Today was another busy day!
In the morning we had coffee with Mauricio Yegros (a Paraguayan missionay at the Coral Springs CoC here in Florida) and Chris Fry (Director of Latin Mission Teams at Great Cities Missions). They were both very excited and encouraging of our plans for South Florida. Mauricio had been here in the area for 5 years and he gave us good hints and suggestions.
In the evening we had a delicious dinner at a Brazilian restaurant in Boca Raton. Carlos Preciado invited Mr. and Mrs. Guzman, as well as Mr. Olivo (Outreach Minister at the High Pointe CoC in McKinney, TX) to join us. Carlos had spoken to them about us and they were excited to meet us. Carlos and Erika Guzman lived in Brazil for many years and we know several church people in common. They now live here in South Florida and were also very encouraging of us moving here.
So far the response we’ve been having from everybody has been really positive. We also like the area very much. Well, let’s keep praying… 🙏
Today (Monday, Nov 19) we drove around Deerfield Beach. There are at least two large Brazilian communities here and we wanted to check them out. We also talked to some residents and went to local Brazilian stores and supermarkets. People were all very friendly and seemed to be quite happy living here.
We wanted to use our Thanksgiving break to take a survey trip here in South Florida. There’s a huge Brazilian community that lives in the Miami/Boca Raton area and we hope to be able to work with them after I graduate from Harding University.
We arrived in South Florida yesterday (Saturday, Nov 17). And today (Sunday) we attended church in the morning and had a meeting in the afternoon.
We attended church with our brothers and sisters at the Broadview Church of Christ in North Lauderdale. They have a nice bilingual congregation (Hispanics and Anglos). We had Bible study with our Latino brethren and then the whole church got together for a combined bilingual worship service. It was a very nice experience. After service, they invited us to stay and eat lunch with them.
In the afternoon we met with brothers Michael Osmann and Morris Legg, elders of the Hialeah Church of Christ in Hialeah. We had a good conversation and got to tell them more about us and our mission plans for the region. They were very excited and positive about what we had to say.
This fall semester Maikon has been taking a class called Living World Religions with Dr. Monte Cox. This class is a study of world religions and aims at allowing students to understand followers of these faiths as well as providing ways on how to relate Christianity.
This weekend, our class took a field trip to Dallas (TX), where we visited seven different religious temples (Hindu, Theravada Buddhist, Muslim Mosque, Sikh, Jewish Synagogue, Bahai, and SGI Buddhist). It was a very humbling and enlightening experience. These are all people who, ignorantly, are trying their best to come to what they understand to be God. We have all been warmly welcomed into all places and we can’t help but love these people who are so desperately in need of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
At the end of each day we got together for a devotional and prayer. Several scriptures have been brought into the discussions we had, but, two of them spoke to me in a more meaningful way: Acts 17 (Paul in Athens) and Jesus’ words in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
We ended our trip this morning, by attending worship service with our brothers and sisters in Christ at the Marsalis Avenue Church of Christ.
This past Friday (Nov 2) we helped our sister Susan Berry host the weekly Chinese Bible study with Harding Students at her house. We had a great turnout and were specially happy to see that our Chinese “daughter”, Rosalind, has been going every week. 😊
As a great surprise (as I didn’t even know that such a thing even existed) I was honored to be selected by faculty and invited to become a member of the ODK Society’s circle here at Harding University. Students are selected based on GPA performance as well as leadership skills.
ODK is a national leadership honor society. For more info, please visit: www.odk.org
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Tati’s birthday was on September 25 and Maikon’s was on October 3. On both days we were busy with classes, so on Saturday (October 6) we had a picnic at Riverside Park with some dear friends!
The 2018 Harding University Lectureships took place in early October. Our sweet sponsors, the Cubsteads, got to see long time friend Howard Norton (left) after many years. Back in the 60s, Mr. Norton was a missionary in Brazil, and at that time Mr. Cubstead was one of the the editors for the Christian Chronicle. Mr. Norton always says how much the newspaper helped the Brazil team advertise and find financial support for their missionary work.
Tati and I are very happy that we got to promote this beautiful re-encounter!
Harding University has many students from China, and Tati and I were invited to “adopt” one of them. Our friend Deborah White has a roommate from China and we thought that it would be very nice if we could adopt her roommate Rosalind.
Rosalind is a sweet girl who is here in Searcy to major in accounting. She loves K-Pop and spending time with her friends!
As part of this program, Harding encourages us to spend time with our Chinese students, invite them over for dinner once a month and plan a Bible study if they are interested. Please, help us pray that we may be a good influence on Rosalind. ❤