Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Last night my parents left from spending two weeks with Ali and me, and we had a great time sharing our world with them! Looking back, it doesn't seem like two weeks should be up already, but they did get to see a ton!
The day they arrived they took part of one of the weekly lunches at our house for young professionals,
And the next day they joined our youth group as we started a campaign in our neighborhood of gathering food to be given to needy families this Christmas
We had a lot of fun showing our city to them. Itu is known as "the city where everything is big," – (like this 2-foot Q-tip mom found for dad)
Here and throughout Brazil, we Kaisers have a name for ourselves, sooo –
mom got a pose in with the more sought after Kaiser of the region.
One of their favorite experiences was joining me to the “Sitio Shalom,” a drug rehab program I regularly work with here. While I was busy helping one of the residents, Marcinho, format his resumê,
mom and dad ate lunch with the other residents, and than dad gave one of the guys a lesson on how to play “Sudoku.” Watching them get by without a common language was hilarious, but they did it!
and lots of other beautiful children who were excited to have new visitors!
Besides all the events, we packed the time with some of the best people in the world, new foods, sights and experiences and as little sleep as possible. Mom and dad, thanks so much for coming and being a part of our world here! We love you guys, and look forward to the next time. But for now… try not to hurt your shoulders again shoveling snow back in Ohio! J
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
we first met Rolando Diaz in June when he came with the Highland campaign for the camp....
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
we are very excited that CAROL is wanting to return to Brazil and continue to serve as an intern next semester!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
one idea carol and amanda had at the beginning of the internship was to create an alternating cycle of SERVICE SATURDAYS and SOCIAL SATURDAYS with our youth group.
we are influencing the youth to be PRAGMATIC leaders.
not just ppl that sit around and philosophy on their faith, but ppl that say
"i believe, therefore, i do."
in August we had an Olympics party (social sat), with mock-sport and medals!, and we went to Sitio Shalom (the drug rehab program mark serves) to help them plant their vegetable garden for service sat. (if you ask the youth what their favorite activity was so far, SITIO SHALOM is the answer!)
in September we went to a soccer game in Sao Paulo (it was an insane adventure!), and for our service we remodeled chose a small, simple business in the community to remodel.
in October we will have Praise and Worship night on Saturday (25/10) and on Halloween we are trick-or-treating for canned foods to distribute Christmas food baskets.
Itu is a small city, but God keeps doing BIG things around here!
and we've watched Him use Carol and Amanda to create action!
proud to have such good teammates!
we have not bragged enough about our interns on the internet!!
Monday, October 20, 2008
as you well know, we love Brazil.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
we have felt quite blessed with the amount of people that have swept thru our lives recently on a quick visit and tour of our Brazilian day-to-day!