Saturday, December 19, 2009

Our fine young men!

Best friends since 1st grade, we couldn't separate these two when we introduce them to you!

David Lamp and Lee Peffer(2nd photo below) are our two newest interns. Americans raised in Brazil, David and Lee have been a very welcome addition to the internship. They have and still are struggling with culture and nuances of "a different kind" of Portuguese, but they are doing well and showing true missionary spirit!

Please pray for David and Lee over the next month(December 21 to January 21), as they spend a month living with Mozambican families in the bush. Please pray for their health and safety. Pray that they will be a blessing to their host families. Pray for God to speak to them in a very real way. Pray that their hearts will be open to receive all they will learn. Pray for them as they spend Christmas away from their families.

For the long term, pray for their continued time here and their return to college in the States in August. David is attending Cornell University and Lee is attending Huntington College.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Aderito Nhavoto is one of our second year interns.  Proof that great things come in small packages, he is a short little dynamo with an amazing smile!  Aderito is a very gifted preacher and very passionate about God's word. He to tell people about Jesus.  

Aderito graduated from high school last year.  He is the only believer in his family and is under constant pressure from his family to participate in ancestor worship and all kinds of traditional practices.  This is very heavy on his heart at all times.  Despite this, he is a hard worker and sends money home to his mother every month.  

We look forward to seeing great things from Aderito!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Our fine young men!

Beside our own incredible boys, we are privileged to live with 11 of the finest young men we have ever known. Over the next few weeks, we'd like to tell you a little of their stories and ask you to pray for them.

Americo is one of our two youngest interns and is 18 years old. He is a very talented musician, singer and dancer.

Americo's mother died when he was very young and he and his younger sister were abandoned by their father. He and his sister were moved from place to place among family members where they suffered abuse and neglect. For the most part, Americo raised himself while caring for his younger sister.

As our relationship has grown with these young men, as we have become a family to each other, we've often noticed a real distance with Americo. We could never quite put our finger on it until one day he shared his story with Rodger and explained the huge trust issues he struggles with. He also shared that, for the first time in his life, he has a place to belong and a place where he really wants to be.

Please pray for Americo. God so evidently has His hand on this young man and has brought him so far! God truly has a future and a hope for Americo! Pray that the emotional and self-protective walls will be broken down and he will develop a true understanding of what it means to be part of a family while in the internship.