For the past couple of years, Lagoa has put on a passion play for Easter that is very well received by the whole community! The Living Stones kids came to see it, and have a special presentation as well.
The semester is going great with over 60 kids and our crew of 6 teachers!
Laoga Living Stones celebrated the end of the Year and Christmas by having a special trip to a community center (with a pool and sports area) in a different town. The kids loved the special bus ride and fun day out. As well, each teacher chose one special student who had really shown spiritual and educational growth this year, and those students were taken on a trip to Recife, where they got to see a movie and go to their choice of restaurant (of course they choose Burger King). Don’t forget to watch the yearly overview of Lagoa at the end of this post!
As they have for the past couple of years, the church at Lagoa de Itaenga put on a passion play for their community for Easter. They also had a special presentation from the Living Stones kids on Easter Sunday morning!
The kids had an amazing time at Word of Life camp for a special, end of the year outing they will never forget! At Christmas, they also had a celebration where all the parents came and the kids were rewarded for their hard work: one of the students even received a tablet, after meeting goals that they had worked towards all year long.
Every year we like to post some of the pictures of the kids in the Living Stones program, for you to pray for and remember. Listen to the update by Pastor Ricardo, and see these amazing kids (they grow up so quick)!
It has been a wonderful semester for Lagoa Living Stones, with 15 new students (75 total), five amazing teachers, and new uniforms!
To celebrate, the students and teachers went to Word of Life for a special Saturday of fun, with singing, eating, soccer, and of course swimming!
Winter break will be until the beginning of August. We are so excited to see God working through this amazing program!
We had a wonderful turnout of mothers for our celebration at Lagoa de Itaenga! It is so wonderful to have a chance to celebrate these amazing women!
Living Stones Lagoa started in February, with a new teacher and 15 new students! Not only are they changing these families, but they are reaching the community. The local public school regularly has their parent/teacher meetings at the church, and ask Pastor Ricardo to share a word (see picture above).
This is Joebson, who was "Student of the Month" for March at Living Stones. This year, the children are working on getting points through memorizing verses and behavior. First prize? A tablet. Great job Joebson!
It might be a bit challenging, as it is in Portuguese, but the church at Lagoa has a YouTube channel! Subscribe and keep up with what God is doing at ConecTe-se ICLI (translated: Connect yourself Lagoa de Itaenga Community Church).
This Easter, the church is putting on a Passion play. This was a big highlight last year, and many of the Living Stones kids and their families heard the gospel. Please keep this event in your prayers!
January is Summer vacation in Brazil, and the kids sure enjoyed themselves! They had a wonderful time learning about Jesus. Pastor Ricardo had a great trip to the USA in March. It is always exciting to share with others what God is doing!
It has been a wonderful year as we were able to double the program to 60 children! With 5 amazing teachers, the kids have excelled in education, and have grown physically with Glory Sports, and spiritually with the character program. We hope to be able to add 30 more children next year!
We were so excited to have the International school come and present a Christmas play at Living Stones in Lagoa de Itaenga.
The Living Stones children enjoyed the play, and having time to get to know the kids from the International school. We love this partnership!
We had a wonderful time in September with 46 kids, teachers, and volunteers at the zoo in Recife. But it wasn't just about going to the zoo (the first time for many of the kids), it was about building relationships and memories and learning from each other. Thank you to those who support us!