Welcome to May! Time seems to have taken off into full flight here in Brazil! The last couple weeks have been quite busy for us as we’ve gotten into something of a routine of life here.
A couple weeks ago we asked that you all be praying about our electricity project getting fixed. The gentlemen that were working on it were able to finish the project just as they were planning. It continued to be more involved than they imagined, but they were able to get it all fixed and we are up and running well now.
Language school has been going well. We’ve now finished up three full weeks of classes, getting ready to begin our fourth. Last week we learned past and future tense verb conjugations, which has proven very VERY helpful. It’s nice to be able to tell people what you did last week when they ask. 🙂
While we’re in language school we’ve had a good friend of Goretti’s (Pastor Hebe’s wife) watching Chloe. She’s done quite well with Chloe, and seems to enjoy children in general.
Chloe has been growing a lot over the past couple weeks. Today she turned 6 months old! It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 months since she was born! She ate “real” food (baby cereal) for the first time on Saturday, a momentous occasion indeed! Goretti had been very excited about that occasion for some time, and really made it a special thing.
Saturday was also Hebe’s birthday. Both the youth group and the men’s group had celebrations for him. Goretti even had a special cake made for him. Hebe is a big fan of Coke. And so it was only appropriate that his birthday cake was modeled after a Coke bottle.
Last weekend Emily made cookies and brownies and we began introducing ourselves to our neighbors. Truthfully we only got as far as one neighbor. We ended up going in and talking to them for an hour! By the time we left it was too late at night to continue calling. But we had a good time getting to know them. Though we didn’t always know how to respond, we found that we understood the vast majority of what they were saying to us. This was very encouraging. The grandson, who lives in the home, is a professing atheist, while the rest of the home seems to be Catholic. Pray for this and other opportunities we seek out with our other neighbors.
Yesterday we visited the church plant of one of our fellow missionaries here in Sao Paulo. It was good to see and be a part of this young church, if only for a day.
Much more has happened, but that’s all we have space for today. Please continue praying for us, and be assured of our prayers for you.