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On The River

Reaching out to the people in one aspect might seem easy. We are white Americans living in a community that is not accustomed to foreigners so we are a curiosity. But with that title comes fear and many river dwellers… 

Chocolate Brazil?

One fact you might not know, Brazil is a major producer of chocolate. The Brazilian state we live in is home to this chocolate industry which means we have big names like, Hershey and NestlĂ©, but many of the chocolate… 

A ThanksGiving Story

As it happens every year, Thanksgiving has caught me by surprise, only because there are no Thanksgiving celebrations here in Brazil where I live. It is an American Holiday followed by Black Friday, which is celebrated by the local merchants.… 

Bobbing For Apples

Let me just write this up as a cultural exchange. No, Brazilians do not have a fall, go on hayrides, enjoy a cool evening by the campfire and bob for apples. Since we are Americans and we like our culture… 

How To Explain Sin

Sin is a concept that is fleeing our society. Here in Brazil, where we live, sin is not understood in the culture. So when you talk to a friend, coworker, or a relative about sin, the eyes roll, heads shake… 

The Frog Will Not Leave

What type of animals do you have in your house? Pet cat, dog, or bird. Possibility of some kind of creature living in an aquarium? We have a frog in our house that thinks that our kitchen is part of… 

Storytellers On The River

It does not take an Academic to realize that the people living out here in the islands of the Amazon Delta are just good, down to earth folks, most of which have little if any basic education. Everyone likes a… 

Men Telling The Story

It was such an awesome night with two of our men sharing their experiences from Friday nights evangelistic house visits. My ears were burning as they shared how they were telling the story of Cain and Able and how it… 

No I Do Not Need Help

Things keep breaking around the house; washing machine (what I am working on here), fridge, tile popping up off the floor, computers not working, battery backups getting fried along with light bulbs. Please lift us up to the Lord that… 

Celebrating Marriage

It was our great joy this year to celebrate our wedding anniversary on the actual day we got married. In past years ministry demands have forced us to move our celebration to several months later, not this year. A friend…