Just a quick update

This week, we had powerful encounters on the streets of Recife. Gi, Aline and I prayed for dozens of people and they were touched in different ways by Papa’s love. One special time was with a 16 year old girl, homeless and very depressed. It’s been months since we last saw her, but she came to our street church. There she came for arts and to talk to us. She was so touched, tears were dripping down her face, and after we prayed for her and it was time to go she asked for us to come back more often. This young princess had been so abused by men in her life that she despise all men, she even kicked one guy that night as he tried to seduce her. She is so wounded and hurt, but she saw Jesus that night. As we were leaving she gave us all hugs and called me dad, all smiles. I didn’t understand at first, but Aline told us later, “she hates men, she has not seen a standard for godly men in her entire life, and now she sees it. She saw Jesus, she saw purity and she acknowledged that her way, calling you dad.” Wow! That’s a testimony worth sharing!!! She called us the next day to Aline asking for us, saying she misses us and that she wanted to play dominoes with us in the streets. Aline and Gi already got the dominoes. We will keep loving on her, showing her value and purity. Yay! Wow! How wonderful for us to be a part of life transforming encounters like this. You are called to do the same, reveal the Father everywhere you go and be an answer of the hope you possess for those who have no hope.

Yes!!!

Tomorrow I fly out for the 2013 Youth Power Invasion, I’m super excited with all the God has for us these days. We will be hosting crusades, training and revival meetings all over the city of Santarem in lower Amazon. Pray for our team, speakers and the event, pray also for the Shores team, the next love banquet and the ministry of Jesus in Recife.

Father’s Love Banquet

Yesterday we had one of the best moments in our ministry. We hosted the Father’s Love Banquet, and this one was exceptional!

The Father’s Love Banquet is a special dinner Shores of Grace does for girls in abuse and trapped in prostitution. We do it every month and it is a part of the process of rescuing ladies from sex trafficking in Recife. We usually first ministry to them on the streets and following up in relationship we take them to this special night. We rent a hotel room and a restaurant serve them with great food. It is a fancy place with the only goal to love on the girls. There’s no other agenda for the night. And last night it was really impacting, they arrived and were welcomed by our team who took them to a time of makeup and pictures. After that we had them seat at the table and they were served with delicious food. After they were done eating, I read to them the Father Love’s Letter, that was a good start. Then Mama Tracee Loosle shared a message that pierced through their darkness and brought them to a place of light, hope and love. They then received prayer from our team and mama Tracee and Martha, they all had their value reaffirmed and we could see their dreams being awakened. Ah! What a night!!! Tears everywhere!!! Tears of joy and hope. Nic and Rachael closed the night singing identity and destinies over them. This was the best one yet, we can’t wait for the next one in July!

Thank you very much for your support, in prayers and finances, you are a part of a Love’olution, restoring lives and transforming destinies. Pictures will be posted here soon.

Waves of Love Update and Prayer Request

Today we had a rough night, amazing one, still quite difficult. We started our church service on Praça do Diário where we meet every Tuesday. It started out with worship and God’s presence there was awesome. The homeless kids and adults were singing worship songs and God was touching their hearts. One guy started crying as he was feeling Papa’s love. Because he was crying another drunk and crazy man started to pick on him and next thing we know they’re on the ground fighting. After separating them we sent the other man away, because all the others were so upset and they were threatening to kill him for insulting the young man that was crying. We saw several others attacking this man and we were able to have him at distance. One little kid found an extension cord and whipped him several times. After convincing the others to calm down I walked him to a bus stop, the kid came back to whip him twice and almost hit me at both times. Finally I gave him money so he could leave the area by bus. Others are promising they will kill him next time he comes back. Pray for the opposite, and for life to invade them all.

After that we were able to bring peace and calm them down, and God was moving in their lives again. Rachael and the girls helped a 13 years-old girl, and as she found out she was pregnant she asked us for help, for this reason we brought her to the girls house. We don’t have paperwork to receive girls yet, thus we couldn’t say no to her. So tomorrow we will look for medical help and legal support with Child Services. Please pray for us.

Jonathan Costa
Shores of Grace Ministries

Stephen Hernandez: ‘Sem Queijo’

Stephen Hernandez is a friend who is serving with us in Recife. 🙂

Island of Misfit Thoughts

It’s been just over a week that I’ve been here. It feels good to be settled in. I’m getting used to doing most of the little things (throwing away toilet paper, fighting off Mosquitos and ordering things without cheese). My Portuguese is coming along with the help of my private tutors, Robson and Gláucia. I am extremely blessed to be able to be down here with these amazing people.

Last Sunday we went out on the streets to build relationships with the prostitutes and transvestites. The people we met were precious, my heart breaks thinking about them. The first two that we talked with were a 20 something transvestite named Felipe (Fernanda), and a 16 year old girl. The girl was there because she has a 4 mo old baby to support. We cannot wait to open up the rescue home so these girls will have a place to go…

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Stuffed Toy Bunny Helps Uncover Alleged International Child-porn Network

Published August 04, 2012 Associated Press

BOSTON – The men came from different walks of life on two continents: a children’s puppeteer in Florida, a hotel manager in Massachusetts, an emergency medical technician in Kansas, a day care worker in the Netherlands.
In all, 43 men have been arrested over the past two years in a horrific, far-flung child porn network that unraveled once a key clue was spotted.
In this case, the clue was a stuffed toy bunny.

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Sex Tourists: Brazil Fights ‘Out of Control’ Child Exploitation

1:00PM EDT 7/27/2012 JENNIFER LECLAIRE (Article from Charisma Magazine)

(Roberto Viana/AGECOM)
Countries that host the Olympic Games typically look forward to the tourists and money the events bring. But there’s also a dark side to that influx of visitors–the sexual exploitation of children by sports fans.

Brazil, which is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, is already making plans to ward off this potential disaster.

In northeastern Brazil, a growing number of tourists have become a sizable part of the economy. These visitors come to the region to take advantage of its world-renowned beaches, colonial architecture, and rich history. Tragically, some also come to take advantage of Brazil’s children.

“It’s very easy to buy a girl. It’s like buying a chocolate,” youth counselor Carlos da Bomba, who works for the Guardian Council in Recife, said.

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