These trips always seem to start off with something that keeps us anxious. Our flight from Indianapolis was delayed by an hour and 20 minutes. We had a 2 hour layover in Miami. So instead of having time to grab a quick dinner in Miami, we walked off our plane and right on to our plane to Brazil. I guess God thought we didn’t need dinner since they feed us so well in Brazil!
We arrived safely on Saturday morning in Brasilia after a 7 hour flight from Miami. We met our driver for the 3 hour van ride to Goiania. We attended worship on Sunday evening, and the pastor had a great sermon on 2 Chronicles 20-1:20. He talked about facing struggles and not trying to overcome them on your own but turning it over to God. He gave some great examples and challenged people to look at things in their own lives they are trying to overcome.
Originally, our work in Goiania was going to be adding a stage, a play area for the kids, and provide furniture for the classrooms in a local church. About 8 weeks before we were to arrive, the pastor told us their landlord was raising the rent and it was too expensive. They had to move. God’s timing was perfect (as always), and the move date was set for the week we were set to be in town. Our new mission is to prepare the new facility, a former restaurant, for use as a church.
We are breaking down walls, filling in doors and windows, painting the classrooms, building a small kitchen, building a stage, and re-painting the front so it will stand out in the neighborhood.
The project has turned into more complicated construction, but everyone is working hard. Amazingly, we are ahead of schedule after three days of work. The team is tired (and often dirty), but we are all grateful to be a part of the community in Goiania and excited for what God has in store. It has been a time of reconnecting with familiar faces and building friendships with new ones. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the trip will bring.
Our first teams have returned from their camp adventures. Both Camp PYOCA and Kids Camp returned with awesome stories of how the Holy Spirit moved and worked throughout the week. Each camp enjoyed beautiful weather, meaningful conversations, and a deepened understanding of God’s incredible plan for His people. If you’d like to hear more about these trips and their work for the kingdom, you can contact the ministry directors or ask any of the team members.
This week, we will be sending off two teams. Our Brazil mission team leaves on Friday and our Morris Fork mission team leaves on Saturday. Each of these ministries have been a part of our summer missions for many years. Their impact can be felt across many generations and communities. As these teams depart, please keep them in your prayers for travels and health, but also that their respective ministries continue to bring these communities to Christ.
The Brazil team is preparing to work in a local church in Goiania. Their work will include painting a new space, building a stage, and purchasing a freezer for a local halfway house. The team is looking forward to worshiping with old friends, and serving with new faces.
The Morris Fork team has been hard at work planning their annual VBS for the surrounding community. Team members are excited to return to the small church in Kentucky and put on a week-long VBS. SPC’s visit to Morris Fork is a highlight of summer for many residents, and both team members and residents see God working throughout the trip.
There are many more missions ahead of us. As the summer continues, please keep our teams in your prayers. Your involvement and dedication to putting the Gospel in motion is what allows SPC to continue to change the world.