November 25, 2008

Why are we here?

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:46 pm by davislar

Have you ever passed through a struggle so profound, so all encompassing, you simply want to give in to the temptation to throw up your hands and scream, “I GIVE?”  Have you ever looked around and asked yourself what is the point?  Is it worth it?  What has been accomplished?  Of course you have, and if you haven’t, you will.  We sure are!  Today Mark asked if I ever want to give up.  I answered yes!  To which he replied, “Then we just need to trust in God and continue doing what He calls us to do.”  So in faith and obedience, we look to our Lord and remember His words:

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  James 1:2-4

It is not a matter of if you face trials, but when, and the Lar is in the midst of some of our greatest trials. Pray for us to keep our eyes on our unchanging God.  (James 1:7)  Pray for Mark’s guidance, encouragement, and wisdom as we confront these changes.  Pray for our steadfastness in the face of attacks from unexpected places. 

So to remind ourselves of why we are here, let’s look at recent encouragements.

A special thanks to Mark Brown who came down recently with Taylor’s First Baptist.  http://www.taylorsfbc.org/templates/custaylorsfbc/details.asp?id=32297&PID=611586&Style=

He reopened our eyes to successes!  He fell in love with two little girls, Rosangela and Rosemare, and marvelled at their manners, their love for others and their servants hearts.  He praised the lar for molding such wonderful girls.  That is why we are here.

We have hired a new administrator, and many of the Lar friends know him.  Marcio Gomez will join us with his wife, Dione, and their two children December 1.  Together we will create an administrative team prepared to confront the challenges, mourn the failures, and celebrate the victories.  That is why we are here.

Lenita has 9’s and 10’s in all her course work.  We are so proud of her!!  And many of the other girls have showed marked improvement in their school work.  We thank the timeless effort of Eneide and Fran, our tutors.  That is why we are here.

Mark Eisenhower (referred to as Mark E. so as not to confuse him with the mighty Mark Anderson) has made a huge impact at the lar, and not simply because he is 6’5″!  He runs recreation with our boys,  and is busy all day long teaching computer skills and word processing.  Pray for him as he considers his future plans.  We have him until May 1, and his immediate contribution and flexibility causes us to thank our Lord.  (Yet while he and Matt don’t have the stomach to ride the waves on a jangada, we won’t hold that against him.) Mark E.’s impact will change lives eternally.  That is why we are here.

Pray for Jesse, another really tall volunteer coming down in January!!  Mark E. is getting ready for you, Jesse.  He’s already got your schedule in mind.:) Welcoming volunteers!  That is why we are here.

Nayara,  the other Nayara pictured with Nayara, has become a life coach.  She has joined the Davis Lar by volunteering with the teens, guiding them to structure a solid, God centered life.  Her focus is preparing the teens with life skills for success in the real world, while focusing on Christ as the center.  She also disciples one on one with Nilnara as Nil fast approaches the age of 20, the age we have set for her to be out on her own.  That is why we are here.

First Baptist Church of Fortaleza promoted “Casa do Julgamento”, through which over 700 people accepted Christ.  We are so thankful to them for inviting 5 of our girls, Liliane, Amanda, Tayane, Aurilene and Alice to serve in the wardrobe department.  Nayara played a part in the bar scene, Ana Flavia was in the Judgement, and my Rachel screamed for 4 hours a night in Hell.  What a privilege for all of them to be a part of such a  huge, earth moving production and to experience the power of Christ through serving others.  How proud we are that they served faithfully.  That is why we are here.  http://www.pibfortaleza.com.br/noticias/casa-do-julgamento/

We have a received a new child-a young girl- who was in a deperate situation.    Luana is precious-see her pic.  Pray for her transition into the lar.  That is why we are here.

The sponsorship seems to be growing, and while some donations have gone down,  we have had surprise funds come in that God is using to meet our needs.  You know who you are, and thank you so much! We provide everything from toilet paper to medical care for these precious children.  That is why we are here.

Our teen boys house has pulled a “Lord of the Flies” on us, and we are having to take measures.  Mark hauled a few of them into the police station to file theft reports, and while this does serve as a wake up call, for a few it is too late.  Through this Mark has asked himself if what we do really makes a difference.  It does.  However, there are some children that no matter how wonderful what you have to offer is, they choose the false freedom of sin and the street.  Pray for the Lar through this transition!  Pray for the seeds planted to sprout in the future, for that is why we are here.

Pray for the Lar and tia’s.  We had a minor influx of tia’s, but then we had three quit.  We need tia’s or we will be closing homes.   We are creating a flier to pass out to the churches, so pray for tia’s responses.  Pray for tia’s with the natural ability to balance love and discipline.  Pray for Penha as she continues to oversee and train our tia’s.  Pray for Mark as he is being a tia, or in his case, a masculine TIO.  (It IS very good for the boys, but we miss him.)  Pray for tia’s to sense their calling to ministry.  That is why we are here.

We have hired a lawyer to handle the closing of our transition home, as the realtor did not pay the seller what was due.  Pray as we have a court appearance December 5th.  Pray for the seller to receive what she is due, and for the transfer to be finalized.  The transition home has been a great success with Luciano and Sandra providing the guidance the boys need as they transition into society while maintaining their Godly values.  That is why we are here.

So knowing why we are here, remembering the successes, encourages us to continue in the face of the battles.  Those who know us, know I am much more likely to throw in the towel than my husband.  So I will remember, memorize and study God’s letter’s to me, and this week focus on considering it all joy. 

Keep praying for the battle is here and it is not against the flesh and blood.  Much love.  Paige

October 7, 2008

A Bundle of Info

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:18 pm by davislar

What a summer! I so want to keep the blog going, and then we get swamped and the blog gives.  So here is one of those super packed, bullet updates.

 

We had wonderful teams this summer from The Well in Austin,  1st Baptist-Brunswick, Southwest Community Church, Bountyland Baptist, and Freeland Mission Group.  We are awaiting teams from Lake Hills, Texas,  and Taylors First Baptist, SC.  

 

What do these teams accomplish?  We have had VBS, arts and crafts, scrap-booking, construction,  and then more construction, evangelism in local schools, Bible Study, First Aid Training, CPR Training, recreation, day camps, and much more.  And with each group that comes, the Lar is more blessed.  The teams leave and we are then bathed in prayer, and the word is spread about supporting a child.

 

We have some new house moms doing their training and 3 month trial period.  PRAY!!   We are in the process of revamping our leadership and administration and are excited to see how these house moms will work out.  Pray for even more house moms as we get ready to pass out fliers at local churches.  Pray God will bring those He calls.  And pray they will hear His call!

 

Marcos has passed his first interview to get into the army.  We are told it is a 95% go.  Keep praying!  He should be officially enlisting in January of 2009. 

 

Luciano and Sandra are doing an incredible job leading the halfway house.  They have come alongside these boys and are teaching them what it is like to live as a Christian family.  Being in a smaller unit than they were at the Lar, and moving out of our home, there have been challenges,  but also a closer brush with reality.  Pray for Marcos, Thiago, Dalmo, Josiel and Nilnara, as they continue their walk toward independence.  I’ve been trying to get a picture of them all together, but they are never all home!! 

 

Pray for Breno and Brendo.  We have FINALLY had them officially diagnosed as ADHD.  We do not medicate kids if we can help it,  but to help these two succeed in school, and life, it is necessary.  Pray as the meds are used and adjusted, and for our wisdom in discipline and limits.  Due to behavior problems we had to transfer Brendo to another school.  Pray he goes in a new kid, and that the school will adore him.

 

Pray for Josenildo.  Tough kid with a tough attitude.  But then he aced a math contest and has qualified for the county math “bee”.  He sees his value and the value of learning!!  He is studying for the contest and excited about being labeled smart.  Pray this sticks.  Even when the contests are over, independent of winning or losing, may he hold onto his love of learning.

 

Flavio and Roseangela will be leaving the Lar the end of this month.  Pray for their transition into a different life.  Pray for his job search.

 

 Pray as we interview administrators and revamp our organization.  With the help of Janice from Texas, Mark has some wonderful ideas we are beginning to initiate at the Lar.  

 

Mark Eisenhower is coming November 3rd to intern at the Lar.  A young man out of Arizona, he has experience working with disadvantaged youth in a variety of settings. Pray for his trip, and his success leading recreation, and whatever else we ask him to do, at the Lar.  

 

Pray for us.  We go on furlough in August of 2009 and need a mission home.  There are none available, so if you know of one, let us know! On our salary, rent would be difficult.  Pray God opens doors as we have never had a furlough in over 8 years of service, and both our children would benefit from a year of American high school before jumping into college. 

 

Pray for the Texas team coming in tonight!!  It is a small team, 7 ladies, and will be concentrating on hands on help at the lar  (this means cleaning snotty noses, monitoring time outs, and giving lots of hugs and love), day camps, and Tia ministry.  

 

Com carinho- to all of you!  Paige for the Andersons

 

 

July 1, 2008

Corn Festival

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:38 pm by davislar

Look at these corn festival pics!  We have our interns Andrea and Niki in the middle of the action.  Mark and Daiane were thrown in jail, then the party began.

Updates:

We are still waiting for the escrow to close on the transition home.  Pray! 

The dollar has fallen considerably and donations, also.  Please pray for our wise administration of funds and increased donations for the Lar.

The falling dollar has made it tight for mission teams.  Transportation is more expensive, certain events eliminated, and funds fro construction lower, but they are still game!  Pray for the success of upcoming mission teams from Southwest CC from California , Bountyland and Freeland from South Carolina. 

Pray for Josenildo, seen in the corn festival pics.  His behavior has shown marked improvement and he’s suddenly a joy to be around!!  Much of our challenge is normal teenaged angst with the added challenge of being raised in an orphanage.  Pray as he continues to grow in Christ.

Pray for Geivan.  We had a parent/teacher meeting at his special ed school and were thrilled to note his improved social and motor skills.  We make sure he has one on one time with adults instead of free time at teh lar and he has flourished at school and helping Nene do daily maintenance.  Thanks to NEne for his patience and obvious love for this child.

Pray for Mark as he confronts issues with leadership and house moms at the lar.  For those of you who manage companies, you understanbd the challenge!  We have the added issue of a small employee pool to pull from.  Pray for more house moms to apply for the position and for the wisdom of our board in dealing with employee/leadership issues.

Pray for our personal budget.  Due to last year’s surgeries my insurance premium went up.  School fees for the children have increased.  The truck is on its last legs.  Gas prices are incredible.  We are supporting 11 children in our home which not only increased the food bill, but the electricity and water bills.  AND the dollar has fallen.  Missionaries throughout the world are facing the same issue.  Pray for God’s provision and our wisdom administrating His provision.

June 10, 2008

Big Wheels Keep on Turning!

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:12 pm by davislar

What has been going on at the Davis Lar? 

Samara had her 15 year birthday-a HUGE deal in Brazil. We have four of our five teens with jobs. They still live with us!  We have another American missionary couple, the Withrow’s, working with the Davis Lar. They both contracted dengue fever.  We’ve been here 8 years and havent had the privilege.:) We have purchased a half way house with miraculous donations and plan on moving children in next week.  Marcos, who moved home, knew where to run when things got tough.  He is back at the lar regrouping.  Robinho, our cerebrral palsey child, has been admitted into a treatment program and received a new walker. The Well from Texas came and renovated/cleaned up the new half-way house, adding a new roof and painting.  A piece of land has been donated by Eusebio for another orphanage “at the same level” as the Davis Lar and construction has started.  A team is here from Georgia building the first structure.   Penha’s daughter came down with Hepatitis A while living with us.  Our truck is on its last legs and we need to pray for God’s provision.  Our support has been boosted by some timely doantions and we are incredibly awed. We have changed the house mom schedule to one week on and on week off with each house having a house mom tag team which gives them more down time.  Our teen boys’ house on site needs tons of prayer.  Pastor Marcos has been incredibly involved in the Lar and is a wonderful leader and pastor.  We have hired a full time psychologist.  Mark has won a grant from Petrobras for our foster family program and is actively searching for families through local churches.  Wade has built wooden boxes which will be placed around the city collecting receipts which the government collects giving .5% back to the orphanage.  Michelle is a painting fanatic.  Carliane and Ila’s mom died and Mark and Paige took them to the funeral.  Mark is preaching and teaching at First Baptist Church of Aracas.   Paige is working toward her behavioral science degree, getting close, and needs prayer to have time to finish.  Matt is going to swim a month in Florida then a month in Sao Paulo this summer.  He will be a junior.  Rachel is into theater, karate, ministry in the favelas and enjoying new friends. She will be a sophomore.  Mark works and works and works everywhere and all the time.  We have teams coming in all summer.   Mark presented the Davis Lar and Foster Program at the local Baptist’s Convention on social works and the church.  Paige had the kids sing and play bells………….

And may that bring you up to date!  I plan on blogging and keeping you up to date on the happenings at the Davis Lar Orphanage and its affiliates, but I needed a foundation for starting.  So here it is!  Please keep us in your prayers as we follow our Lord in taking care of the abused and bandoned children in Ceara.

Join us at the lar in prayer for Lindsey Sowles, a three time visitor and friend of the Lar. Her entire family has been with us with her mom leading many trips and her sister staying for months. Lindsey has cancer.  Aurilene, praying for her diligently, reminded me of the time Lindsey was on the bus with a ton of kids returning from Beach Park.  Aurilene was shivering, so Lindsey took off her towel and wrapped Aurilene.  Interesting what we see as a little kindness, my kids remember forever.  We are praying for a miraculous healing! 

October 21, 2007

Brazil 2007

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:55 pm by davislar

Click on this link to see the video that Jeremy and Haley shot during our trip.–Rene’