This has to be the best way to describe our first few days in Brazil. From the moment we stepped out of the baggage claim area, we have been caught up in the whirlwind of activity that is Amazon Valley Academy. This tiny school located in northern Brazil is humming with activity, and it seems that anyone who gets very near AVA is swept up in the action.
Whether we’re talking with missionaries from the interior, learning to grocery shop, helping to set up classrooms, sharing meals with other teachers, or spending time with missionary families, our days have been full. We have received the sort of welcome that invites us to join in the mission of God here in Belem.
We are excited about our time here– we’ve already seen the hand of God in so many ways, and we’re looking forward to seeing his purposes for us while we are here.
Right now, we’re living in the home of a missionary who is in the states for surgery, but, by the end of next week (maybe) we should be moved into our apartment, which is very near to the school’s campus. It’s pretty hot here– but the houses are fairly well-ventilated and we take two cold showers per day. The fruits and veggies are huge and delicious. So far, I’ve enjoyed a peanut butter and guava jelly sandwich every day for lunch. YUM. Living in Brazil is taking some adjusting, but God has been faithful, and we know that he will continue to be so.
Please pray that we’ll remain faithful to the Lord as He remains faithful to us, and pray that we will be a blessing to those around us.
School starts on Monday!