It’s pretty astounding that out initial two years here is very soon coming to an end. For anyone who is unaware, Daniel cannot spend more than 2 years out of the U.K., for the Queen will claim she never knew him and he’ll lose his permanent visa. It is also a good time to take some much needed time out and visit our supporters.
One thing which is always striking about when we do life or mission internationally, is the power and fellowship with of God’s people, His church, wherever you go. Isn’t it great that when we become citizens of heaven, that is, to be Christians, we aren’t given a time limit or a probation period. Once saved, always saved. The bonds that are shared with so many people near and far is something for which we are very grateful.
The past few days has seen the beginning of the farewells. We had an away day with a barbecue, swimming pool,and football with family and friends last weekend.
It was the last English class on Wednesday evening and Friday our small group surprised us with an amazing dinner at our house. Everyone brought a dish and gave us a very fond farewell.
The Saturday kids club has been going well with new material we have introduced with the help of our friend Patricia. As well as ourselves having our to ourselves away, another 2 leaders have had to step down due to work commitments but we have a large enough and capable team that we are sure things will continue to go well.
The workshop continues to be non-stop and the team of apprentices changes face every so often but the current group are doing well practically, and all round in the vision of the project. We are so grateful to have a competent team to look after the project in our absence. Pastor Marcelo will oversee everything, especially on the spiritual side and in the development and promotion of the work.
It was most gratifying that a simple barbecue that the team worked on, was admired so much that a friend from church brought his cousin into the workshop as he was looking for some specific metal structures to be used for phone signal and wifi receptors all over the state. The gentlemen asked if Instituto Engrenar could produce these structures at short notice. Daniel was initially unsure as he was conscious that he would need to leave the contract in the hands of others. But alas, it was a great opportunity and it could open other doors.
The team had never made a structure like this, albeit fairly simply to weld, but praise the Lord, that in just a week, they made 4 of the 62 towers that have been asked to produce!
Another new venture was to take our jumble sale on the road! We had a LOT of items leftover from previous jumble sales and with, Daniel’s sister, Aurea, leading a small group in another town, she suggested we pack and up and sell up! We raised over 400 reais in a very needy area so a job well done.
Last month we celebrated Mothers Day, which is a really important day here. The children put on special concerts and plays for the mums and everyone gets together with family, as we did with Dona Arlete, Daniel’s mum.
One special boy turned 4 last Monday so another chance to eat lots of cake and sweet treats, and be grateful for the life of one cheeky monkey who is 4 going on 14 sometimes, but nevertheless a wee champion!
We are not long in from church where we were prayed for by the leaders and congregation.
So what’s left now is packing up the rest of the house and making sure everything is left in order. A long journey awaits us on Wednesday so better get some sleep in! Caledonia is calling…