Smiling (and Training) our Way through Brazil

All smiles in Matao…the first stop of our three city May Divine Expedition training:

Divine Expedition Team smiling
Divine Expedition Team smiling

Divine Expedition team members: son-in-law Phil and granddaughter Sydney…makes me smile:

Phil and Sydney Graf
Phil and Sydney Graf

“Romans as a Life and Missional Map” workshop smiles:

Well, most of them were smiling :-).
Well, most of them were smiling :-).

Three people came to Christ with Sammy and me during our outreach exercise (more through other teams we sent out, and teammate Stan’s preaching Sunday night):

Welcome to new life with Jesus Bruno, wife, and friend.
Welcome to new life with Jesus…Bruno, wife, and friend with Sammy.

In addition to the training, we had fun getting to know those in our training:

Hard not to smile when you're going to eat pizza...especially with friends like these.
Hard not to smile when you’re going to eat pizza…especially with friends like these.

Here is the group shot of those who participated in the training…I hope this makes you smile too:

Matao Divine Expedition Participants
Matao Divine Expedition Participants

Heading out of town escorted by police (who also participated in our training):

Some police don't smile...but gave us a thumbs up.
Some police don’t smile…but gave us a thumbs up.

Here is just one of over 100 responses we got to our Matao training (from Mara Sousa):

Obrigada pastor por tudo, vcs foram uma benção de Deus em minha vida, já estou tendo resposta em minha vida, Deus continue abençoando muito vcs.
Thank you pastor for everything, you guys were a blessing from God in my life, I’m already having response in my life, God continue to bless you guys much too.
Thank you for smiling upon us by your partnership, making so many smiles possible. I think God is smiling too.
Because of His great grace,
Linus and Sharon
P.S. More on our Brazil trainings in our next On Expedition (with Jesus) update.

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