Maikon has been taking his Bible electives in Missions pretty much since he started at Harding in 2016. Recent changes in the BMIN Program have allowed students to switch Bible majors if they so wish to. Maikon has taken advantage of this and switched to a BA in Bible and Missions.
Today Maikon attended Harding University’s Preachers Conference. The theme was “Preaching (The Rest Of) Revelation and the speakers were Dr. Kevin Youngblood and Dr. Devin Swindle.
This weekend Tati and I served as chaperones for Cloverdale’s teen-led youth retreat. This year’s theme was “Stained Glass” and the teens did an awesome job organizing everything. The lessons and the speakers that they chose were really good.
On Friday and Saturday (Jan 25 and 26) we attended two Missions Advisory meetings at Harding University. Tati and I got to make good and valuable contacts for possible future supporters. One of these contacts was brother Donald Collins from Hot Springs Village, AR. He attended the event and wanted to meet us and learn more about our plans for South Florida.
This weekend we took Cloverdale’s Youth group to Branson, MO. Teen Leadership Conference (TLC) is a retreat organized by several churches in Searcy and other neighboring towns. This year’s theme was “Worthy” and the teens participated in lessons and activities that were meant to help them develop leadership skills.
This week we got to meet the Rosses. They are missionaries in Paulínia (São Paulo state) in Brazil. They are currently in the USA on their furlough. Michael, Vicki, and their kids are very sweet people and we loved learning about their beautiful work with the church in Paulínia. We pray many blessing from God to y’all! 🙏
In this upcoming semester, Maikon will be taking 5 classes (Christian Teaching, Practicum in Missions, Chronicles, Elementary Statistics, and Music Appreciation). Tati will be taking Evangelism and Church Planting, and will also be auditing Maikon’s mission class. We’re excited for our classes and look forward to a lot more learning! 😊
Today we had a lunch meeting with Scott Emery, the Director of Hispanic Teams at Great Cities Missions. We got to share with him (and his wife Holly) our plans for South Florida. It was very encouraging to know that Great Cities is indeed interested in starting a Brazilian work in the Deerfiel Beach / Boca Raton area. Also, Scott seemed to like us quite a lot. We really admire the beautiful work that Great Cities has done in Latin America and surely would love to work with them in the future. Prayers appreciated! 🙏
This Friday Tati and I met with some families in the BMIN Program. We wanted to share with them some of our dreams for future mission work in South Florida or Portugal. Mr. Marvin Crowson (Director of Domestic Missions at Harding University) was there with us too. We all fellowshiped, ate pizza, talked about our survey trip to Deerfield Beach / Boca Raton this past November, and prayed about possible team formation. We love these families and would love to team up with them! ❤🙏