- first time to speak for women in Bahia and on the island
- first kids free retreats
- first English retreats on the island
- first time to successfully teach English as a second language in a classroom situation
- first successful ladies' meetings with our congregation
- first of the boys to take the Brazilian college board exams
- first child of ours seen off on a missions trip to a foreign country
- First church retreat for our congregation
- First missions conference for our church
- First church work day
- First time to develop a college level class/curriculum (camping for Aventura Brasil)
- First Bible teaching events in local public schools
- First domestic air travel within Brazil ((trip with Greyson to Belem)
- First people directly saved from our work in Sobradinho to be baptized
Monday, February 10, 2014
In one of Paul's New Testament letters he gives a long list of all the bad things that had happened to him during his missionary travels. His list was to make a good point. As I have been considering our last term of missionary service (2009 - 2013), I considered the length of such a list for me. But I decided on a more positive list and found that there were at lots of "firsts" during the past four years which is quite remarkable actually since my husband and I have been on the field for twenty some years now. I guess you can teach old dogs new tricks! In spite of being veterans or old-timers we can still be fresh and innovative. My husband could add more to this long line, but the items in this list are things in which I actually participated or initiated. Some of these were things I had wanted to do for a long time and I suppose the time was right!
First super long trip for my parents - they've been many times to Brazil,
but in 2011 they stayed for close to five weeks! Best trip ever.
And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no ...
That seems to be the question every one asks us these days since we've arrived back in Sobradinho. What's next? What are you going...
This Friday evening the youngest of our clan will finish up high school and move on to the next stage of his life - summer! Oh, and then...
That's us on our first furlough in 1998. Byron was 33 and I was 32. No gray hairs, no flab, two cute little MK's. ...