Vicki and Leila caught the five-o’clock bus yesterday to Sao Paulo. They spent the night with Paula and Jorge, along with Rose from Taubate and Socorro from SJCampos, and went this morning to a ladies’ day in the capital. Counting Paula, our region was represented by the five of them.
The Itaquera congregation, on the east side of Sao Paulo, hosts this annual event for women. This year’s theme highlighted one’s associations, friendships and relationships.
About 120 participated from area congregations.
One of two speakers was Marlene, a sister in Christ from Belo Horizonte. She claims I got her started with public speaking. She’s been a speaker at ladies’ events nine times so far this year, with two more commitments already set, and two more invitations came to her today. I’m not sure how I served as an encouragement to her during the time we worked at the congregation where she worshiped, but I’m glad to have been a small cog in her life. She’s told me she’s writing a book as well.
Besides Marlene, a sister from the hosting congregation also spoke.
The event started, after registration and breakfast, at 9:30 a.m., and finished around 5 p.m.
Vicki didn’t teach at this one, but she had people who requested a written form of her material that she’d given at other ladies’ retreats and sought her out for advice on child-rearing.
Vicki also heard that Belo Horizonte missionaries Mike and Melody Ford, whose lives have intertwined with ours at different points, will be returning permanently to the US. They were instrumental in establishing the El Dorado congregation in the city of Contagem.
After a lonely night and a too-quiet day, I picked up my ladies at the bus station tonight around 8 p.m. It’s good to have them back.