Refreshed by Friendship!

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Philemon 1:7

“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,
because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.”
Allow me to introduce you all to some of our friends from Brazil or I mean Chicago, well actually both. You see the Lopes Family were our downstairs neighbors for 4 years while we were in Seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and we couldn’t have had better.  Just recently they began their trip East to sight-see and they made our place the first stop.  How blessed and refreshed we were by their visit. We love these guys so much and they are precious to our family.  Cesar, Amanda and their daughters Louisa and Giovanna were great friends with our boys and they share many memories together. Cesar is completing his Doctorates this Fall and then the family will be moving back to South America in December.  His focus has largely been on Missions and appropriately so. Over the years, we have learned so much from our friends and we expect to keep learning from them.  We praise God for this family and we’re thankful to have been encouraged by them as we work and pray toward going to Latin America ourselves
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Pittsburgh had an effect on our friends as well! (: