IDEA

Well, first of all, you….. pray. So first of all we simply asked God if there was something in particular that he wanted to have on that wall and to give us creative ideas. He is after all the most creative one and he clearly has a huge range of ideas to choose from. After a few minutes in prayer, we shared ideas that had come to our mind. We then ended up taking a vote on which one of the ideas we wanted to have on the wall. The vote was unanimous: The lighthouse idea. The idea was to draw an ocean with boats sinking and people trying to get to the shore, a lighthouse guiding them to a beautiful island with a castle on it and a king with open arms waiting for the people.

Step Two: The DESIGN

Here is the first opportunity for people to show off their God given gifting: drawing skills. Half of a degree of architecture does of course help. Willem did an amazing job with the design.

Step Three: The PAINTING of the wall

You take some paint, a brush and then you dip the brush in the paint and slap it on the wall. Or something like that. =) We have been working on the wall for more than four mornings and have come to the realization that it takes longer than we thought. Sounds like typically YWAMers to me; always the optimists and visionaries, rarely the realists. We are still not quite finished with it and it might be possible that we will leave some of the details, but it does already look pretty epic.

Even though you could keep a group of YWAMers busy with just painting, that is not the only thing we have been doing all week. After all the outreach is about Evangelism and bringing God’s kingdom (I am not saying that painting a wall with a message is not part of bringing God’s kingdom).  In the afternoons we got to do different activities this week. One day, Elisa, Jamie and Matt got to visit an old lady at her home. The lady has severe cancer. The last time some of our team had visited and prayed for her, there had been a real sense of God wanting to heal her but something being in the way. And God had started to speak to her about forgiveness. But at that time she did not think that she needed to forgive anyone. When Elsa, Jamie and Matt got to see her this time, God had spoken to her about forgiveness and she started to open her heart to God. It was amazing to see how God was touching her when we were praying for her. We really felt that this was also the starting point of her physical healing.

On Thursday afternoon we went to the red light district of Belo Horizonte for a prayer walk. It was so awful to see how some many men went to the brothels even though it was an ordinary afternoon. One girl that came with our team counted 14 men entering one brothel within one minute.  It seemed to be such a normal thing to do for them; it was as though they were walking into a grocery store. During our prayer walk one man came to talk to us asking for prayer. He talked with us a lot about his life and was really open about all the struggles he had been and was facing. We prayed for him and got the opportunity to speak truth into his life. It was so amazing how God guided and brought new hope into this desperate situation. It was really a divine appointment!

On Saturday we did something completely new and exciting. We had a roller skate disco for children from the slum. It’s something that never happens here in Brazil and the children were so enthusiastic about it. We had lots of fun, played games and talked about the amazing and unique plans that God has for every single one of them. It was so encouraging to see all the smiles on the children’s faces.

Highlights – Brazil week 5

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Wow, what a week!

On Tuesday we went to a local Kindergarten school, where we did dramas and shared about Jesus with the kids there. It was such a great experience and they said they loved having us coming to play games and be with them. We sang “Making melodies in my heart” in Portuguese, and gave out little hearts to the children with “Jesus te ama” (Jesus Loves You) on them.

In the afternoon Me, Matt and Elisa went on a house visit – which was in a “vertical” favela. It was essentially a skyscraper that had not been completed, as the developer had made a mistake building them and abandoned them and over the years people had moved in and created their own homes in the building. As we walked towards it I saw expensive houses on my left, and on the right piles of litter, graffiti and concrete. We ended up going to the 6th floor and visiting a lovely family – they were so welcoming and their home was very nicely decorated. We got to talk with them and we prayed for the family at the end. It was an awesome experience.

On Thursday I was really excited to find out that we would be going to a Youth Prison. I had wanted to visit a prison and do some prison ministry since coming to Brazil. It was such a fantastic event, we shared with two different groups and did a drama, I shared a testimony and Matt preached in the prison. The people there seemed to be really impacted. We talked with the guys at the end and one guy came up to me asking more about my testimony – I got to pray with him in the prison at the end.

On Friday evening we did ministry with some street kids. It was a great evening as we did dramas, played UNO with the kids, took photos together and shared about what God had done in our lives. They were totally captivated by the dramas we did and I could tell that they were really listening to the message we were bringing; that there is hope!

This week has been full of new experiences, challenges, working around difficulties but with God’s help we saw some awesome things happen and many people were impacted.

~ Jamie Allen

A prayer walk at night

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Last week we had a word that was very important. Flexibility.

After our day off on Monday, the week started. From Tuesday until Friday, we had a kid’s event every morning. We had different ages every day, so we had planned different activities. Tuesday, the bus was one and a half hour late, which left us with an hour left. Wednesday, the bus was late again. We had to be flexible again. Thursday, it was late again. But we were better prepared now so; over to plan B. Friday, late again. But again, we were well prepared; over to plan B. It was very interesting to see how the team grew, even over those four days. Where we lost a bit of the message those first days, the third and fourth time, the team was prepared for it, and the events were really good. The kids had lots of fun, and the message was being delivered really well. It was a great learning experience.

In the afternoons, we didn’t have to be as flexible. We were divided into groups, to do different things every day. Some went on house visits, some did practical work. Some played football, some did street evangelism. It was good to have our week planned out, more than before.

Things still change last minute though. On Saturday we were going to a wedding. It was a really special wedding, because it was a prison wedding. It would have been a great opportunity to see the prison and get to know the people there, because we might do ministry in the prison later. But on Friday night we received a phone call. We couldn’t come as there was not enough security to host us. Everyone was very disappointed at first, but again, flexibility. So, instead, we had another opportunity to organize and plan things we wanted to do.

And, we made the most of it. In the morning, we went to the park; an area uphill where a lot of kids play with their kites, where drug users hang out and where guys play football. We decided to do some worship there. It was a really good time! Then in the afternoon, we helped on the base with a football tournament. We got to play with a lot of young guys, and afterwards Jamie and Matt shared a testimony. A great learning experience as well, because those guys play some awesome football.

The highlight of the week happened Saturday night. The team had the idea of going on a prayer walk through the community. And so we went to visit different places. The favela at night is a lot different than during the day. The prayer walk was awesome! We heard ‘spiritists’ drumming their rhythms, we came across different houses we had visited before, went to some key places and we prayed. We prayed a lot. God put different things on our hearts and we all got to connect with His heart. It was an amazing time, where we really got to experience the spiritual atmosphere and were we prayed for what God had put on our hearts, the people we had met earlier, pictures and words God gave us. It was an awesome experience that we wouldn’t have had if we had gone to the prison. God can use anything, I guess!

Brazil, week 2

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This week the team faced physical challenges, which consisted of clearing a construction sight and scaling a mountain!

We began the week working with an organization called Compassion, to help clear and rebuild a house which had collapsed in the favela (slum). What once was a home was reduced to a pile of charred wood, rubble, and trash, with the local community using the site as a dump. The city government had promised the use of a large container; however, said container that should have been awaiting the team, was nowhere to be seen. Despite the relatively minor hindrance of the team not having anywhere to put the rubbish, we were able to clear a large portion of the foundations on which reconstruction will soon commence. The work was physically exhausting yet invigorating at the same time; sweat dripped, blisters arose, and backs ached. By the end we had managed to move the majority of the rubble yet, with more work to be done, we hope to return soon.

Our next adventure took us to a higher place; literally, metaphorically, and physically. The favela sits in the shadow of a picturesque mountain which overlooks the cityscape. We hiked to the top of the peak from where we prayed for the city and the local community. Tapping into the Father’s heart, each team member prayed into a specific aspect of His desires for the city. We came against curses and spoke out blessings over a people that desperately need it.

Having overcome both physical challenges we moved on to an unchartered sector of space; planning and organizing. After having spoken with a pastor of a local church, we were given the task of organizing an outreach program. With the team feeling more comfortable participating in an organized event, the challenge now was to create an event ourselves. Having been pushed out of our comfort zones we had to draw on the Lord for strength and creativity. With His help, we successfully put together two children’s programs; both of which were highly successful, with an excess of forty children each day.

Building on the encouragement of our prior success we are looking forward to the potential of the coming weekend where we once again have free reign. We are placing our trust on the Lord to once again bless us with inspiration and those to minister to with His presence.

~ Luke & Kylie

Note: Whilst the team is experiencing seasonal rain, they are not in the area of Brazil currently affected by landslides.

Brazil, the first week

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On the 31st of December, 2010, we arrived safely in ‘the Lighthouse’, in Belo Horizonte. The Lighthouse is part of the Youth With a Mission base, in Portuguese: Jovens Com Uma Mission, ‘Jocum’ for short. It is a big house, built on a hill. It is situated in the middle of a Favela, a township built on a hill.

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Brazil team go on outreach!

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Today the September DTS team go on outreach to Brazil! Join us in praying for them!

Pray for:

– many to get to know God through the team. Pray that they get many opportunities to share God’s love with the people in Brazil and for people’s hearts to be open to God. Pray for miracles and healings and for God to reveal himself to people through the team.

– God to reveal more of his heart for the world to the team and for them to grow in their knowledge of His love for themselves and for others.

– good journeys and safety in travel, etc. Pray that the team quickly gets accustomed to the time zone, food and weather of Brazil and that they are able to fall in love with the place and the people.

We’ll keep you posted as to how they get on!