Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bakery Roof!

Before we can get the bakery running, we've got to get a non-leaky roof in place!  This morning we finished putting into place the new roof.

Here are the rafters where the old roof tiles were.  They were old, and water was still finding its way through and landing on the machines, so we put up some new material that will keep the water out!

Once the new roof is fitted, we put screws in to keep it in place.

Here is a pictures of the last section of old tiles before I removed them this morning.

Here is a shot of Adrian and Edouard carefully carrying off the old tiles to the storage area - maybe we'll use them for an arts and crafts project with the kids in the future!

We hope to get the bakery cleaned up soon now that roof is in place.  We should already be able to start experimenting with the machines again after Carnaval!

Keep us in your prayers!
The Brothers and Missionaries in Salvador da Bahia

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Music Class!

Much has happened since our last post: Leo has returned to the USA and moved to Austin, Texas.  We are very happy for him as he has already found work and a place to live - thanks be to God!  After Christmas and New Year's the Brothers adopted a more peaceful rhythm so as to be rested and renewed for the new year.  Our two current missionaries, Adrien and Edouard, have returned from their break as well and are itching to serve in new ways.  In just a few days we plan to start repairing the roof over the bakery where Adrien will be moving forward with setting up a bakery program for the young people from Alto.  Edouard is very happy to be back spending time with the kids and in prayer with the community.  He is going to start teaching computer skills to a few of the young people who have shown interest.

I'm very grateful for Edourad's expertise in technology, he was able to make a little video of the music class we started a couple of weeks ago for the kids.  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I teach an introduction to music to a group of about 12 kids: we learn how to read rhythms and notes, listen to pieces to try to identify what instruments are being used, what kind of voices are singing, etc.  We also play rhythm games and have started learning some songs.  Here's the video:

I started this music class because we are still eagerly awaiting the arrival of Gabriela - a missionary from the USA who has been trying to get her visa for almost six months now.  Please pray that this situation gets resolved quickly!  We also have a couple who are interested in coming to live and serve as missionaries in the Mary Magdalene house - they are also in need of prayers so that their visas and paperwork are accepted.

God continues to bless us - may He continue to bless you!
Br. Francis Therese

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Special Guests

Hello Folks,

This past early December we had some special guests from the USA enter the community of Alto de Esperanca. They were welcomed with arms wide open. we had prepared a special welcoming for them, Showed them the work that had been done, and invited them to see the different houses. It was a very special day for all the folks.

 Meals were also made by our very own cook Dona Consa!

 little catholic girls smiling.

Big Catholic man smiling. Even though they didnt know how to speak to each other they both can express the joy in the lord the same.

 Americans can be a little shy.
But Brazilians have a way of making you feel at home, making you feel like "Family."
 I got to translate, and Fabio was able to speak English!

 Brother Francis showing these folks the work in progress at the Mary Magdalene house in Alto.
 Birds eye view of the community.

 I think when they saw how big the Favela was they were in a bit shocked.

It was really special to see people from different cultures share one faith. It was a good day. To be honest I really thought these folks were going to have a little bit of a culture shock but everyone got along just great. 

The community of Alto de Esperanca made different Brazilian food so they could sample. To see people from different cultures, different worlds able to communicate without languages, a simple smile was beautiful. J

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Festival Halleluya

Bonjour à tous :)
Connaissez-vous le festival Halleluya, organisé par la communauté Shalom ? Si non, voici une vidéo de présentation :

Et bien figurez-vous que nous avons eu la grâce d'y participer durant 3 jours, avec les jeunes d'Alto et de Saubara, à Salvador ! 
Des milliers de personnes étaient présentes chaque jour sur la plage de Pituba.

Petit cours de danse pour Léo et Adrien :)

Et puis nous avons pu constater le talent des danseurs brésilien sur scène.

Un jeu a été lancé : la foule dansait sur la musique, et au stop, chacun devait garder sa position. La figure la plus originale était récompensée.. et nos amis de Saubara ont gagné ! Bravo à vous !

Tous tournés vers la lumière (du flash :) ).

Un peu plus loin, la Sainte Vierge nous ouvre les bras, et nous appelle à adorer son Fils :D

Le voici, l'Alpha et l'Omega, Jésus Christ !

"Que celui qui souhaite donner sa vie à Jésus lève la main..."
C'était vraiment impressionnant à voir !

Et nous voilà déjà sur le chemin du retour, à chanter, danser, louer le Seigneur de tous nos coeurs et corps :)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

November post

Hello there,

I've been a little late to write about a blog, there have been a few changes in the mission that have taken place.
First my dear friend Ricardo has left Brazil to live in France in the hopes and dreams of becoming a Brother! Best of luck to you Ricardo.

Secondly we have recieved 2 new volunteers from france. Finally we have a team of missionary volunteers, that are here to help the community here in Salvador. Eduar and Adrien. With these new members of the team we are finally realizing how to function as missionary group. Together we are a really strong group that help eachother out.  They are way better then I am in soccer but its ok, I'd like to say a can beat them in real football, yea! Murica.

The house project is nearly complete Fabio and Joao are doing a great job, with the construction of the Magdalene house, its nearly complete. We have a grand opening ceremony in Dec.

The kids in the community in Alto are doing great, my soccer I think has maybe somewhat improved...

 Fabio is teaching the kids in the Alto to play at mass

This is Adrien and Ricardo being blessed by a cardinal!! pressure pressure Adrien!! Welcome to the Team!

My Brazilian foster mom, Dona Consa
 it was Eduards birthday!

 Ricardo left our "Monday spiritual group"and it looks like Eduar will be picking it up!!

This is Luis Carlos he helps us a lot in Alto de esperanca, he is 14 wants to be either a nurse or a priest!! He's helping with the work in the Magdalene house..

                                                                                 We are trying to have a game night with the kids on thursday at the Magdalene house :) it can get a little crazy with the kids and us
Life goes on in Brazil, one thing I am sure of in life in Brazil, Futebol is their passion..
  One last request, there is a button on the top left corner that asks if you could sponsor a missionary, I know some of you don't have the time or maybe even short on cash. I am asking if you are short on money that you pray for this mission in Brazil. After you read this blog set aside 5 minutes to ask God to protect and guide is mission in the favela, Alto de Esperança, Missions need money but they also need prayers. God bless you and thank you!