Author: Larissa Meira

NEW BABIES IN THE HOUSE

We received 5 new babies and 5 new teenagers in Vila Betânia. This means that we have reached our maximum capacity and are adjusting to our new reality. We are grateful to be able to take care of all these children, especially at a time like this. Each of them comes with its own history of abandonment and abuse, so we hope that Vila Betânia is a place of healing and restoration. We have love to pour out on them and we hope they find their place in our home soon. Please pray with us that God will move in their lives and that they will experience the abundant love of our Father.

A NEW BASE

We are opening our first Shores base in Colombia! It is very exciting to share these news with you! We are expanding Shores of Grace in South America and we can’t wait to see what God will do through it. Carlos and Marian Cardona, who have served with us in Recife for more than 5 years, will return to their country of origin to lead Shores Colombia together with their two daughters. It is a turbulent time for them as a family and we ask all of you to pray for them and for guidance for our new location in Shores. The base will be located in a rustic area and will focus on isolated communities and villages in the area.

Challenges of street evangelism during the pandemic

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our activities that involved street evangelism were paralyzed or modified. We continue our discipleship, but online with those who have access and we have been providing assistance to some people we have already accompanied. Gradually the activities return to the original format, but we have already seen many reflections of this difficult period, especially for those who arrive in a situation of vulnerability, but we also see stories of overcoming, learning and miracles.

With the return of our team and the beginning of some projects, September was an exciting month for us. After 5 months without being able to go to the streets, the Father’s Love team met again with those who are in a situation of prostitution on the streets. As our base is located in a new location, we will not only go to the streets of downtown Recife, but also to a region known for prostitution near our base. As our team has not been on the streets for a long time because of the pandemic, they seek specific guidance for both locations. One of the things we realize is that there are a lot of new women on the streets, especially young people. The conversations have been challenging due to the fact that many women and men are under the influence of drugs.

Our Church on the Streets team has also returned to the streets! It was great to reconnect with people and families they hadn’t seen in a long time. As we walked through the park and around the corners, our team prayed and talked to people who live or stay in that area daily. As we continue to go on Thursday nights, we are discovering the change in movement, places and people that has occurred in the past five months, with the aim of finding new places where we can continue to reach even the smallest of them. Be with us in prayer for our teams, that they will have direction and wisdom in this post-pandemic return.

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