On Thursday, we went to the beach market, where Nate, John Paul and I walked around for a while before having an amazing pizza dinner. We ended up getting back at about 1 a.m. and then had to wake up for the 3 day pre-teen retreat!
Regardless of lack of sleep, God sustained us and we started off the retreat. There were about 30 kids there and my team had 7 kids and 1 teenage helper. The theme for the week was The Armor of God, and we all taught a lesson throughout the week. I taught about the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We all played "The Amazing Race", and my team (the white team) won it. Saturday night, we had a dress up (or possibly dress down?) party called something along the lines of Noite do Vixi. The kids really showed a passion for God that was evident regardless of what language you spoke. The kids were a blast to have and a blessing to be with.
Brian ended off everything on Sunday with a talk about being filled with the Holy Spirit (which was extremely well done considering it was gauged toward pre-teens!). A few of the kids shared a testimony, and the same ones shared later on at church. After an amazing chicken burger dinner and the awards ceremony, it was off to Groupo CEO for church. Jordan talked about hypocrisy, and gave one of the best sermons I've heard in a long time (and I'm not just saying that because I like her). The kids all did a dance that they learned, and Brian spoke about how these kids are the future of Groupo CEO. It was amazing to see God work in such real ways with these kids!!
Anyways, that was Friday-Sunday in a nutshell... I know it's tuesday morning, but Monday will need a post all its own. Thank you so much for all of your prayers. I look forward to seeing you all soon.