WE ARE HEALTHLY, WEALTHY, AND WISE. Well, at least the first one and compared to a lot of the people we are serving here in Brazil, the second one too. And, many in this group are wise too. We’ve heard rumors that y’alls think we all are sick due to the tone of these missives. That is not true, there have been a very limited number of team members that have had some sort of minor problem limited to insect stings, sunburn, or even a case of upset stomach. Things like that could happen to a group going to Fort Worth to see the rodeo. Nuff’ said.
Today was the last day for regular VBS. If tomorrow is Saturday (the days have kinda gotten jumbled) then we will have a mini Olympics for the kids. There have been close to 100 kids and parents that have prayed the sinner’s prayer. However, keep in mind that not all really meant it, only God knows a person’s heart.
The glasses ministry has also had phenomenal numbers. Somewhere in the range of 300 have made professions of faith. Once again, not all meant it. Some just went along because they thought they had to to get the glasses. Others just wanted to be nice to these crazy Americans.
But, what if just one of these VBS kids or glasses adults becomes the next Charles Hadden Spurgeon, Billy Sunday, or Henry Blackaby? Or they become the praying grandmother that leaves a lasting legacy that permeates beyond her great-great-grandkids? Or one of these precious people is saved from suicide, drugs, or alcohol? This next statement goes against the Southern Baptist way, but numbers are not all that important. People are. So don’t be overly fixated upon our impressive numbers. Your support for these trips, from money to tooth paste and of course most importantly prayers are very valuable and very appreciated.
Guess what – yep, it rained again today but progress on the church building was not impacted. The building is so far along that you have to look much more closely to see the incremental changes.
About 20 ladies watched a demonstration of how to cook from scratch Sloppy Joes and Toll House Chocolate Chip cookies. Finding like products here has been interesting. For example, we just assume that celery will always be available at any supermarket. Not so here as that is not a go to item for a Brazilian cook. Nor do they have dry mustard. And, after we got to the school we discovered that the kitchen has no stove. How do high school students survive without pizza? While watching the cooking the ladies were very involved and all said they would try the recipes at home. The verse that says man does not live by bread alone was slightly mis-translated to man does not live by cookies alone but by every word of Christ. So, even though cooking is not normally associated with evangelism, we tried.
Sorry, again no interview. The youngens (with way too much energy) are leaving right after supper in the first van and are going to a close by arena to play soccer with the local youths. Those of us that drag ourselves to the second van (after the dishes are done) get back too late. And, there was so little change from yesterday, there are no new pictures either.