I’m back at it again and will try to do better at posting regularly, so you can keep updated with what is happening! I’m currently back in Brazil for almost three weeks after being back home in Canada from Sept 2015 until Feb 22, 2016. My time in Canada was good but also very hard. The good was being able to reconnect with friends and family, having opportunities to share about my work and the amazing response by so many – sponsoring children and partnering with me financially and in prayer. I was encouraged by all the love and support.
The hard part of my time was both my grandma Nancy and my best friend, Sharlotte passing away in December. Being in Canada and not in Mozambique was a HUGE blessing and something I’m very thankful for. I was able to spend time with both of them even though it’s never enough. Both were a big part of my life and the loss has hit me very hard. There were days I wasn’t sure I could carry on…but God’s grace, comfort and strength has been there for me every day. And life goes on…I know they would both want me to continue on living and being who I was created to be.
And here I am…back in Brazil…
My time here hasn’t just all been traveling and sightseeing though…this is a picture of “home” here in Itaperuçu. Located high up on the hill with a great view…and a terrible road coming up here!
Below is the view out of the kitchen window…the “lawnmowers” are hard at work!
It has rained a lot during our time here…so we had to take advantage of the days when the sun was shining.
Lots of our days looked like this as well…meeting with the key people at the mission here, continuing to build relationships,
My favourite moments are always the ones where I get time to spend with the children! It was fun to be able to actually converse a little more with them this time. They always love to practice their English as well!
Quite a few of our sponsors sent gifts or cards along as well…and here Ruth and I are delivering a few of those gifts. The smiles say it all!
One day we all piled in and went on another adventure…visiting Caçador, a remote community where the mission has built a school. We were all shook up by the time we got there…thanks to a crazy bumpy road.
The school – a huge blessing to a community that had no school! I visited this school and community two years ago when I was in Brazil, so it was nice to see all the changes. The biggest one is that the school is finished and functioning!
The whole team enjoyed seeing the school in action! We took lots of pictures and video. Here the children were learning the different instruments and clothing that is used in capoeira (a Brazilian martial art infused dance).
Then it was time for the practical part of the lesson…the kids had such a great time with it all. I got right in there with them!
Then Professor Cabelo, the guy teaching the lesson decided I needed to learn some moves! I gave it a good go, but I definitely need a LOT of practice!
I impressed them all with my cartwheel though! 🙂
We also visited in a few homes…this lady (with her granddaughter) actually remembered me from the last time. She gave me the biggest hug when I came up to the door.
Being in their homes and seeing the conditions they live in was a reminder to me of how blessed I am in my life. There is no great joy in my life than being able to share God’s love with them.
On the topic of being thankful….this is the laundry facility! The bottom left hand is a picture I took at the same house two years ago when I was here. Not much has changed in this area!
All too soon I was time to say goodbye to part of the team as they headed back to Canada.
I enjoyed my last few days visiting with friends…soaking up all the moments.
Boa viagem! On to the next adventure…South Africa and Mozambique here I come!
Please keep me in your prayers as I head back…there has been some unrest in Mozambique in areas close to the mission. Pray for protection and wisdom as I serve the people I love there. Also there has been severe drought in Mozambique, all the crops have died and many people are suffering. Pray for us as we respond to the needs as we are able.
If you would like to donate to our Emergency Feeding Fund please click on this link:
https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/12181 (Select Emergency Feeding Mozambique 2016)
Until next time, Janette signing off from the São Paulo airport