Oi from Brazil! I’ve been anticipating my new blog but since we’ve only been here 3 days I figured I should wait til I had more to say…However, God has blown my mind with how He has moved for us in such a short time. Like, an insanely short amount of time…right off the plane!
We reached Belo airport at 2:30am Tuesday and we were exhausted! We didn’t get to sleep Monday night because we needed to be at the airport at 3am. Needless to say, we weren’t in the mood to deal with lost luggage. Three were lost, all mine, of course. AHH! Half my clothes, ALL my shoes. Now I’m so thankful that happened cuz we have a new friend. While we were making our baggage claim we met a Brazilian woman, we call her Nanda. She teaches English and is very fluent. Immediately we hit it off, she’s so helpful but as we now know, all Brazilians are. She’s offered to help us anyway she can and has been true to her word. She’s also open to the gospel. Praise God! We have four other people that offered to help in any way they can. This is a tremendous blessing considering three of them speak English and we’re living in an unfamiliar country. Even if someone doesn’t speak English they’ll help us order or try to give us directions. I guess you get my point…the people are friendly!
This country is crazy beautiful! The city’s built on hills so at times it feels like we’re driving up (or down) a mini mountain. Our city is surrounded buy mountains, beautiful mountains, with the tall buildings at the center and homes around the edges. We’re able to walk to stores and restaurants from our hotel. We’re constantly walking uphill or downhill, it’s not easy but I’m enjoying the burn! Ha! The weather’s hot but not Rio Grande Valley hot so I’m not going to complain. I honestly love it here. We can’t wait to build Jesus’s church, to watch Him restore and change the lives of these people. It’s such a priviledge to do His will. It’s very easy to feel like a needle in a haystack but everyday God reminds us He’s gone before us and will be behind us. We’re learning Portuguese everyday and I long to be able to witness and share Jesus’ gospel on my own. Keep us in prayer we need an apartment soon. Living in a hotel is not the same as in America, it’s extremely inconvenient. I’m posting a lot of pictures with this blog, so I’ll stop here. Hope you enjoy and feel free to ask any questions in the comments!
This is Pope’s Hill. If you google it you’ll see it’s much more beautiful at night and you can see the whole city from here.
This is the same park as Pope’s Hill but lower down. Julia’s trying her best to make friends with this girl. They had fun playing tag and this motivated Julia to study Portuguese harder. These girls really wanted to talk to each other! The lady that barely comes out on the right is Nanda, the lady we met at the airport.
My hubby and Julia tried some coconut water. The kids couldn’t believe you could do that to a coconut!
The kids were sad and nervous at first but there’s so much to love about this place, it’s won them over. Plus, they too have seen God give us favor and are excited to do His will. 🙂
It’s so interesting but in the park several people had the tight ropes up! It’s a common activity here! We couldn’t help imagining outreaching in this park soon. Surreal!
This was my first view of the mountain. Breathtaking!…We’re staying at a hotel in the center so it’s hard to see the mountains cuz of the buildings but they are a lil visible. Just not like this!
This is at the top of Pope’s Hill standing closer to the edge. Google it and you’ll have a bigger appreciation of it at night. Big city, huh?
This is a market close to our hotel. There’s so many fruits I’ve never heard of.
Some brasileiros shopping in the center of Belo…
More shopping…clothes are nice but pricey here.
Here’s Jason cooling off by the fountain…
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