S: Brazil 2010
BC: Nicolinha loves to do house work, she loves to help cook, wash dishes, take care of her babies and "iron" clothes | Leaving Brazil was so sad, but hopefully it will not be our last trip!
FC: Brazil 2010
1: June 10th, 2010 We flew out of Miami at 3:45pm. The flight to Panama was beautiful, the sun was out and the sky was clear the whole way. We also flew over an island with lush trees and mountains, gorgeous, I think it may have been Cuba.
2: Belo Horizante
3: Our First Impressions... | Gonzaga | Our Kingdom hall | Getting to know our new territory
5: Tikornelio is the nickname of Senhor Enrique, the man who's property we stayed on. He owns a paderia in town but his son Lucio and his wife Bete run it. We spent alot of time there with our friends, we even got a special behind the scenes tour and lessons! One day when eating Pao De Queijo and Coxinha the girl working there asked if we would like "kashoopee", "whats that?" we asked, "you know, kashoopee, like a special sauce that you eat with Coxinha." "sure, we'll try it!" So she brought out a plate with packets of Catchup! FUNNY!
6: Here are some photos of the lively-hood of the area. Lucio's paderia sold fresh cheese that his wifes uncle makes from buffalo milk, some people sell handicrafts like the beautiful crocheted bed covers in the top left photo....
7: ...most people cook on primitive wood stoves for all meals, so alot of preparation is needed for each meal and usually the fire is kept lit all day for the impromptu cup of coffee. Many are farmers raising cows, pigs, chickens or even buffalo, as well as crops. Top right is a mill for corn run by a stream below. The little boy "sweeping" at the bottom is actually sweeping up beans that have been beaten from the plants and then left to dry.
8: I was facinated with all the different plants we saw. I wanted to know what everything was called and if it was used for anything. If only I could remember it all! | Flora
9: I don't know what any of these plants are except the top left corner: Corante is used to color the food, when rubbed between the fingers the little red seeds turn to red powder.
10: Since we were mainly in the country we saw lots of farm and labor animals, some only a few days old!
11: Though most the animals we encountered were familiar, there were a few we had never seen in the states. Like this big lizard, and the huge caterpiller that was nearly the size of a lizard! | We also saw many bright and beautiful birds, like these little guys snaking on avacados! | Fauna
12: This is Nicole. When we first met her we told her my middle name is Nicole too, so I said she could be Nicolinha (little Nicole), and I could be Nicolao (big Nicole). | She thought it was VERY funny so the name stuck and I was known as Nicolao by the whole family. | Nossa Filha
14: Our First Day in the Ministry | As soon as we saw our territory for the first time we knew there was alot of work to do. We started out on our own and decided to take a visual of the city. So we started at one end and preached our way through to the other on foot...
15: We soon found there were many humble people who wanted to know the good news of the kingdom. They shared what little they had and listended intently as we showed them answers from the scriptures. | ...armed with lots of tracts, our bibles, and our rusty Portuguese we set out not knowing what lay ahead.
18: Life in Viriginopolis was a change of pace for us. It was very simple. People hand wash and line dry their clothes, walk everywhere, and cook over open fires. We learned to love it!
19: Day-to-day Life in Brazil
22: Comida e Frutas Brasileiras
24: Friends from Viriginopolis and Divinolandia come to help us work our territory in Gonzaga. | Instead of knocking at the doors, we clap at the gates. On the right is a picture of a typical house in Brazil.
25: Working with the Local Congregation | Does this invitation look familiar? | Two local sisters and a special pioneer sister worked with us in service, distributing invitations.
26: This little brother and sister wanted to show us their newborn calf. But, it was quite an adventure, that included the phrase, "if you see the bull, RUN". Eventually, we did get to see the 5 day old calf.
27: Visiting Sao Paulo
28: We had so many great experiences during our week in Sao Paulo. Alfredo & Neusa were so hospitable. We met all of Neusa's family and they took turns taking us to sightsee. First they showed us around the city, then we went to Bethel, another day we went to the beach, the whole time we felt like part of the family!
30: Our trip to Bethel was wonderful. The unity of the organization was very evident. We saw a map with congregations that need help and our congregation was on it. The auditorium had seats marked for the reader, opening and final prayers, etc. The grounds were beautifully landscaped. | Bethel | Our Congregation marked with the white pin, and our territory is next to it
31: We had lunch with the bethel family and got to know some long-time bethelites. We also saw an exhibit of the history of JW in Brazil, there was a life-size picture of Neusa's mother as a little girl preaching with her father!
34: Leo & Lia took us to Vinhedo, a small city NW of Sao Paulo known for its vineyards. We stayed with Leo's cousin & his wife. Julia, their daughter, was a riot. We had a nice relaxing weekend getting to know everyone.
35: In Vinhedo we went to a park that Leo used to play in as a child, it was very pretty! On our way back to Sao Paulo we went to a small town known for its art & crafts, they happened to have a street fair and were able get some gifts for back home.
36: We were so blown away by how everyone took us in. They really spoiled us!
37: We played a funny trick on Leo's parrents and they thought it was so funny they had us do it again when the next guests came in!
38: We had so many wonderful experiences in Brazil, too numerous to put in any album. Memories that we will always cherish and friends we will never forget! '
39: " A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles." -Dawn Adams