Monday, April 26, 2010

Uma Nova Casa do Senhor!

(A new House of the Lord!)

Saturday, after a week of non-stop work and preparation, we had our official "open house" service. Many folks from other baptist churches in neighboring cities made the journey to see our new location and to celebrate with us and to be apart of the dedication.

We had to borrow extra chairs, as we were expecting maybe 80 folks to be there. Well, about 115 showed up! It was a packed place! I pray that the entire city could hear us as we sang and worshiped together!!

Praying, thanking God for His provisions and answering our prayers

The kids singing.

Ms. Dawne's choral group from Braga.

Michael doing his thing.....

And Justice doing his.....giggle...this is his very special friend, Sarah.

Just one of the food tables.

Sunday School

Standing room only.

Kids getting ready to sing and Justice picking his nose.

Fun, fellowship and food that followed.

We thank the Lord for His provisions and for His blessings on the ministry here in Barcelos, Portugal. We are truly blessed. Thank you for your prayers, support and special offerings that helped to make this new location a fantastic meeting place for His people.


Becka said...

I want to cry for you ,(happycry) that makes my day,
Thank you Lord for your Blessings on them,!
love you girl,

Betty said...

What a great celebration! Congratulations on your new "casa do Senhor" ! :)
It really looks like everyone is so happy and I´m glad you are being so blessed!

Ingi said...

How exciting! Looks like you had a great time!

Mom said...

WOW... what a special Sunday service! It gave me cold chills to see the pictures. Its so awesome to see that room filled like that. The picture of Michael crying brought tears to my eyes. I know how close this is to his heart. No matter how much work it was... we know its worth it!
If that door was open I believe many people heard you all singing and worshiping! Maybe they will come next Sunday to see what they are missing!
I pray that God will keep blessing and taking care of all my babies.


Love Mom

Anonymous said...

Wow! Praise God for your wonderful new church building and the packed house. It's a blessing to have so much support and encouragement. The kids are adorable...even the nose picker. ;-)

Custodio's said...

Just a quick note to let you know (once again) that you all are very special to us! We thank the Lord for bringing you here to Portugal, to Barcelos, and Braga! You are a blessing on God's work! Thank you!

Dani Joy said...

Not many are going to understand how really incredible this is! But I am awestruck and speachless!

Praise the Lord!

Love you! You and your family are in our prayers and are very dear to our hearts!

Dani Joy

Amrita said...

To God be the glory, great things He has done. Good to see this

Jen said...

Awesome! Thank you, Jesus!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is so amazing! Our God is awesome and so are you guys! I love you so much and tell Trin I said happy birthday (Monday). If you guys need anything, just email! Love you!!!
Danielle Pelkey
*almost forgot to put my name again... that would be confusing :)

Heather Wheelock - missionary in Ecuador said...

What a blessing it is to have a place for the church to worship the Lord together. On the day that we dedicated our new building and had our first church service in our new building, I went into labor during Sunday School and had the baby before the worship service ended! Made it all that much more special :-) May the Lord bless your ministry there!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

A wonderful post of this special service! Continued blessings on all of you and the work that you have your hands in... Praise Him for the lives being ministered to!

Blessings & Aloha!
(My post this week shows some photos of the short missions trips that our 3 kids were blessed to be a part of.) Thank you again to your family's serving hearts.