Have you stoped buy the pet store at the shopping center and saw the most beautiful birds and other tropical pets. How about a exotic turtle? We do not have to go to the pet store or zoo to see such beauty, they are in our backyard. The people here love them as much as you do. They are prized pets. The macaws can live as long as a human. If you rent a place that has a macaw, there are conditions in the rental contract for you to care for the bird. The real owner of the property is the macaw who is protected under law. No you can not take these birds or many other animals out of the country but local do have them as pets. Monkeys are fun as they swing around the house climbing up trees and walls at someone’s home. Now we have done some traveling since we have been living in Brazil as missionaries. It is always fun to visit a zoo and see displays of animals from Northern Brazil, they are just common animals to us. I guess that makes us tropical too.
Paul is the son of George our first baptized believer on the island of Cotijbua. He is a bright guy and has a back ground of drug use and an aimless life. We have tried over the past few years to reach out to him but with little response. As our group has grown and he has personally seen lives change over the year, including his fathers. This seems to have made some impact on his life because he stated showing up at the Monday night bible studies. As we studied the stories they seem to touch his heart and give him questions to ask. While we where at the Monkey Island Church for baptisms the Spirit got hold of him and he decided to accept Christ as his Savior. Glory to God! Please rejoice with is in this new life and pray that he will complete the process through baptism.
Lydia has has a heart for Brazil as she attended college so in 2014 she return to Brazil as a teacher at an American school following in the path of her parents of working in missions. She worked as an elementary school teacher effecting the lives of children who came from homes of diplomats. The kids came from a variety of countries. One of the parents of her kids decided to pull their kid from the school because the Christian message was to strong, this was a Muslim family. She sees this as a mission field so she strives to get the Gospel into her lessons. She is in Dayton Ohio, ending her ministry in Brazil.
She can use some help, she is looking for an elementary school teaching position. If any of you know of opening or leads you can give her, drop her an e-mail: Lydia@pattons.org. Our hope is she will start a new job in the fall. Pray for her as she has arrived in America.