Monday, September 21, 2009

Outback of Brazil - Pelo Sinal (Part 2)

When our team went to go look at the living conditions of the family that I mentioned in my previous post, we sent all the children of Pelo Sinal to the town square. We told them we would meet them under the big tree in the center of town shortly.


All the children gathered there as we sang songs and taught them hand gestures to some of our favorite songs. Here we were teaching them lyrics and hand motions to "O, Happy Day".

O, happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
O, happy day, happy day
and I'll never be the same
Forever I am changed.

We wanted to make one home visit before time to meet back with our entire group for lunch, so my team grabbed two precious sisters, Victoria and Raphaela, and asked them if we could go to their home for a visit. My team leader, Daniel, already knew them from a previous trip.

(L to R) Shelby, Katarina, Daniel, Raphaela, Victoria and me

We headed through the village and up the hill to their home.

We had an amazing visit with this sweet family. Unfortunately, their brother, Oscar, was not there when we visited in their home, but the girls' parents and their paternal grandfather were there. They were so gracious to us and so appreciative to us for coming to visit them. Their mother was disappointed that we could not stay and eat lunch with them and made us promise that when we come back that our entire group would eat lunch at their house!

Victoria went to her room and got a notebook with her schoolwork in it and read some of her answers regarding what she believed about the Bible and why, and I was absolutely amazed with her spiritual maturity! She said she had been reading her Bible that had been given to her on a previous trip.

My heart just melted as little Raphaela snuggled up to me on the sofa. She just latched onto me from the minute we sat down in their home and I couldn't get enough! So precious!

This is a picture of this precious family (minus brother Oscar) with our team. (Unfortunately, our translator, Katarina, was taking the picture so was not able to be included in this photo.)

They made us feel so welcome that it was really difficult to leave. I had to snap one more photo of this precious family- taken outside the door of their home.

We headed back through the village to Nalva's house (the Mayor of Pelo Sinal) for a delicious lunch prepared by Pastor Carlos' wife, Dinalda.

As soon as lunch was over, it was time to head back to the town square. The "Face Painters" took their places......

The lines started to form ......

And beautiful faces were painted!

My daughter, Faith, even threw in her hair braiding services!

Afterwards we even got to observe a dance class that the little girls in the village got to be a part of. So sweet!

To be continued.....

9 comments:

Alex and Jill said...

I love these pics...keep 'em coming! :)

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Enjoying hearing all about your mission trip!! Pics are great!

~Beth

petrii said...

I absolutely love that song ~~ it is one of my fav's, although I didn't know it had hand motions. Maybe when we meet in person you can show me those =)

This family was just precious, and their house was so pretty. Did you ever get to break bread with them? They seem really sweet.

I love the pic of Faith braiding young ones hair. That is precious!!

Have a Blessed day friend,
Dawn

Faith said...

Still loving your detailed posts! I think I was busy loving on Oscar while you were with the rest of his family =)

Hollie said...

great pics mimi! matt leaves for a mission trip to brazil in a couple of weeks. he'll be there 10 days. seeing this was a great preview of sorts.
what an amazing thing you're doing over there.

His Doorkeeper said...

I love your recount of your time there. I know you are being a great blessing and in turn, receiving an awesome blessing yourself! Aren't the children just beautiful?

Harris Family said...

Oh what a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing your pictures! The children are so beautiful!!!

Sherry said...

A life-changing trip! So glad you could experience a missions ministry adventure.

prashant said...

I absolutely love that song

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