Our little "chapel" is the garage of an apartment behind the main church "house." The awning allows more people to attend and protects from rain and sun. The amplifier for the microphone is on the chair in back. The ramp leading down from the house is quite steep; I walk down it very carefully, afraid of slipping on the ice. Ha! There's no ice here. No one slips. I'll probably be the first!
Every Sunday 55-65 people attend Sacrament meeting. This "Groupo" started last November, with 3 strong LDS families and 4 young elders. We make 6 missionaries in our city of Bocaiúva. There have been 19 baptisms since then, a few families, but mostly kids and teens. Papers have been submitted to officially name it as a "branch." Until then, we are supported by the Guaraitúba Ward (nearest city).
Through the principal of the Special Education School, the Elders arranged for Dennis and me to work with a low-functioning autistic boy, Valdenir, who has never attended school. They do not know what to do with him and seem grateful for our help. We serve 2 hours every Wednesday. Dennis is my translator; we make a good team. We'll see if some of my suggestions have been implemented. Hope...
If you can maximize the printing on the side of the building in this and the previous picture, you can see its name. Last week, Valdenir was absent; this week, there was no school (winter break). We walked 2+ miles to get there, and the gate was padlocked. It was a holiday! We need to get a calendar so we know ahead of time! Next week...hopefully.