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Mission: Church Planting
Last month we mentioned the new outreach activity into a social housing area planned for the Easter holidays. Having visited and knocked on each door with invitations inviting kids and adolescents for an afternoon of games, Bible story and surprises, we were encouraged to have a group of around eight on the first afternoon. The second afternoon had to be called off because of rain, but during the last two afternoons we were able to play football, chat and share a Bible story with two of the younger boys (Leo and Leandro). We will continue to visit over the next few months and pray for opportunities to engage with parents as well. Other events planned for Easter “Holy week” (prayer times, the ‘Risen’ film, outreach in the local market) were well-supported and we were encouraged to see those who are part of Comunidade Pedras Vivas (CPV) enthused.
While we are thankful for the much-needed rain, it is good to see the sun reappear. May also brings the annual festival of Senhora da Hora (lady of the hour). During these two weeks an amusement park is set up in the area, there is a medieval fair and there are various religious processions and services to venerate Mary, the “lady of the hour”. It is a curious mix of fun, superstition and rituals. It also means that there will be many people out and about each evening taking part in the festival. We are planning to be out and about as well, seeking to engage people in conversations to better understand this religious and cultural expression. We are praying for opportunities to bring the focus of the conversation to Jesus, the way, the truth and the life, and the only way to God.
• Give thanks for the initial contacts in the social housing area.
Photo: The new outreach
Give thanks for the enthusiasm and participation of CPV members during the activities of Holy week.
Pray for the two week “Senhora da Hora” festival and for opportunities to engage people in conversations.
Continue to pray for the summer activities and for the team from Adelaide Road as they prepare to be with us in July.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them” Matt 18:20