Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Upcoming in November...

 Between the  daily life of living in Brazil,  studying, teaching, keeping up with 8 kids, and homeschooling we have been VERY busy to say the least. The church body of Calvary Moçamba has also been busy and we have been blessed to have our doors open everyday. On top of our normal Sunday and Wednesday church services we have had Monday school of discipleship, Tuesday Jujitsu  and ladies bible study, Thursday Jujitsu, ladies art class, and a Foundations of the Faith class, and Friday school of discipleship. The Lord has been raising up leaders in the church to help carry this new work load and we are so excited to see both our personal family and our family in Christ grow and mature daily.  

Reggae for Life 

We are very excited about the upcoming event we will have the opportunity to host here in our town in Florianopolis, Brazil. On November 7, we will be putting on our first annual (Lord willing) “Reggae for Life” event. We will have musical guest Dominic Balli here from California as well as a couple of local christian bands where we expect to have anywhere from 500 to 2500 people attend this event. 
 We ask for your prayers as we make all of the final plans and preparations. We also ask you to be praying that God would bring every person that needs to be at the event and for good weather on that day. The focus of the event is evangelistic as we want to share the love of Jesus and we hope to see many make a decision for Christ. Please pray for the hearts of the people to be prepared to receive the good news, but also that our hearts would be prepared to share God’s heart for the people that are there.
 The last thing we would ask for the event is that you pray for finances in all of the last minute things. We have a few final needs that need to be taken care of, and we would also like to buy bibles to be able to give away to anyone that gets saved that night. If you are interested in helping buy bibles please email me for more information at nateandani@hotmail.com .

Travel Plans

 Our other big prayer request this month is for our family as we travel to the states November 15th. We are very excited for the opportunity to go back with our whole family after 3 and a half years of not visiting. God opened the door for us to be able to buy the tickets and get passports for all the kids and for that we are so grateful! There are however always many financial needs in traveling as we will still be paying our bills in Brazil, but also have new bills in the US for our 6 weeks there. We ask your prayers for financial provision, as well as health and traveling mercies as we travel with 8 kids for almost 30 hours to get to Florida. 
 We know that the Lord has given us this time for our family to be able to visit the US, but it is still difficult to leave the church here for that long. Please be praying for the church body in our absence, especially for Fabio as he oversees the church, and all those that will be teaching during that time. 
 Thank you all for your prayers and your support, we are very excited to see all the wonderful things God is going to do over these next few months, and it is amazing to be able to be apart of His plan here on the earth! We love you and appreciate your heart for the work here, and our family.
Nathan, Dani and kids

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Ministry and Family Update.

 Here is a long overdue update of just a few of the things that have been going on in our family and the ministry here in Brazil. We are overjoyed with all the the Lord is doing and we look forward to what He has in store for the future. As always we covet your prayers and thank you for your support.
God bless! Love, The Cate Crew

Monday, January 21, 2013

Steps of Faith, 3 Years Later.

                         'For we walk by faith, not by sight. ' ( 2 Corinthians 5:7 )

Three years ago today I woke up a mom of three children and by the time I went to bed I was a mom of six kids all five years old and under. Today as we celebrated our "Happy Homecoming Day" with our every growing family I could not help thinking about the "what ifs".

  What if we had not been in the U.S. when we got the call about the kids? If that call had been two days later we would have been in Brazil.

 What if we had not trusted what we heard from the Lord when He told us to adopt our kids?

 What if we had not trusted that He would provide the funds needed for the adoption?

 What if we had been too scared that adopting three little ones at once would be too much for us?

 What if we had worried more about what people were saying and less about what we knew the Lord was telling us to do?

 I do not know the answers to most of these questions but I am sure of a few things. If we had not trusted the Lord and taken the GIANT leap of faith that it took to adopt our kids we would have missed out on a huge opportunity not only to bless others and change their lives, but we would have missed out on so many blessing ourselves. I can not even begin to imagine our lives without Josiah, Lilliana, or Jeremiah - they themselves are HUGE blessings to us!

 In our crazy life I often feel like Abraham as we hold to the promises that the Lord has given us even when we have no physical way of seeing how those promises can possibly be fulfilled. I have had times that I have felt like Moses wandering around the desert trying to trust that he actually did hear from the Lord. I have also had days where I have felt like Peter moments after he stepped out of the boat when he started to sink and all he could do was cry out "Lord save me!". Yes, like all of these guys I know that taking a step of faith is HARD but I also know that it is worth it.

 If you are reading this and you know that the Lord is calling you to do something I want to encourage you to obey His voice and take that step of faith and do whatever it is that He is calling you to do. 

 Will it be easy?- No.
 Will you have doubts? -Yes.
 Will the Lord be faithful to you? Will He take care of you? Will He keep His promises? - 

"Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments"  (Deuteronomy 7:9) 

Baby #8 is on her way!!