15 January 2007

"tHeY cAmE 2 bRiNg uS jOy"


"They came to bring us Joy" , these were the words the young people from the "Club" of Povoa da Atalaia wrote about us... They made a board with different pictures from the Year with funny, subtittles, but when it came to our picture that's what they wrote... We felt really honoured ...

Mostly Miri, Edi and Juran have been going to the "Club", the village's Young people's Place, to hang out with them, build friendships and drink some beers :-) ... When we had our visitors during Christmas and New Year, everybody wanted to go to the Club... well, there's not much going on for young people besides that anyway :-)...
It's not a big surprise for us that we are the lattest attraction in this area :-), and everybody has their own rumour about who we are supposed to be...Who are these "different" young people who came to this "middle of nowhere place", who live in the mount without electricity in tents and caravans, and go to the mess on sunday morning?!!


So, this last friday we (mainly Miri) organized a party for our friends in the Club... the girls made really cool decoration out of recycled stuff, some practiced some songs to present, we would have a fire show with Poe-Poe and then we'd dance all night with Dominike mixing some music...
I arrived at the party right on time coz I went out for the day and came on the last train... Miri asked me to bring the Dvd of "The Vision" (Pete Graig's 24-7 text) in portuguese so we could presented in the beginning...

As I came in the Club I got really amazed... It was packed with people, not only from Povoa da Atalaia, but also from other villages around...people we never saw before, but who already heard about us... they were all waiting in expectancy for the "presentation"... we were all amazed and didn't know what to think... there were young people, old people, families and people who never put their feet on the "Club" before...


So we started to present ourselves...we said we are Christians and that the Dvd would show what we are about...
It was powerful, even though "the vision" is such a big text to grasp it all at the first time...
After that we presented few songs with guitars and drum and then we took everyone outside to see the fire show... they all liked it...
The night went on and on with dance and all sorts of music... there was a little girl who didn't want to stop dancing, and also a cute old man, maybe around his 60's, who started to observe how we were dancing and then joyned us... he was the show of the night... he didn't stop till 3am, and he was not drinking anything... he was just full of Joy and having fun and those "different" young people... he was even jumping to punk/ska music... simply amazing !!! No words to describe !!!


Where the Spirit of God is , there is FREEDOM ... and JOY !!!
So, here's the high-light of the night :-), Mr. Infante...
He also lives in the mount... he was fired from his job in a glass factory and he was given 2 months of life because of a lung infection... well, this was 20 years ago... who says he's not alive ?!!! More than all those who were at the party :-)





I still have to write about new year party ... but, next time :-) maybe wednesday... C U






3 comments:

lisa said...

beautiful baba! you guys go to mass not mess :-)
hey, we were not near internet on that day you wanted to skype and now i am in england with a broken microphone in my mac. What?? mac has a problem?? shocking! or choking as you would say. well, i will be back in the states soon and we'll have to find out when you're around internet. i love you and miss you. so cool that those people found JOY in your presence. yes and yes!

jesse said...

oh baba! i am so happy to hear about this stuff. so happy to hear of you guys being the people of God exactly where you are. i was wondering if it is at all hard not to become focused inward on the group when you are in such tight community...but you are one of the best examples of people i know like christ that just be who you are supposed to be all the time. ahhhh...i love you baba!
i will see you this summer i hope!

Anonymous said...

Bárbara!

Nem imaginas a alegria que sinto quando leio o teu blog. Sempre te imaginei a fazer isso...

Estou aqui orando...

Hoje estive a orar no Bairro Alto...

Continua a orar por Lx,

Renato