Monday, February 23, 2009

Back to the soccer field...

We are back to the soccer field, finally!

Well, this nice and green field is only 1 in 3 fields in the city, and this first game will be probably the first and last for all the season. Usually we play at dust and sand fields, and thats where they actually prefer to play.

It was a friendly game, against Costa do Sol team, and the result was 1-2 for our boys. Values on the jerseys and hopefully, on the players behaviour!

After the match, a short trip to the beach, for team building, and to know the vision, and purpose for this new season, where the Bible will be a part of the training bringing the values that will make not only better players, but also better young man, in the different areas of life.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Balls and Smiles

These "special" kids smiled when they realized the balls were for them.

Although the restrictions to play due to each particular situation, receiving a ball and touch it, is enought to make a different day. In fact, that's why we are here!
Thanks to "Operation Kid-to-Kid" for the donation of 20 soccer balls.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Thank you

we can praise the Lord that the doctors are hopeful to begin chemotherapy for Gabriel this week. However, the timing of it all depends on a number of variables (ie: scheduled bone scan, bone biopsy, lung biopsy and determining and treating the source of persistant fevers that Gabe has been experiencing). Chemtherapy can't begin until 48 hours after the bone scan and biopsies are complete and the fevers are gone. Obviously there is much to pray for! As well, we can continue to pray for Mike and Sarah as they need rest and energy to keep up with their daily routines surrounding Gabriel. Pray too for Simon, as he adjusts to the routine of visits with mommy, daddy & Gabriel and time with his grandparents and family in between. School is ahead for him also, and we can be praying that the transition to new friends and classroom goes smoothly. Today, the elders of our church had the opportunity to visit and pray over Gabriel. As I thought about that tonight, it reminded me of something. A doctor in our church has a beautiful painting of a surgeon operating on a patient with nurses all around him, but what captivates the viewer most is that standing behind the surgeon and guiding his hands is Jesus. What a hope we have. God IS the "Great Physician!"

In His Grip,Cathy

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Please Pray...

Our life can change in just a few hours!

That's what happen to our missionary friends from Canada, the Thiessen's, serving in Mozambique with OMS for almost an year.

They left Mozambique yesterday to go back to Canada to seek medical treatment for Gabriel. Obviously this was not in their plans, and has been quite a shock to all of us. They discovered on Friday in South Africa that Gabriel has a tumor of nearly 8 cm in his liver. The blood tests and other scans show that it is most likely cancerous and appears to have spread to the lungs, though a biopsy has not yet been done.

The doctors in Canada have already received the information and just tonight they heard that the chief oncologist and his team are ready to see them upon arrival. That was a comforting word to them!

Let’s lift them up in prayer during this time, knowing our God is still in the business of miracles!