Thursday, April 1, 2010

Welcome To Brazil!

When the Lord called us to Brazil, He led us specifically to work under and learn from the Duarte family. They are now planting the Remnant Baptist Church in a neighborhood of Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil. We are so thankful for the time and effort they devoted to us before we came and since we have been here. They have taken us in like family and showed us how to do things, where and how to buy our food, etc... They have helped us probably more than we'll ever know!

It is their church that we plan to help until we get more established. The people of the church had a surprise welcoming service for us on the first Saturday night we were there. Many people gave us gifts and gave testimonies welcoming us to Brazil. We are so thankful for the people the Lord has put in this church. We pray that we will be as much of a blessing to them as they are to us!

We were asked to come to the front of the church after the service was over. Since everyone spoke in Portuguese we didn't have any idea of what was going on. Lawanda Duarte was translating for us what Pastor Antonio and others were saying by way of testimony.
One of the men of the church, Adilson, giving a testimony.
His wife, Lucimar and daughter Camilly, gave us a gift.
A beautiful handmade rug for our floor.
Athays made a pretty flower with which we can decorate our house.
Some of the other ladies of the church gave us small kitchen items. In the picture below I am holding a cake plate. Someone gave us a pretty bowl to match our kitchen, a soap holder for our sink, a silverware holder and a few other necessities! We are so thankful for the giving spirit of the people of the church.
And last, but not least of the teenage boys in the church made this yummy cake for us all to enjoy! It displays the brazilian flag, made from dyed coconut. I think this picture is funny looks like Judah is thinking "Hey, let me see what that tastes like!" Poor little guy didn't even get a bite.
We had a great evening of fellowship after the service, and we are so thankful for the way the Lord led us here!


  1. Grandma loves to read the blog! It even helps me to see how the Lord has blessed you and the many things we take for granted here. Thanks for be specific and letting us know the things you have faced and are facing. I am glad for the peace of God and knowing that you know you are where God wants you. We look forward to all the Lord is going to do through you.

  2. I just found your blog again! I looked at it a LONG time ago while we were still on deputation. I guess I forgot to bookmark it!

    I appreciate the honesty that you have in what you are experiencing. It definitely gives others specific ways to pray for you and your family.

    For me, the "new to everything here" took a while to subside. After nine months(this week already?) of living in Brasil I have learned a few things. Not so much that I feel acclimated enough to say, "Oh yeah, I know how to do that!", but I am definitely more comfortable in the kitchen than I was in the first few months.

    Hopefully your area will start to cool down a little bit over the next few months. We arrived in Rio in July, and there were days in the following months where we were wearing long sleeve shirts and even a light jacket on some days! Hard to imagine!

    I'm looking forward to keeping up with your blog and invite you to see what we're doing in Rio at


  3. It's so nice to read to about your life in Brazil! Seems like you all are adjusting pretty well. God Bless!
    Deanna Clopper