One Brave Driver and a Nameless Car

Please help me find a name!
Please help me find a name!

Hello! Something really exciting has happened in the Betts’ house. We have added a new member to the family…. Sadly she has not been named yet. Any suggestions ?

Getting our car took FOREVER!!! It seemed that the car did not want to join our family. We were finally blessed with a beautiful silver car that runs like no other. It was hard to get around at first because we were always waiting on other people. It is not always easy when you can not just get in the car and go. I think we all learned that cars are blessings and we are very grateful that we have one now.

Ever since we got our car we have been adventuring. Dad plugs in Virginia Garmin (his little GPS that happens to be smarter than Manaus) and we just find our way around the city. Dad is not scared of the giant city traffic and all the other crazy drivers. He shows off his mad driving skills all the time. Haha good times in Manaus!

Please continue to pray over us learning the language. We are all learning little by little but, in Jesus name we will be blessed with Portuguese.

Love you all sooooo much!

Kenna ❤

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Can you believe it

Can you believe it? We are actually here in Manaus, Brazil. We have been so busy these past few weeks. The house that we have is beautiful. We have been so blessed with everyone here wanting to help us. The Lord always provides for us.

Some amazing things have already happened since we have been here. The other day, a friend of mine was going to take me home from church when we came across a girl walking alone at night. For those of you that do not know walking here alone at day time is not smart. When it comes to night time no one should be walking at all because its not safe. We noticed she looked really tired (I am pretty sure she was a prostitute) We had cake and pop with us from a birthday party we had just been to. We pulled over and shared this with her and visited for a little while. This reminded me that the Lord puts you in the right place at the right time. There are always opportunities in front of us.

For now we are constantly busy getting settled in to our new home  and helping get the apartment behind us ready for missions teams. When we have church services the nights are long!!!  But, we do get in some free time and we have a fun playing games and getting to know our neighbors.  We have gotten to play baseball and soccer and play tag and all that fun stuff.

That’s all for now

te amo ~ love you

Kenna ❤

Relentless

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Relentless…

This word washed over me again and again while we were in MPC church camp last February in Manaus, Brazil.  Just one word; relentless

.  I really felt God was giving me this word for this time at camp.  I shared this word with Pastora Hillary, and she shared it at the next service.  The only problem was that relentless doesn’t really translate to Portuguese very well.  While she could give them an idea of the word definition…well I think it lost something in translation.  

Relentless; I clung to it throughout camp and sought God relentlessly. Our time with our MPC family was amazing. God has opened my heart for these people and this region. God was pursuing me relentlessly.

God filled me with a love for Manaus. The world of concrete violently kissing the rain-forest in a city of about 2 million has captured my soul, and we are preparing the way to move there soon.  Our family will be entering the mission field. We are filled with joy to be serving the Lord in this way, but all of these road-blocks keep popping up. The most recent of which has been Jason’s kidney stones.  He is in great pain and has been totally out of commission for almost week now.

My world has slowed way down as I wait in Dr.’s offices, wait in surgery waiting area, wait around the house for him to need something, wait…and while I wait I think, think, think.

Here I am 9 months later doing all this thinking, and the word relentless is again washing over me.  I know Father God is speaking this word to me again. He has given us a mission. We have received clear word  and vision to join the mission field of Brazil. I will not give up on this, I will not believe this is an unbearable load. I will not lose hope or sight on what He has shown me. I will stand firm.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

I will be relentless because He has plans for us.

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

My final thoughts on this: the word relentless works both ways. God is relentless in His pursuit of us, and we should be relentless in our pursuit of Him.

I needed to get all this in writing.

Until next time,

Amanda

We are Coming Back!

This is our family in the airport in Manaus, Brazil in February 2013. We are getting ready to board a plane to come back to the US. We had just enjoyed 12 days in Brazil and attended the annual Passion & Compassion Ministries (MPC) camp.
You can see Kenna’s eyes are filled with tears, and hopefully you can also see our hearts are filled with love for this region and we are hungry to come back to Brazil and join the MPC team!