From left to right – Breakdown at First band members are Eli Flanagan, Shawn Clark, Brett Yoder, and LJ Wilson.
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April 9Final word from Florianopolis…
Karen and I joined Ian in Florianopolis for our final weekend in Brazil. We are in the airport in Sao Paulo right now awaiting our flight home. The time with the Caze´s was special. Ian spent a whole week there. Following are some photos and a perspective from Ian that will give you a good idea of what is happening in Brazil with Claudio and Jessica. See you in a day or two. – LL
It’s a good thing my wife is at home in Oregon because if she was here I might not see any reason to leave. I love Floripa and I intend to come back annually to encourage the Caze’s and make sure the surf is still good. Surfar com Jesus! – Ian Courter
April 6Two girls in Mexico 70 slum.
This morning we had our final team meeting. It is early afternoon and Bala is already on the way to the airport for his flight. The rest of the team will be leaving Sao Vicente in a few hours. Karen and I are here for one more day and then will go to Florianopolis to spend the weekend with Claudio and Jessica. We are looking forward to seeing team member Ian Courter also! He has been there since April 3.
This has been a great team and a great time in Brazil. I don´t know if I have ever watched God do a wider variety of things with one team than this one. Please keep the Pach´s in prayer as they will likely be staying in Brazil for another couple of weeks. It has been really special watching them reconnect with their Brazilian friends. Thanks to all, LL
April 4Today was our first full day in Sao Vicente and man was it a full day. We went to a square a few blocks from our hotel and had an outdoor concert. We played a few songs and James preached the gospel.
April 3Monday morning, after about 3 hours of sleep, we made our way to the airport for a flight to Sao Paulo in route to Sao Vicente.
I want the moms to know that Rory has done a great job keeping an eye on our high school guys even though in this photo Shawn is having a milkshake for breakfast.
The guys really are doing great and Shawn told me this morning how thankful he was for our hotel and a real bed. In Rio they slept on cots at the church. LL
April 2As I write about Alex’s ordination service I know that words will not express what we witnessed in our spirits. The first song we sang, “Celebrate Jesus” (or something like that!) set the atmosphere. It was truly a celebration of joy and excitement for what God is doing in CC Rio. Alexandre and Lillian are a precious couple with a vision for the people of Rio and ready for God to use them in a big way.
March 31Jessica Caze and Bala Ramaya pray for a man.
Bala’s evangelistic zeal has been an amazing boost to the team. Missionary Jessica Caze, who joined us from Florianopolis, has been a major blessing in many ways including translation.
As I expected this team is experiencing a real variety of ministry in Brazil. We’ve been teaching in the church, doing outreach on the streets, beaches, slums and schools. As varied as the ministry so is the team. We’re blessed with fantastic cooks, gifts of hospitality, teachers and preachers, interior decorators and musicians. Thanks to Eli Flanagan, a young man gifted with his camera, for capturing the two photos for today. They were special moments that, at a glance, will give you a feel for what is going on in Brazil this week. LL
The team will spend this evening in a large slum called Boreu. Youth With A Mission missionaries who live there have asked the band to come and do a concert. Appreciate your prayers. LL
March 28Monday night was our first concert. Ace Café filled with people that heard both our energetic music and the Gospel. A local Christian Brazilian band, Philadelphia, played a smooth and inviting set of music before Breakdown at First. Members of the team surrounded us in prayer before we took to the stage and we surrendered the night to God. Amplified guitar melodies, the crash of cymbals and peoples conversations blended together to create a lively atmosphere. Rory preached the Gospel at the end and the room fell silent and everyone present clearly heard the message of salvation. – Eli Flanagan
Working hard literally inside…
March 27After all the planning and prayers, we arrived to be greeted by the most gracious people. They have served us endlessly with comfortable surroundings, wonderful food and amazing fellowship. We have come to encourage and serve them and instead they have blessed and served us. I was so blessed by the church body yesterday. Many of us expressed how surprised we were to see how large their body already was. The little room was filled with people and it was a wonderful sight to see them worship the Lord in their own language. Though I could not understand what they were saying the worship drew me to the Lord.
Tonight the band will be doing their first concert so please join us in prayer to cover this ministry. We’re looking for great things to happen, beyond what we could think to ask for! – Sheri Yoder
March 26We are all finally in Brazil and, for the most part, over jet-lag. Most of us arrived on Friday. Ian missed a flight and didn’t get to Rio until noon on Saturday.
Today is very rainy and though that changed our outreach plans for the day it has cooled things down considerably. When our plane landed in Rio on Friday the captain announced that the temperature outside was 82 degrees. I thought to myself, “That’s not too bad.” Warren reminded me that it was only 8:00am! Needless to say, it turned out to be a very warm day.
March 185 days before departure and despite sickness and chilly weather the Brazil Team trained together for 8 hours on Saturday, March 18 at Youth With a Mission, Salem, Oregon’s ropes challenge course.
As a team they learned how to work together to overcome this 12 1/2 foot wall. The challenge was not completed until each person was safely lifted and pulled over the wall.
The things they learned about themselves and each other will likely prove vital as they encounter all that awaits them in Rio.