2012 in Pictures

Christmas Eve marked 6 years for us in Brazil! Wow, what a time it’s been. Just looking back on 2012:

  • The girls rode their tricycles down the hill at Grandma & Grandpa’s house 1,967 times (more or less).
  • I recorded and produced the church’s 2nd worship CD: Adoração com Propósito
  • We spent some time in the States going to the weddings of Debbie & Ben, Jed & Susan
  • Ministered alongside Reinhard Bonnke in the Congresso da Paz, bringing over a thousand people into the Kingdom
  • Had fun missions teams and great visits from Geneseo, New Life, and several friends
  • Continued in disciple-making and leading/supervising our ever-multiplying cell groups!
  • Had one of the best MDA conferences yet with participants who came as far as Japan and Italy
  • Became the Leader of Praise & Worship at the PAZ Church when the leading pastor (Pastor Welson) went to a new base to take over leadership
  • Became pregnant with our next baby! That’s right, #3 is coming along, due early July!
For more on our 2012, click to open our Christmas newsletter

For more on our 2012, click to open our Christmas newsletter

All this week are Christmas celebrations, next week is new years and right afterwards the Leadership Conference. Then we have a week or two to prepare for Japan — yes Japan! We are going there on a vision trip with the possibility of going to help the PAZ churches there over the next several years. Looks like our first 3 months of 2013 are set 🙂 Enjoy these picture highlights from 2012! Click on your favorites to see them full screen. We love you and appreciate your love and support so much!

Family Fun

As you can see on our blog, the girls are growing up fast and we’re just having a blast with them while they do. There are many more pictures on our blog of them, but here’s some of our favorites from this year.

Becca the duck in her pool gear

Becca the duck in her pool gear

Anna's sporting her pool robe!

Anna's sporting her pool robe!

We all have something to say about that!

We all have something to say about that!

Anna learning young

Anna learning young

Landscapes

A number of years ago, when I took over the PAZ website, I noticed the need for quality pictures to be able to show what God is doing here in the Amazon. I researched cameras to see what we would want and ended up settled on a Nikon DSLR. Since then I have been thrilled to see the results of the camera. As missionaries we go to all kinds of crazy, far-out locations. Often, my camera is with me. Here are some of my favorite landscape shots from this year.

A colorful shot in front of church

A colorful shot in front of church

Boats line Santarem's shoreline.

Boats line Santarem's shoreline

A morning scene from the Arapiuns River.

A morning scene from the Arapiuns River

Walking down the riverfront in Alter do Chão.

Walking down the riverfront in Alter do Chão

Going down dad & mom's driveway.

Going down dad & mom's driveway

Sunset on the Amazon

Sunset on the Amazon

Ministry

I am often traveling and ministering here in Brazil, so I can’t usually take pictures when that’s happening. Here are some shots that others have taken of some powerful ministry times this year!

Recording the 2nd worship cd in my little studio

Recording the 2nd worship cd in my little studio

Leading worship in Southern Brazil

Leading worship in Southern Brazil

Congresso da Paz 2012, where over a thousand people gave their lives to the Lord!

Congresso da Paz 2012, where over a thousand people gave their lives to the Lord!

Stateside/Weddingside

This year was a time of celebration as Ruth’s sister Debbie got married to a great man of God named Ben and one week later my brother Jed got married to a talented woman named Susan. We packed up the girls and several suitcases for a whirlwind tour of the States for the festive events! Here are some favorite snaps of that time.

The Hrubik family just has one more opening left (with Paul!)

The Hrubik family just has one more opening left (with Paul!)

My brother's wedding was an unforgettable wedding: on a boat near Washington DC!

My brother's wedding was an unforgettable wedding: on a boat near Washington DC!

West Virginia is so beautiful, even shots from a cell phone come out nice!

West Virginia is so beautiful, even shots from a cell phone come out nice!

Ruth's already to head out shopping while in the States.

Ruth's already to head out shopping while in the States.

Flower girls 2x this year

Flower girls 2x this year

We only get together once every year or two, but we still look and dress alike!  Best friends forever, they say!

We only get together once every year or two, but we still look and dress alike! Best friends forever, they say!

Ruth at John Deere Pavilion

Ruth at John Deere Pavilion

Out on the River

There are always teams and missionaries heading out on the river, but what made it special this year were two of our supporting churches that came down to minister with us: Geneseo Free Church and New Life Christian. We also had a number of family friends come down with us. It all added up to a great year of ministry with special people!

All aboard!

All aboard!

Scenes along the Amazon River

Along the Amazon River

One of many new church buildings we constructed this year

One of many new church buildings we constructed this year

Nothing like getting a new church ready

Nothing like getting a new church ready

We were a part of several exciting church plants in the interior

We were a part of several exciting church plants in the interior

The Best is Yet to Come!

That pretty much wraps up 2012, but we look forward to a great 2013. We are always praying God’s blessings on you and your family and wish you God’s best for 2013. Let’s make a difference for the One who loved us so much to give his very best — Jesus!

The girls love swimming.  You'd think they were part fish!

This is the way we celebrate the holidays in Brazil!

Happy Holidays and a wonderfully blessed 2013 to you!

Happy Holidays and a wonderfully blessed 2013 to you!