S: Brazil 2011
BC: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 | Compiled by: Karen Evans Meyers
FC: Brazil - March 2011 Amazon Vision Ministries
1: Here We Come! March 8-19, 2011 After getting all of my required immunizations, a VISA, collecting various bug sprays, and packing, it was finally time for my first mission trip. Tuesday, March 8, 2011, I first met Kelsey, Jay's niece's daughter, at the Pittsburgh Airport for our flight to Miami. It was her first flight ever. Our trip began with the 6:30 PM flight. We had a layover in Atlanta, where I first met Derek's Aunt Charlotte. In a short while, Derek George's plane from Cincinnati,Ohio, landed. Arriving last, from Nashville, Tennessee, was Dr. Pepper Ashford, and Mike Cunningham. The five of us landed in Miam just before midnight. Dr. Jay and Lorry, and Dr. Boyd and Jan, drove together from Gainesville to Miami. They slept overnight at a hotel, but the group from Atlanta hung out at the airport hotel lobby from midnight until about 4:00AM. Aunt Charlotte thought it best to spend a few hours in the airport hotel. At 4:00 AM we all met at the TAM counter. Going through Customs was uneventful. The ten of us then flew 5 hours to Manaus. On Wednesday, March 9, Donna George, Morgan Coffey, David and Megan Pendley flew from Cincinnati to Miami via Atlanta. They arrived in Miami about 1:30 AM on the 10th and hung out near the TAM counter. Cheryl Yow from Mississippi met them at the gate fore their 6:30 AM flight to Manaus. The other member of the team, Jim Durham from Florida, had flown into Manaus a few days earlier and met the team at the Brazilian airport on the 10th. Out team was completed with our translators: Alex, Daniel, Iana, Sarah, Karen(She pronounced it differently!), Pastor Eli, Pastor Oseas and his wife, and our Brazilian dentist, Dr. Priscilla.
2: TEAM Karen Evans Meyers, PA Kelsey Broadwright, PA Dr. Jay Fricker, FL Lorry Fricker, FL Dr. Boyd Robinson, FL Jan Robinson, FL Jim Durham, FL Derek George, KY Donna George, KY David Pendley, KY Megan Pendley, KY Morgan Coffey, KY Charlotte Rea, GA Cheryl Yow, MS Dr. Pepper Ashford, TN Mike Cunningham, TN Dr. Priscilla, Brazil | TRANSLATORS Karen Alex Daniel Iana Sarah Pastor Eli Pastor Oseas and his wife
4: We set sail from Manaus, Brazil, to pick up Pator Oseas and his wife in Anama. Our first village was Iawara. South: 3 degrees, 24.5 West: 60 degrees, 27.5 "Humid "doesn't quite describe it! | Manaus, which means, "Mother of the Gods", was so named in tribute to the indigenous nation of Manaos. Manaus is the largest city in the Amazon Rain Forest and 12th. largest city in Brazil.
5: First Group | It was a long day! We finally arrived in Miami just before midnight. We had to wait for Customs to open at around 4:00 A.M. and then wait again for the 6:00 flight. The flight to Manaus, Brazil, was 5 hours. I slept most of the way!
6: Buffalo's Restaurant | Maniok-there's always Maniok! | Beans and Rice | Cold Mashed Potatoes | "Rodizio" means all the meat you can eat! Beef, chicken, veal, sausages, and more.
7: Chicken hearts, anyone? | Kelsey turned 18!
8: The second group patiently (LOL) waits for their flight.
9: Quick! Load the boat before the storm comes!
10: Bananas, anyone? Help yourself! | The river was always brown! | aa | O rivder sempre foi marrom.
11: Aunt Charlotte, a true Southern Belle, was only 87.
12: Getting gas for the trip.
13: Jon Boat | Packing vitamins, medicine, and crayons. Organizing supplies, and planning with our team.
15: Near Manaus, the Negro and the Solimones Rivers meet, but do not join, to form the mighty Amazon. | Soil erosion
16: Construction began in 2008 for the $400 million Manaus-Iranduba Bridge over the Rio Negro branch of the Amazon. It is over 3.5 KM long!
17: Typical sights as our boat traveled about 19 hours to our first stop.
18: Our closet, medicine cabinet, and pantry. That was it! | So proud of those shiny pots and pans!
19: All the river water you want...just don't drink it! Guess who bunked on the top? Because I wouldn't let Lorry turn down the AC, she asked for an extra blanket. She was given a clean tablecloth! When you took a shower, the toilet and shelf also got wet. We were told to put all toilet paper into the trash can; not into the toilet. I tried to remember!
20: Soon after we docked, a father brought the first patient. A machete had cut his son's leg and the wound was infected.
21: It was the end of Carnival, so there wasn't any school. These were the kids that came to our morning and afternoon sessions. They loved playing in the river!
22: Setting up the clinic in a church that was built about 3 years ago. | The dental clinic is ready!
23: Word spread fast. Many came to the clinic.
24: Wonder what's for dinner? | Papaya for bait! | Leaf-cutter ants carve out crescent-shaped pieces of leaves, which they then carry back to their nests. Leaf pieces are carried over their heads, like a parasol.
28: Our cooks worked hard. Coffee (café) was ready every morning. There was always rice,coffee, beans, fruit, vegetables, chicken, fish, or beef, and lots of manioc! | Sisters, seven years apart! Just like Lorry and I. | For breakfast, we would have a type of oatmeal or tapioca. Fresh fruit was always delicious. The cooks baked us rolls. | We brought peanut butter. If you were hungry, you could make a PB/J sandwich. We used their rolls and jelly.
29: As we sailed, we saw villagers in the process of making maniok. When we set anchor, we learned more about processing it.
30: JUTE Cut it, soak it in the river, hang it over a line to dry, then bale it.
31: Parrots-so tame!
32: His left eye has a piranha bite scar. | To scoop out unwanted water, each boat carried half of a dried gourd. | Triage was always busy!
33: Papaya growing in every stage. Inside, it's a reddish-orange fruit with black berries. The stalks looked like bamboo. Many river people farmed papaya orchards.
35: River boats came to get fruit from the farmers.
36: Cashew nuts! See the stem? | The cashew seed is surrounded by an allergenic toxic skin irritant. Careful! The "cashew apple" is sweet and is made into juices, as the skin is too delicate to ship.
37: Passion Fruit groves. At the end of the trip, I had passion fruit ice cream. Mmm. | River taxi. Hammock, anyone?
38: Coconut tree
39: Wonder how much farmers get paid for one hand of bananas?
40: Water Hyacinth | Ginger | Passion fruit blossom
41: All the kids loved to color! They all held their crayons correctly. It would take them 15-20 minutes to carefully color a page. | Fun with the parachute! | The Evangicube Soccer ball. Most kids loved to play soccer.
42: Danese She stole our hearts! | My first assignment was to wok with kids. Mike, Kelsey, Karen, and I had fun! | Loved the kids! | Qual é seu nome? | Meu nome é Karen!
43: Eu amava aquelas crianas!
44: Everyone wore flips!
45: After the interpreter taught her Bible songs, eyes were on me to do the next song. So, we did Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. That was fun, so we tried the Hokey Pokey. When another new song was needed, I taught them Cupid Shuffle !
47: Star fruit | Star fruit
48: Brazilians waited for us to come off of the boat and into the Clinic. | This plank was over soggy ground. I would say, "Yucky!" when we crossed it. Eventually, the kids started to say it!
49: At 7:00 each night, we had a church service.
51: After 3 1/2 days, we left our first village, where I worked with children. They were respectful, cooperative, and so adorable. They always came cleanly dressed in stylish clothes. Off to the second village! É to quente!
52: Late Sunday evening, March 13, we left the village of Iawara after the evening service. We traveled down river past Anama to Rainha dos Apostolos (Queen of the Apostles) in the area of Jaratubinha. We tied up next to the floating store at around 11:30PM. We remember the time, as a barking dog woke everyone up! Monday morning we quickly got the second and last clinic ready. Jaratubinha in on the main river and is very spread out. We jumped from our boat onto the porch of the store, over the plank, and up the hill. Not easy for me!
53: We anchored adjacent to a store. My favorite drink was the Guarana bare.
56: Preparing for her birthday party! | Puppies!
57: The whole village was celebrating her birthday. Music was playing from a boom box. See those 2 huge chocolate cakes? | Everyone wears flips!
58: Pastor Eli gave us a list of families that would need clothes. After we sorted them, we assembled bags for families. | We all washed and dried our clothes! Some said if you left your laundry on the floor, the crew would wash and return it. I tried leaving my socks, but no one washed them but me!
59: He just returned victorious from a Championship Soccer Match! | Municipal President Kennedy School | Mom, at top, is 15.
60: Who's tired?
61: Waiting in the clinic. | Pastor Eli has a Bible Study with our interpretors. | My next assignment was to be a Pharmacist. Last, I went with Donna to visit homes.
62: A gift is delivered! Obrigado! | Has anyone seen David? | Tearing a cross from paper.
63: Pastor Oseas and his wife | "School Boat"
64: Gorgeous rainbow!
65: Getting glasses | What was Mike thinking? Wear orange on St Patrick's Day or...?
66: Passion fruit mousse and chocolate dessert? Oh yes!
67: An enormous tarantula crossed my path on the way to church. | Another one showed up in the clinic.
69: In the second village, my new assignment was to work in the pharmacy. On he last day Donna and I visited homes.
75: Taking a hand to cross the gangplank-always!
78: Bonito por do sol!
79: Cattle are ferried out to seasonal grazing lands, children are taken to school on school boats, and people and food are moved on the vast river highway.
81: (Library) | Opera House | Biblioteca | Connected! (Are they checking March Madness results?)
82: Lunch! | Coconut milk, anyone? | A few treasures
83: We ate at Buffalo's again! Now, the whole group could enjoy it. | Glacial had the best flavors! I loved the passion fruit.
84: Por favor, mais sorvete!
85: RAMBUTAN-Remove the skin to find a tasty fruit around a large almond shaped nut. | We also bought Brazil nuts from a street vendor. | OLA! | Easter Eggs overhead at the grocery store. | Compras em Manaus
86: School uniforms | Crazy driving! | The Port of Manaus is an important commercial center for ocean-going vessels traveling the Amazon. Arrow points to "America". | Dr. Priscilla's new car. Gas was about $7/gallon!
87: Airport Shopping! | Goodbye Brazil.........hello pizza at 11:00 PM!
88: Our Team touched more than 850 lives, not counting the children. We gave medical care, dental care, provided glasses, and worked with the children. Visiting homes to Evangelize, we spread the word about the clinic and gave bags of clothing to families. I gave 3 or 4 Evange-Cubes to children who knew the story of Jesus. I know we planted many "seeds", but I think I also became a seed that grew in God's love. What an experience!