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October, 2011
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In This Issue
Soccer for Kara and Caleb
Flooding from US to Brazil
Guest Writers
Prayer & Praise
Soccer Twins
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The Soccer Champs
 (Caleb 2nd from rt.)

Caleb and Kara were selected for a developmental soccer program in our town. They have already progressed with greater skill. They practice two nights a week and then have games on the weekend. Caleb missed his first tournament in Sept. when we were traveling, and his team was soundly beat. Last weekend, he had another tournament. The first opponent was another team from our town, one that had trounced his team. But his team was up for the test this time, playing their best game to date to win 1-0. The real test was the final game, a third rematch with the same team. The boys had an even better game winning 2-1. 

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Kara on the run.

 

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Blessings! Thanks for partnering with us to make a Kingdom impact in the mission field that follows crisis. We're grateful for your prayers for our family, especially for Denise and the kids with home schooling.

The Lewis Family,

Mark, Denise, Emily, Kara, Caleb

 
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Memorable Learning!

While Emily has started off well in her co-op chemistry class with an A on her first test, Kara and Caleb (and Denise :) ) are learning anatomy and physiology. The first unit was on cell structure, so for the quiz, Denise took colored chalk out on the driveway, drew the cell and then had the kids fill in the blanks. Memorable learning!!

Flooding from ND, NY, and PA to Brazil !

 Every season of this year seems to bring a new set of challenges. The latest is a series of floods. In the early summer, we worked with the local EFC in Minot, ND to help them respond to floods that affected 4,000 families.

Then Hurricanes Irene and Lee brought torrential rains to the northeast. We responded by calling and visiting with many churches in the region to help them with ideas to develop local responses to localized impacts.

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Mudding Out

At the same time, locally heavy rains in the city of Rio du Sol, Brazil, resulted in 11,000 homes being flooded, displacing 50,000 people. Pastor Johnny, a key international partner in our response efforts in Haiti, lives in the city and had his church inundated with 15 feet of water. A team from that local church was serving with us in Haiti when the flooding hit. He has a church planting vision to see 24 new churches planted in the region, and so I traveled there this past week to help him in developing a strategic ministry response to the flooding.

The church has had great opportunities for outreach. One day we were there they had 75 visitors in just a few hours to a 'free store', reminiscent of the early days following Katrina. All left with goods, prayer and the promise of a follow-up visit from the church. As basic needs are met in the next few days, we discussed the transition from relief to recovery, and phasing out the 'give-away'.

In the days following the flood, they cleaned out over thirty homes, and initiated relational connections with hundreds of neighbors. They had a church meeting during our visit and the members committed to visiting all those they helped, with a vision to see at least six new small groups started out of the harvest. Pastor Johnny reports on open hearts:

Debora and Arlei's home was totally under water and was one of the last in the city to see the water recede. On arrival, we soon discovered that it was the worst of all of the homes we'd seen and helped. Immediately the man said that he didn't believe in God nor the devil, he didn't believe in anything -- that his friend was money...but that neither his friends nor family had come to help... Then someone said: "But we're here and we came to help." We spent 2 VERY arduous days for there was lots of mud. Every last roof tile had to be removed...we weren't able to completely finish the job for there were other commitments but at the end of this second day the man thanked us saying that we did more than they could have in 30 days. Then he said: "Pastor...we want to go to church to thank God"...And we intend to return to finish the job...

This church of 60 people has had 30 visitors in the last two weeks.

For more information or to give, go to www.touchglobal.org/brazil.

Guest Writers
Kara and Caleb wanted to contribute 'stories' to this month's update.
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Kara and Daisy

Kara's Daisy Notes - Daisy is our dog. She is eleven but acts like a puppy. She loves to play ball and sleep. When you say treat she comes running. She has a "bu-fount do" (translate...bouffant hair style...anyone remember them?) right now. Daisy is so much fun and I love her.     Kara

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The game Caleb 'Invented'.

Caleb's Game - Hi. My name is Caleb and I created a game called 'Castle Delivery'. It is kind of like a war game set up. You have to deliver a message to the castle to win.   caleb

Prayer & Praise
 
Mt 9:38 - PRAY for workers for the harvest - Whenever I'm asked about prayer for the ministry, I usually answer Mt 9:38, where Jesus tells his disciples to ask the Lord for workers for the fields ripe for harvest. I sense this 'ripeness' after visiting with people in post crisis settings, like this week in Brazil. Pray for God to raise up long term workers and short terms teams especially in New Orleans, Haiti, and Japan. He does answer that prayer!!!

 

Please PRAY for Denise and the kids and home schooling. It is joy to report that your prayers here too are being answered, as things have been going pretty well this year so far...and this is usually my #1 request for our family!

Luke 12:48b
Mark Lewis, Director
EFCA TouchGlobal
Office: 985-893-0218
Cell: 717-439-3138
Fax: 985-893-0175