Saturday, August 30, 2014

In Case You Wondered



Dear Friends,

Byron and I have delayed our return to Brazil as some of you are already aware.  Many of you know that during our twenty years of service in Brazil we have always taken short 6 - 8 month furloughs with only one full year of furlough.  We have also almost always stayed for more than four years at a time.  So we have at the counsel of several of our supporting pastors the decision to stay on for a few more months.

William has already returned to Sobradinho and is living in our home, working in the congregation and working with Timothy Reiner for a few days each week in Petrolina.  We hope to rejoin William by early December, 2014. 

Our son, Dalton, is the main reason we have extended our time in the States.  Dalton will be remaining in the States to finish out his senior year of high school and start a career.  Pray with us for all the details of his time in the USA.  We know that many have been praying for Dalton specifically for some time.  Please, now is not the time to stop.  He has many decisions yet to make. 

Greyson is homeschooling right now.  He and I have organized and planned out his whole high school career and curriculum to be able to graduate in 2018.
Thank you.  Michele Beckner Atha

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Caros Amigos,

Byron e eu temos atrasado o nosso retorno ao Brasil, como alguns de vocês já estão cientes. Muitos de vocês sabem que, durante nossos 20 anos de serviço no Brasil temos sempre tomadas curtas viagens de seis - oito meses. Com apenas uma viagem de ano de licença. Temos também quase sempre trabalhados por mais de quatro anos de cada vez. Portanto, temos o conselho de vários de nossos pastores apoiando a decisão de permanecer por mais alguns meses.

William retornou a Sobradinho e reside em nossa casa, trabalha na congregação e trabalhar com Timóteo Reiner por alguns dias a cada semana em Petrolina. Esperamos reunir com William no início de Dezembro de 2014.

Nosso filho, Dalton, é a principal razão de nós prolongarmos o nosso tempo nos Estados Unidos. Dalton será permanecendo nos Estados Unidos para terminar seu último ano do ensino médio e iniciar uma carreira. Ore conosco para todos os detalhes do seu tempo nos EUA. Sabemos que muitos têm orado por Dalton especificamente por algum tempo. Por favor, agora não é o momento de parar. Ele tem muitas decisões ainda a fazer.

Greyson está estudando em casa agora. Ele e eu temos organizado e planejado toda a sua carreira colegial e currículo de ser capaz de se formar em 2018.

Obrigado. Michele Beckner Atha

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Guys

 

Each of my guys means the world to me.

Their smiles make my heart glad.

Each one is a little piece of me.

Their burdens and sorrows are mine.

Their joys and blessings are shared. 

I am super proud of each one.

I love you, boys!

 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Come and Gone

Well, William has come and gone. He came to America a little hesitant wondering how he'd fit into American culture. He left more confident than ever in who he is and where he's going. William left ahead of the rest of us to return to Brazil. It was hard to see him go, but good at the same time. Somehow it was a verification of my years of prayer, teaching and a little Mama preaching. Verification that my efforts to raise up godly men have not been in vain. Verification that God brings the rewards in HIS just time. Verification that William will do well. See ya soon, boy!

VBS


Greyson and I have been going out to Vacation Bible School at our home church in Eden NC this week. We've been having a great time. The church is beautifully decorated with a tropical island theme. So far there have been about twenty children each night. It's great to see Greyson involved and enjoying it.

Crazy Experience

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 ...