Our bags are packed…again as Gwendolyn and I (Grace) head out to Fortaleza tonight. She and I just got back from a retreat in northern Brazil, where I spoke at a couple of sessions.
Front Row Seats on the Bus
We will be in Fortaleza, in northeast Brazil for 10 days as a part of our theological education by extension. Principles of Teaching will be the class I am presenting.
Tom and Hudson are in northern Mozambique getting to know our Wesleyan work there. Our hope is to see Brazil make a connection with this other Portuguese speaking country. Tom had a bit of trouble getting out of Brazil since his yellow fever shot had expired some weeks ago. They were delayed and had difficulty connecting with the Jesus Film crew they were going to travel with. Once they got to Mozambique they had a choice between taking a three day bus trip or a two-hour flight to get with this group. They took the flight. We have not heard anything from them since they left Maputo, the capital, but we trust all is well.
I did say three continents. Anna, at Asbury University, is a spiritual life assistant for her hall. She loves investing in the girls on her hall and planning the weekly prayer meetings. Last week she invited a missionary family to visit her hall to share about God’s vision for reaching the world. That is the only vision worth having.
We appreciate your prayers as we travel, minister and share the Good News.
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Before Ash Wednesday, here in Brazil, comes the holiday, Carnival. It is celebrated without restraint and means that all forms of immorality are practiced. I read once that AIDS is spread more during this weekend than any other time. Wisely the evangelical churches hold their youth or family camps outside of the city. This year we were invited to speak at a family camp in Boa Vista, 750 kilometers north of Manuas.
The road is improving but there were times when that was still a work in progress.
We pass over the equator so it is always fun to stop and soak in the amazing fact.
Boa Vista is on a plateau where it is dry and windy, so unlike Manaus which is nestled in the Amazon rainforest. But the weather was lovely and the terrain reminded us of Texas.
Tom and I spoke to around 50 campers about how to be a godly family in a world of changing values. We met underneath the cashew trees each morning and explored the Word together.
Our tent was conveniently located.
Gwendolyn slept in one of the dorms and absolutely loved it.
The evening sermons were out under the skies where we worshipped God together.
Gwendolyn had a blast doing a treasure hunt in the middle of the night as well as singing a solo in the talent show. We enjoyed having her with us. Hudson opted to stay in Manaus and attend the camp there. He also loves camping. He was thrilled to find a coral snake, a vine snake and some other lovely creatures.
We do have some prayer requests. Tom’s father passed away on Sunday. Tom will be traveling to the U.S. to be there for the memorial service. I am leading a missions trip with 8 Brazilian ladies to a small village up the Rio Negro next Saturday, March 3, where we will be doing outreach and SS training.
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