Saturday April 04, 2015

Our doctors have arrived! Kinsey and Katie had a safe trip, but ran into a little delay trying to get Vickie’s luggage from customs. Teca intervened telling them it was all for missions. After a breakfast of local fruit, cheese bread, and Brazilian coffee, the team gathered for devotions before heading out for a day of bonding and cultural immersion. Teca took us to the local handicraft market with wares from all over Brazil. We definitely helped the local economy! We learned that brazil nuts are actually seeds and saw what they looked like coming from the tree. Our big adventure for the day is the Brazilian BBQ! The authentic Texas de Brazil, but 10 times better! We were so stuffed that we had to walk around the Black River before we could be stuffed back in the van. We took a short tour of the Opera House which was built in the early 1800s. The patrons complained about the noise from the horse drawn carriages, so the cobblestones were pulled up and replaced with rubber “bricks”. The European ladies weren’t happy with the laundry service in the area and shipped their clothes to France for cleaning! Seems like it would have been more efficient and economical to bring the French laundresses to brazil. We loaded all our supplies in the van and headed to Pastor Augusta’s church for a Seter service. This was a first for many of the team and very moving. Since we missed dinner, Teca took us to the Lebanese drive thru for the Lebanese version of Brazilian pizza. We weren’t disappointed. We continued on the river to meet our boat crew and the rest of our interpreters. Our interpreters include Max and Jesica, who are the young Brazilian couple now in charge of the boat mission, Fabio and Zulackia, a Brazilian missionary couple assigned to Mozambique, and Pastor Augusta. The John Wesley boat is a three deck diesel powered boat. Each small cabin has four bunks and there are three communal bathrooms for the team and crew to share. We are loaded and begin our journey down the Black River. We are asked to get some sleep and be up by 6AM to see the joining of the Black and Yellow Rivers, when joined, become the Salomon River, which is what the locals call the Amazon.

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