Sunday, May 22, 2011

We've Arrived!

   We've arrived - In Brazil, that is!

   Finally after everything the Lord has brought us through in the past years, on May 19, 2011 we arrived at our new home and place of ministry in a suburb of Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil!   After an all-night flight and two more flights inland, we landed at 1pm.

   It was so wonderful to be met by our co-workers and fellow laborers who ministry in the Cuiabá area.  It was wonderful to re-unite with the Lockharts, the Duarte's, the Doolittles, and the Raehls!

   We quickly gathered all of our luggage, rejoicing that every piece had made it, and loaded it into Pastor Duarte's truck and trailer.

    We have just been so blessed by the absolute kindness and generosity of all the other missionaries here. We have so much to learn and we are thankful for these others who are taking the time to help us as we get settled in.

  Two days after our arrival, the mission church here (Pastor Duarte) had a welcoming service for us.  I was amazed as I realized that this welcoming service was held on May 21st, exactly four years after the day that we left Brazil from our survey trip, which was when God confirmed this call on our lives.  He has definitely been faithful to us through those years and we are so thankful that He has brought us back to minister here.

   At the end of the service, the men of the church gathered around to offer prayer for us.

Thank you Mrs. Duarte for the photo!

    And then we were showered with house-warming gifts and then treated to a wonderful time of fellowship and refreshments!

Thank you Mrs. Duarte for the photo!

    What a blessing the folks here have been to us.  We hope that some day we can be a blessing to them as they have been to us.

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