This past weekend, Maikon and a few other chaperones from church took our youth group to the Deeper Youth Conference in Fayetteville, AR. The theme this year was “Faithworks.”
I feel very honored to have been selected to be a part of, this time, Alpha Chi. I have to make it clear, though, that I have so many people that have helped me along the way and, without them, none of such accomplishments would have been possible: first and foremost, our Lord God, but also my special wife Tati, my wonderful professors and awesome colleagues in the BMIN Program at HU, and my church family. Thank you all! ??
Tati’s mom, Mara, and best friend from high school, Marluza, arrived on October 21. We are so happy that they will be here with us for some time. This is their very time in the USA and they are very happy and excited to be here and to spend time with us and Joanna.
Marluza will be here until December 8 and Mara will return to Brazil on January 12.
• Joanna was due November 9 but decided to come 4 weeks earlier!
• Tati’s water broke on the night of October 13 and we rushed to the hospital here in Searcy. We got there around 11:30 pm and the procedures for Tati’s labor started right away. After long 22 hours and lots of different methods and experiences (epidural, inducing, and several hours pushing), the doctor decided it would be safer and less painful to do a C-Section. Tati’s birth canal was too tight, and Joanna was not in the ideal position for natural delivery.
• Joanna was born at 7:59 pm on Monday, October 14. She 6lb 7oz and 19.5 inches. She is healthy and pretty special! We know we are the parents and therefore are bias, but she is gorgeous and we love her to pieces!
• After a couple of days in the hospital, Tati and Joanna were authorized to go home. We have enjoyed learning to be parents and loving Joanna with all our hearts. You know that we have prayed really hard for her and now that she’s finally here we couldn’t be more thankful to our Lord for this amazing blessing!!
• We have had so many people (our friends and church family in Searcy) who have called, dropped by and offered so much help. Our Cloverdale brothers and sisters have even set up a meal train for us. Y’all are amazing and we are so grateful.
This Fall semester, Maikon will be taking four classes: Critical Issues in OT and NT, History of Missions, World Literature II (since 1500), and Western Civilization II (since 1500). It will be a lighter load because baby Joanna will be here in early November.
Today Maikon has started his senior year at Harding University, a journey that began three years ago. He says: “It’s been an amazing experience and I am so excited for these last two semesters ahead.” Our lives and future are in God’s hands! ??
For this past week, Tati and I — alongside a team of 8 other adults (and 3 kids) from Harding University Global Outreach Program, Matt Bell and Dee Was from Florida, and many Lithuanian counselors — worked at Ruta Christian Camp in Lithuania. It was an amazing experience working with all these 6-13 year-olds! Our team from HU planned and taught the daily Bible lessons and we also worked as counselors/chaperones. The Vilnius CoC does an amazing job reaching out to these kids and their families. We’re so thankful that the Lord has allowed us to come here and be used by Him! ❤?
We made it to Lithuania. Our Global Outreach team from Harding University will be here for two weeks as we will be encouraging the congregation in Vilnius and working at a kids camp! We’re excited to serve the Lord in this beautiful country! ?