Oi from Brazil. We are alive and well.
We survived our 36 hour trip south of the border. It was very long, especially the 9+ hour flight to São Paulo Brazil. We all actually made it through customs with no hitches. It was nothing like on the Jason Bourne movies. Bummer! Our first feet on the ground were in Compo Grande, Brazil where we got off the plane, deboarded onto the tarmac, and then into a very small airport. Smaller than Helena believe it or not! A big van then picked us up with a NASCAR driver and took us to Dourados, our destination. And I thought East Coast drivers were bad. Wow!
We were taken to a house where an awesome American meal awaited us, hosted by awesome Brazilians. Did I say it was awesome? We were blown away.
Next day was meeting people who worked at the church, going over our itinerary, and meeting two English speaking assistants who would be working with us. Then the highlight: Brazilian BBQ , known as Churrasco. Oh my goodness. Nothing like it. Can you say “meat heaven”? Beats American BBQ hands down.
After mandatory nap time, we met about 30 teens at a private English school for a great get to know each other, play games, eat food and gathering. I’ll just say that Brazilian girls find American boys …..interesting:)
Day 3: Went to a street market and handed out tracts and ate food of course, what else; amazing fruits, some never heard of; watermelons the size of watermelons; like ginormous; and food of all kinds. Of course then we HAD to get ice cream. The owners got pictures of all of us with them, as they never had so many Americans in there. So cool.
Slight 1 hour break and then FUTSOL. Many of us played 5 on 5 soccer for hours. So amazing. It was with other church members. Well, some Americans scored, and I don’t think the Brazilians were quite happy. Fun time. Next, we were split up and went home with host families. Reunited for an awesome church service titled the “American Connection,” with the youth/young adults of about 200 or more. You are right, we were featured. Matt Weaver and Brooke were in the rocking band, four of us gave our testimonies, and Gezer spoke. All was translated into Portuguese as we spoke. So cool. It’s like we are on a mission trip in a foreign country or something. About 100 went to a Brazilian pizza party afterwards to further interact with us. These people are so nice. Bananas and potato sticks on pizza. YES !
A special thank you to Gustavo, Gezer’s best friend(pastor) and his wife, Marianna, who accompanied us on this all. And thank you all so so much for your prayers and support. It is working and still needed. Please keep praying as we are reaching out to many unbelievers.