Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Triple Dip

John baptized these three people on Sunday.
Socorro (far left) is Geraldo's wife.  She was actually very happy but she never smiles in photos.  The boy standing next to her is Rosendo, their son.  He's fourteen and helps with the family business of selling popcorn.  John has continued to meet weekly with Geraldo since he was baptized and Socorro and Rosendo began to study with them.  They were all ready to change the way they've been living for the better and to become a part of God's family.  Geraldo still brings more people to church in the back of his truck than any other church member.

On the other side of John is Ingrid.  She's twelve and one of our boys' best friends.  Andy might marry her if it weren't for a little girl named Hannah Beth in Texas.  Ingrid asked us to study the Bible and said she wanted to be a Christian.  When John asked her what she planned to do after her baptism she said, "Sin less and tell my friends about Jesus." 

Monday, January 12, 2009


Tiago is the guy in the middle of this photo and he was just baptized at the end of December.  He's standing next to his girlfriend Kelly, who is one of the original church members at Comunidade de Cristo.  Kelly is a lovely girl who came to the congregation through a ministry outreach feeding neighborhood children many years ago. 
 She started dating Tiago in September and invited him to church.  He began a Bible study with Osmildo (standing on Tiago's left side) and ended up asking to be baptized.

 Tiago recently passed the very rigorous college entrance exam known as the vestibular and plans to study physics.  He lives on his own and currently works for an energy company in Natal.  Tiago's only 25, which makes him exceptional because most people his age still live at home and are dependent on their parents.  Since his baptism he has plugged into almost every activity available to the young adults at the congregation.  He and Kelly have also made it known that they are considering marriage.

John and I especially like this good-spirited couple and hope for the best possible future for both of them.