I was off to Patos just two days after arriving home from the church retreat, which by the way was in Patos. I participated in the SEARA class taught by Elias Campos, David McKinney's brother-in-law, on the role of women in the church, instruments in worship, and how to conduct one's self while directing the church meeting. He did a great job handling questions and comments on the subjects.
I slipped away to study the Bible with a group of young people on Saturday night so that Betinho, who studies with them could stay for the class. On Sunday, after three church services (one with the Bonfim congregation, one on a nearby farm, and the last with the Patos church), we traveled two hours to Cubati, stayed up talking with brother Afonso till 2:17 a.m. I pulled up a chair, propped up my legs, laid my head back, and at 2:19 a.m. they "woke me up" to leave for João Pessoa. We arrived at 5:30 a.m., from there I met up with Joseph who took me to help Raniere Menezes move and then I went to an intensive class on the book of Joshua Monday morning. A little tired from the trip, I stood up in class, trying to stay awake but ended up falling asleep on my feet. Not to worry, I woke up before I fell.
It was a very productive trip. After two months away, many things needed to be discussed.
· that God will raise up men and women to serve in His Kingdom;
· that God's people will live with a good conscience, doing what they know to be God's will.