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Beans, rice, and a lot of laughs!!!!

Isabella and I (Sarah) have just returned from a 4-week long trip to Brazil with the Art Ministry and theatre company “Art’s Creative Heart”. We were a team of 18 people, and now that the team members who are married have come back, the other 10 continue to minister in northern Sao Paulo in a city called Votuporanga.

During the 3 1/2 weeks that we were in Sao Paulo (in the cities of Campinas and Monte Mor) we reached our to Brazilian children, youth and adults, through artistic presentations, door-to-door and one-on-one evangelism, and through supporting local churches. We visited many favelas inviting children and parents to attend our musical comedy, Welandia, which they did each time as well as presenting the comedy and our other play “The Search” in several primary and high schools. Our team evangelized through drama and clown plays in evangelism events as well as speaking with prostitutes out on the street. We went door-to-door handing out bibles and spoke to anyone who would listen about God’s love for the lost.

This really was a remarkable trip and it would take a long time to explain and detail all that God did. God’s faithfulness is never ending and even reached out to Isabella in caring for her health (she got sick several time on the trip) and providing top-notch medical attention, medication, diapers, milk and even new dolls. The Brazilian people are so hospitable and welcoming and make you feel like you are a part of their family. I am so thankful to have been a part of this trip and for all that the Lord is doing in Brazil!!!


“PLENITUD COLLECTION” 5th Fashion and Art Show a terrific success!!

This past Thursday August 30 we held our 5th annual fashion and art show, which showcases two brands that are part of our art ministry as well as four new brands designed by our four fashion and design school students.

The fashion show was a wonderful success in our eyes because over 85 tickets were sold along with many unique and original designs. All present were able to enjoy some artistic performances as well as see the new collections for Spring/ Summer 2012. One of our missionaries shared a reflective word at the end of the show and many were touched by the message of hope and salvation.

Our four students graduated on Friday and two return to their homes to continue developing their talents and giftings to impact the fashion world with their personal brands. Lucky for us two of our students stay on with us to work in the art ministry and serve the Lord through full-time missions work, praise God!!!

Over 900 children came to enjoy the music and dance of Welandia!

This past weekend eight members of our art ministry traveled to the city of Garuhape in the province of Misiones to present our musical comedy Welandia in an event for Children’s Month. We were overjoyed to learn that over 900 children and 400 adults attendedthe event, an AMAZING turnout for this 10 000 inhabitant town!!!! We were so blessed to see the smiles on these little faces and to be part of yet another event planned solely to bring joy to children during their special month.

The sewing machines continue whizzing as our six international designers (from Bolivia, Mexico and Argentina) work on their Spring/Summer 2012 collections for our 5th annual fashion show. This year the show is called Plenitud Collection and is inspired by the fullness of God and features prominent details and pieces in gold. We are so excited for this show and to see the creativity and original pieces that will be presented on the runway on Thursday, August 30 in one of Corrientes’ most influential hotels, Gran Hotel Guaraní.

….. Bella enjoying a warm winter day with her best friend Lady!!!

Art Ministry trip a big and exciting challenge!!….. Destination: BRAZIL!

In the Art Ministry we are currently rehearsing dance, theatre, stilts, juggling, living statues, and more…. and we are busy sewing wardrobe, editing music, and writing scripts…..  Why? Because we have the big challenge of taking our whole 20-member artistic company to Brazil this November! God has spoken to us about reaching children, families and youth in our neighbour nation through evangelism and two big shows (our musical comedy Welandia) and a new show called “The Trunk” which will be fresh and thrilling to watch. Our proposed dates for the trip are in the month of November and we want to present and work both in Sao Pablo and in Rio de Janeiro. Please pray for our finances and that God will open the doors to contacts with churches, theatres, and schools to be able to make a difference and be a part of the exciting movement of the Lord in Brazil!!!!

Round two for fashion…..

the cure….

“If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn’t it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent the cure from the eternal wages of death.” — Dave Davidson

The sweet taste of growth…

This summer has been a fairly dry one here in Corrientes, dry and hot, quite rare for this northern province in Argentina. Normally we are accustomed to stifling humidity and rain off and on through the 5-7 month-long season. Thankfully, after a run of days in the high 40s, God granted our prayers and brought down RAIN! Sparkling, cool, refreshing rain. And with the rain, our grape vine is looking stronger than ever.

It’s a funny thing, our grape vine; we have lived in this house for four summers and the first summer that we moved in, we picked (is that the right word? I’m not familiar with grape-lingo) buckets and buckets and literally more buckets of grapes off of our vine. However, last winter we had to cut the vine because it was tangled and getting out of control and things were growing all over the place, strangling the other plants. The grape vine was misbehaving, thinking it owned our back yard, and that it could do whatever it wanted with the other plants. And so… we cut it. Pruned down to a shrivly little trunk, peeking out from under the grated roof above our outside laundry sink. Of course neither my husband nor I know how to prune properlly and the next summer when we picked only one or two buckets of grapes, we thought that we must have killed the thing.

But low and behold! This summer… it is practically teeming with grapes! The vine has taken on a life of its own again, but this time in a more organized manner, growing in all the right places, hanging down just where it’s supposed to, and full of plump, green, shiny grapes! And not only are there grapes, but they are DE-LICIOUS! They are sweet, just the right bite to them, and come off the vine in beautiful clusters. In fact, we have so many grapes this year that we are going to pick them and take them by the bucket-full to the mission that we work at, so as not to let any spoil just because we cannot eat them fast enough.

This all reminds me of something that we very often experience in our own personal lives. In fact, I know quite a number that are going through what our grape vine went through, or what I many times have gone through, and will surely go through again. Many times our lives get out of control, things become tangled, our priorities become lost, and we find that we start to strangle, or suffocate, those around us with our mixed up desires and attitudes. Many times we are so focused on our own personal survival, as was this grape vine, that we reach out to wherever we can, just to find that we are barely hanging on and not producing a single good work. When we find ourselves in this state, or if somebody close to us is kind enough to show us the state that we are in, it becomes essential to “prune” our life back to the basics in order to begin to grow again, to be healthy and producing again. Now, this is not something that we can manage alone, if I prune my own life, I will pick off the bits that I deem as unnecessary but will always leave behind those bits that are so important to me, but really quite dangerous. Human beings are always, first and foremost, as we said, concerned with their own personal survival and therefore I will not prune anything that would hurt me in the process. This just won’t do. If we had only pruned the most top branches of the grape vine, the tangled branches below, the ones guiding the branches at the top, would remain. No, we need somebody to help us in this situation, somebody that can look at us with eyes of love, eyes of vision, eyes that see our true potential and worth, that will snip off everything and anything that is hindering our growth.

Aren’t we blessed to have that someone in our lives? It really amazes me how God can always see past our tangledness and help us to reach out to the heavens, growing way beyond anything we previously imagined. It is something so necesarry to return back to the last straight point in my life, cut out all that doesn’t belong, and start again. In the long run, it will be well worth it, as my life, just like my grape vine, will produce a fruit that is sweet, large in number, and a blessing to all.