Although we really missed being at Northridge yesterday, we enjoyed our first full day in Brazil. I'll let pictures tell the story:
Walking back to our hotel from the Supermarket. We took two MK (Missionary Kids) with us for translation purposes. This conference takes place every three years with all ABWE missionaries in Brazil. 8% or 9% of the entire ABWE family ministers in Brazil.
Sue & Carol Clark (our missionary to Brazil) begin to prepare the gift bags for the missionary kids. Thank you to so many of the small groups who donated candy and other give-away gifts to give these missionaries a taste from home. The girls spent the afternoon putting the gift bags together and meeting with the other children's leaders to plan the week. I worked on my sermons.
We went to a Brazilian Steakhouse (called churrascaria restaurants) for lunch. These are becoming more popular in the US and they began here in Brazil. The servers keep bringing all types of meat to your table until you tell them to stop. Here is just one of the trays of meat. They served all different cuts of beef, chicken, fish, and other meats. The most unique thing I tried was chicken heart, and I definitely would not recommend it. About 25 of us enjoyed this lunch together. We sat across from John & Jody Miagan. He is the youth pastor from Jason DeGraaff's dad's church in Indiana. They are here working with and challenging the teens for the week.
Thanks again for your prayers while we are here. And don't forget to thank God for the day we celebrate today – the day Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door at the Church @ Wittenberg – which launched the Reformation. It truly was a history-making day that affects us today. Without it, there would be no Protestant Churches (including Northridge).