Everyone had a great time at the end of the year celebration for Living Stones. Raquel, one of the teachers (in the picture above) has done a wonderful job teaching Portuguese and Math, Fernanda teaching computers, Rachel teaching English, Caid teaching sports, and Pastor Flavio teaching archery and Bible.
We also had a wonderful and special Christmas Eve celebration for the kids! Happy Holidays!
We are so excited to celebrate seven years of God working through the church and Living Stones in the community of Cajueiro Claro! Come celebrate with us!
How wonderful to see one woman passing on a vision of ministering to women to another women--and how many women are blessed from there! We had such a great time celebrating four years of ministering to the mothers of the Living Stones children in Cajueiro Claro!
We had a wonderful celebration at Cajueiro Claro for all the mothers! The whole community is quick to come out and show gratitude for these women who give so much!
Living Stones Cajueiro Claro started in February with a new teacher for Portuguese and math. For Carnaval, the people in the community couldn't afford to go to the beach, and so they held Carnaval camp in the community, allowing many of the kids who would not otherwise be able to come to have a wonderful time.
Heloise, Pastor Flavio's daughter, has been doing well health-wise, and she is growing so quickly. Their family has had a rough time of it, with their car totaled last November, and their store and cell phone robbed in January. Often times, Pastor Flavio is back to walking to Cajueiro Claro, just like in 2010 when we began. But God is working through the hardships.
Last Sunday they had a church lunch, and some of the boys, who had stopped coming for some reasons, have returned. The two interns (from Indiana and Ohio) at the International school have been happily adopted into this loving community.
Everyone is looking forward to a special Easter Lunch for the whole community, coming up soon! If you would like to help with that celebration, click the button below:
God has been working in Cajueiro Claro, as our computer and music classes have gone on strong all year (with our teachers being grow up Living Stones kids!), along with tutoring classes and sports for our 25 younger kids. The soccer team has been great for the older boys, and although they have not won a game yet, they are more involved in the community. We are excited for our apprenticeship program next year!
July 22, 23, 24 were full of fun as we shared about three "J" heroes: Joseph, Joshua, and Jesus
Helo (Heloise) is the daughter of Pastor Flavio and Mercia. Two months ago, she struggled with a month-long sickness that was diagnosed as Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. It left her young body weak, and was a trying experience for her parents. Then, in the middle of June, she suffered from three days of high fever (up to 104 F). She is currently getting further exams to see if there might be more permanent damage/infection to her lungs, or other possibilities.
Please #PrayForHelo, as she is so young, and has gone through so much. Please also pray for Pastor Flavio and Mercia, as there have been many sleepless nights, and there are still so many unknowns. If you would like to help with any of the unexpected medical costs (there are many) for Helo, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been amazing to see God work through the Travassos family! Their love and leadership of the church and Living Stones at Cajueiro Claro is a blessing to everyone. Thank you for remembering to #PrayForHelo.
This year, from February 6-10, many of the different churches made sure to have a camp, get-away, or some kind of positive purpose for Carnaval week. Cajueiro Claro had church camp at one of the near-by beaches. Throughout the time, 17 children and adults had a wonderful time filled with rest, fellowship, worship, and God's Word.
The highlight, as most years, is the last evening, when they set up a time of prayer and worship right on the beach as they watch the moon rise over the water. Thank you to those who made sure that the children from Living Stones had the opportunity to earn a scholarship to come to camp!