Brazil Mission Trip (Days 4 - 6)

Bom dia!  
I know it has been forever since I blogged about Brazil and I apologize for dropping off like that.  I wrote about it several times but the Blogger app erased all my hard work!  Thankfully I was able to recover most of the lost data.

I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 months since my mission trip to Brazil.  Although that’s 3 months of “back to normal life”, I often think about Brazil.  Its places and people are always in my thoughts and prayers.  I can’t explain it, but that’s what Rio did to me.  It got in my heart and my blood and I’m forever a little bit Brazilian.  
Day 4.          (Monday.July 24)  
First Day of Clinics
We had not expected to see as many people there the first day.  But as we parked the bus in front of the church, we were astonished by the size of the crowd.  People stood in a line that wrapped all the way around the church!  Many had been waiting in line since 2 in the morning.

I worked with the dental team assisting and keeping the instruments sterile.  W…

Brasil Day 3

(I'm sorry for not writing. I've been so busy. This will be quick.)Day 3.  Sunday. July 23.Church was amazing!  Together we worshipped God in Portuguese and English.  It was really beautiful.  As I stood with my brothers and sisters in Christ, all at once I was overcome by the goodness of God. “I am in Brasil!”  I thought, “just like God promised I would be!”  Right then I was reminded of all the times God has provided and cared for me.  God is so good.  God is faithful.  I cried as I thought these things, hoping for the chance to share with someone--anyone--the Good News. Later that day we went to a large outdoor market and shopped for trinkets for our families.  Brazil has some amazing artists and wonderful food!  I tried this delicious fruit smoothie called Acaia.  Mmmm.

Welcome to Brazil! Day 1-2

Day 1.  Friday. July 21.As I walked the streets of Rio that night, I thought, "I'm falling in love with Brazil!"The thought surprised me.  Isn't it too soon to feel that?  My brain is still trying to catch up with my heart.  It feels so strange to be so far from America, but yet "here" feels so normal.  Except all around me are foreign places, sounds and voices.  I tried to take it all in, but the sleepless all-night flight has left me in a daze.  The shops, cafes, grocery stores and pharmacies were mostly open-air.  I guess the evenings are a good time for walking because people were out and about to eat, chat, or walking the dog.I paused to walk around a large rock, only realizing that it's a homeless man wrapped in a gray blanket.  Thankfully the night was warm.  Only about 70 degrees.We ate sushi, which seems strange when you're in Brazil, but there is apparently a large Japanese population here.  It was some of the best sushi I've had ever.…

Preparing for Brazil Mission Trip

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15)

It's hard to believe that I will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!   Only one day left! I'm trying to prepare myself for the work ahead.  I made notes of scriptures and things I want to share when I get the chance.  It's strange to not be terrified at the thought of public speaking, but somehow it just excites me.  It feels like a leap of faith.  I'm winging it but I know the Holy Spirit will guide me!  It's like an exciting movie that you don't know what will happen next but it's going to be good.
I have an inkling of one thing I think may happen.  Someone said something to me last Sunday that brought me to tears because I could see it happening in my mind's eye.  He said he could see us (Kaylee and I) working on the streets with kids.  So we will see what happens!
I'm not goin…

Called to Brazil

We hear people say they were 'called' so often that it's almost lost significant meaning.  The biblical reality is that we as believers are all called to share the gospel and make disciples.  The circumstances for that calling may look different for everyone, but the calling never changes.  It might take place in a coffee shop or in a hut in Africa.  But nobody is ever 'called more' than anybody else. 
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.(Mark 16:15 ESV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,(Matt. 28:19)
But it is true and fact when I say I was called to Brazil specifically.  I know this because I believe God showed it to me.
I was raised by parents who had a passion for God.  When I was about six years old I made Jesus my Lord and was baptized in a creek.  It was an amazing moment and I felt the Holy Spirit so strong!…
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5: 4-5)