Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This is for you, Mom.

      I usually call my mother on Sundays, but recently we have been out of touch.  I finally spoke to her this week, but I couldn’t find much to talk about. A lot has happened since our last conversation and she was probably expecting to hear details. All that she got from me was an impassive and jumbled summary.
     You see, I don’t feel like I can properly share the emotions or energy of a week of my life. I don’t think anyone really can over the phone (or internet).  You have to live life with people. I think that’s the hardest part about living far away –I miss out on the lives of people I love.  On the flip side, now that I know and love people here I would miss living life with them!

     Emily said that is why she likes Facebook. Specifically, that’s why she likes status updates.

     “But not the stupid updates,” she said, “the ones that tell me about people’s lives.”

      I agree with her and it makes me want to try harder to share life with those I love. Here or there.

      Pray with me that I can be more active in sharing the moments that bring me joy with those in the US. Pray that I share more and more of myself despite a cultural barrier.

       So speaking of impassive and jumbled summaries, I need to give one. Ironic? We have begun to receive the other Americans. Seth and Kari are our most recent additions, but before them came Roland.  He came all the way from Brandywine Community Church in Greenfield to join us for a couple of months. Last Sunday he preached at our church in Lagoa de Itaenga. He gave his testimony and two people decided to follow Christ! We have struggled a lot to reach people in this community so Sunday was a great encouragement and we are thankful for two new believers.

School’s out soon. The World Cup is on. Jeff and I also have a very exciting trip that we want to share about. So stay tuned.

No, it’s not back to the States. Nor to an obstetrician, Mom. 
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Monday, June 07, 2010

The calm before the short-term trips

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There was a big rash of sickness this last month, Lindsay and I were down with some kind of virus for 7 days. It started on a Saturday and we tried to go into school on Wednesday but I think that just set us back a few days. We didn't start feeling better until the next Saturday. Thinks seem to be back on track now. We have gone through a full week without being sick but this week is the last week to do tests and such because we need to turn in grades by next Monday. So it feels like just as we got better school is over.

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The last week of school we are going to have a group from Lifepoint Community Church do an English/ Music camp for the kids at the International School. So, we are looking forward to that. June and July is the big time for Short-term groups so we are preparing for the influx of Americans coming in. First we have a guy from Brandywine Community Church coming in on the 9th, then we have Pat and Harold's son (teachers from a few semesters ago) come to teach a counseling seminar, then we have Seth and Kari Bartal. They are still working on getting their work visa, but they are coming for 6 months to start learning the language and teaching at the school. They are praying that their work visa will come in during this time. So, that is just the people coming in before the actual short term trips. The trips will be early July with a Medical team and then a VBS team. Kenny's faithful crew will be here in July also to make some amazing furniture and such for the ministry. We are so very thankful for Kenny and this year he said that he would be willing to make something for our apartment.

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We took Emily, Paul, and Ruth for a tourist day on the town this last weekend. We visited the old prison turned into a shopping center and we also went to the Ricardo Brennand Castle Museum that has a huge collection of medieval weapons and armor. It also has art from all over Brazil and Frans Post art works. It was a very good time. Lindsay and I have been putting together a list of must take people to, places. This museum is definitely on the list.


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