what a gift it is to know you and to see you love the way you do, to see you go the extra mile even when you do not have to. i am endlessly inspired by you, and this courageous life you live. what a gift it is to know you, and to receive the love you give. -morgan harper nichols
to all the moms everywhere ^
this year i wanted to write something for Mother’s Day i have seen so many amazing examples of mothers throughout my life, and i just wanted to be (yet another) young girl who looks up to so many of you amazing females and say:
the tired one, the worn out one.
i know, it feels like no one sees you. but to start out, let me say, one day those little grubby hands that caress your cheeks will hold their own babies in those hands and say, “thank you Momma, for all you taught me, for the example you are, and for all that you do.”
one day, they will see, and it will all be worth it
maybe, for some of you, it already is worth it! amen! but we are A L L walking such DIFFERENT paths, that i just wanted to say, to those mommas that can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel yet…can’t quite see the silver lining and God’s great purpose in all this..your day WILL come!
and on that day, the King of kings will hand you your crown and will say, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
oh dear mother
because of all those years you spent waking up to change the sheets once again, waking up early to make breakfast and get them on the bus, washing and folding all those clothes with care & love, and raising those children up to follow JESUS!
that is why!
your job is sacred!!
what you do, the kiddos you have, NO ONE ELSE could raise them or do the things you do with them the way you can!
no one else was chosen by Jesus to raise them, but you (and your husband :))
no, i don’t understand or know about all the nitty-gritty.
but i know it’s hard.
i know you don’t want to get up and do it all over again somedays. (maybe most days :))
but you could be raising world-changers, Jesus-lovers, kingdom-builders.
so don’t give up.
let your feet hit the floor each morning and let the devil say, “oh crap, she’s up.”
cause you’re Jesus’ princess 😉
so i don’t keep repeating myself, may i just say…
they will understand & see one day all that you’ve done.
but for now,
Jesus sees, knows, & cares.
He created you for this.
you got this 😉
cause He don’t ever leave you
bjs & kisses,
Jaelah (and the inspiration from my Jesus ;))
“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
-1 Peter 5:4
Some of you may know that Matt was in an accident yesterday with the floatplane. He had flown a pastor to some river communities to minister over the weekend. They were on their way back and needed to land because a storm was coming. When they were coming in to land the motor quit and they had to land in some trees. Matt is ok, unfortunately the pastor broke his femur. Prayers are greatly appreciated for that because it is normally a long recuperation. Genivaldo, the pastor, has been working in these communities for 15 years—please pray also that he would not be discouraged and that this would be used for God’s glory. (Romans 8:28) I guess Matt’s ok and not too scared to fly because he got back in another ultralight to come back to Santarem (he was about 2 hours away by plane so we were thankful that a pilot friend was available to go pick him up)
The Rebel the day before the accident. Parked at a community.
And then the accident
After removing it from the jungle
Matt always wanted an open cockpit…..
and those floats he was so proud of. well… he’s got a lot of work to do again….
*Huge, huge praise that the guys survived the accident, and with just cuts & bruises other than the broken femur—recognizing that that will take a little longer but with time will heal and we pray will not have any permanent effects
*For Pastor Genivaldo—quick, uncomplicated healing and encouragement. We are thankful he was able to be taken to a major city hospital yesterday where he can receive highly skilled care.
*The area around Matt’s right eye is purple and swollen. He was checked out at a small hospital near the crash site yesterday but we are going to have a CT scan done here in Santarem today thanks to a doctor/pilot that Matt knows who arranged it all for him—not a small feat, especially given that it is a Brazilian holiday today and everything is closed. He also has a sprained ankle.
*Matt is supposed to leave tomorrow morning to travel to Atlanta, GA for his sister Faith’s wedding this weekend. Prayers appreciated especially for comfort during his long flight.
*As we wade through the details of getting the plane removed from the forest, that things would move forward in an uncomplicated manner. The plane is more or less destroyed—crushed wing, bent float, etc. –prayers appreciated for deciding the next steps in terms of what is salvageable and/or how do we replace it.
We want to especially thank all of you who pray for us, whether on a regular basis or once in awhile—we fully believe the outcome was as good as it was thanks to the power of prayer. I got emotional this morning listening to a message from a fellow Brazilian missionary pilot in another part of the Amazon. He had prayed for Matt and mission aviation yesterday morning during his mission group’s prayer time—just about the time that Matt and Genivaldo were involved in the accident.
God is so good and we praise Him…and fully recognize that even if the outcome had been worse…He is still good, and worthy of our praise!!
Love to all,
One major headache I’ve encountered while living in Brazil was the importation of some aluminum floats. We asked for much prayer and after thousands of dollars and 18 months of waiting they confiscated them. HOWEVER we were able to purchase them “back” at an auction (I know if sounds frustrating, but this is Brazil). I had a few spare days this last week and utilized my brother’s visit to mount them.
Rebel with 25 year old Full Lotus floats
One of the reasons we wanted these aluminum ones is everytime I complained about our slow plane, experienced pilots told me the biggest problem was these floats. They have advantages (able to hold up to rocks, etc) but they are also the opposite of aerodynamic and (we found out since) weigh 20 pounds more than aluminum.
It was a big, expensive project but we felt worthwhile. Here is the progression of removing the floats and then installing the new ones.
Luke, not THAT excited about being there– but a big help!
We had a block and tackle to lift up the wing attach points. then things (whatever we could find) under each wing to stabalize it
Aluminum floats set up to go under the plane
Old floats disconnected
Here is a video of me pulling out the old ones (click here).
We also weighed the airplane during the process to verify the weight and balance
The cart it sits on when not in use also had to be modified
and finally in the water!!!
It was a great ending to the story. As mentioned, the aluminum ones are 20 pounds lighter (that’s 20 more minutes of fuel I can take) and we gained over 10 knots in airspeed (more than 10%!).
Thank you everyone for all your prayers and support for this project!
On November 19 through the 26, my Dad, Mom, my brother Cody and I made a visit to Santarem, Brazil. It was so fun seeing, talking and hanging out with family that we haven’t seen in a long time! The first day we stayed in Santarem we got everything settled and were about to all take showers. But when my mom moved the curtain a frog jumped out of the shower! She wasn’t very fond of that at all! I was so surprised! So we caught the frog and put him outside then we saw a giant cockroach climbing up the bathroom wall. Aunt Janelle said it was normal size and just killed it with a shoe like no big deal but us from America thought it was HUGE!!! On Tuesday we got ready to go on an overnight boat trip. We went on the trip so we could give people in a community water filters, so they could have cleaner water to drink from the Amazon River. My dad, Mark, his brother, Matt and “Little Mark” or Marquino would drill holes into a 5-gallon bucket to insert the water filters. The small filter will get rid of the bad stuff. As they were working, Marquino and Matt would explain how the dirty water would represent us as sinners. The filter would represent Jesus and how through him we are clean and pure. I think that’s super cool and totally well thought through. We met so many wonderful families there and it really opened my eyes! A little boy named Wesley that I remember was so sweet and cute and loved his bibles story book we took him. I also got to swim in the Amazon! I was so nervous to jump in. So now I can say I swam in the scary Amazon River!!! One night Cody, Sierra, Luke, and I used plastics cups to “fish” for minnows. We actually caught a couple of minnows, then we used those to fish for bigger fish but we never caught any. At night we slept in hammocks. The hammocks were super comfortable. We had them lined up in a and we all close together. The whole trip was super fun and exciting and I’m glad I was able to go.
Hello peeps! This post has two ‘happenings’ of Jaelah and I’s life recently. The first is the yearly teen camp that we go to, a few pictures and a brief account of how it was. The second is a boat trip that we went on a few weeks ago!
On our way to camp! With friend Adria.
I assume most of you have heard of the color fest, in the U.S. they usually are done after a long run. It is a powder made from corn starch (well, actually, we homemade ours and that’s what we made it out of. I’m sure stores’ are very different) & coloring. It was really cool how they turned it into a Biblical thing. For example, share with your friend or someone beside you if they don’t have any, and have FUN together!! It was so much fun to throw it at each other hahaha and see everybody screaming and laughing and being crazy. And, the video they did of us throwing it turned out pretty sick.
A few more pictures with a few more friends!
These are some friends that we made playing cards we just sat down at a table in the dining area and started playing with some of our other friends and then other teens just came over and asked if they could play. So we said yes and taught them how & laughed a ton & just had fun!!
hi, now it’s Jaelah’s turn! so we had a few weeks after camp to continue settling in to our new house & then we were off on the boat trip to Cucaru! it was such a wonderful trip & i (or we are so grateful we got to go! being able to help out with the kids’ ministry was by far my favorite. they had such a joy & are always so fun to be around! they took quite a liking to all of us so that was quite fun hahaha we actually went to more than one community because there was PAZ churches in both of them and the other one (Sao Diogo) was only 5 min. away. below you can see pictures from when we got stuck in the mud trying to drive there the morning after a big rain!
we left on Monday morning and got there late Monday night. we left Friday afternoon around 4 and arrived home (like at our house, since now we live a minute from the boat shop at 7:30AM Saturday.
we were really tired & i got a cold/flu something for a few days after but it is ALWAYS worth it. loved this community and these people & their souls just as I do every community <3
worship before devotion one morning
teaching the kiddos in one community (Sao Diogo) about Nahum!
sharing the evangelism cards with the kids
the Dr. Amanda and the monkey skit!
the day we got stuck in the mud on the way to the community!
we stood on the edge (right where there is more of a pileup of dirt) of the road while they were getting it out and then walked down the road to where it wasn’t flooded to get back in the truck :)
me, Emmile (a friend we made who came with us on the boat), Thayane (the children’s leader in Cucaru who also became our friend), and Mariah, with our sandals that were almost completely covered in mud lol
doing a Noah’s ark skit with the kids at the school! they sure like this one! :)
a group walking on Tuesday (the first day there) to do house evangelism & invite kids to the children’s service that night & everyone to the service that we held in front of the church on Thursday night :)
If you’ve read the book about the mission (Sunrise on the Amazon) or heard us talk about the mission, then you’ve probably heard of Pastor Nilton. He co-founded the mission (as an 18 year old) with Luke Huber. He is now 60 years old, still doing the same thing- pastoring churches in the Amazon Basin. He has traveled many rivers and streams around Santarem over his lifetime and is well known near—- and kinda far.
But, our desire is for him, actually for HIM to be known FAR and near. Nilton has been “confined” to about 30 hours by boat from Santarem. More than 30 hours by boat, and it gets very difficult to oversee churches. We have bases that are farther out, but Nilton rarely gets to those because of the transportation difficulty. Last year I had the idea of taking him to these other bases and doing mini-training series. Calling the river workers in (or better yet, going out to them) and letting this powerful man of God speak into their lives. Forty years of stories, experiences, and miracles.
We are planning to do one of these training sessions every other month, squeezing it in alongside of the many other responsibilities that Nilton has in Santarem.
Last weekend we went to Itacoatiara. A city two days by boat from Santarem, or less than 2 hours with the RV6. Friday afternoon Nilton did a session on evangelism. Friday night he shared about missions to a group of young adults. Saturday we were out on a river (2 hours by speedboat from the city) where the local worker / pastor was installing water filters as a way to begin a Gospel work there. We had three teams installing the filters in the local houses.
Loading the speedboat Saturday morning
Water filter (blue barrel in corner)
I was blessed to be with someone that was skilled in installing the filters, leaving me time to evangelize! The first house, the owner was a little preoccupied, but his daughter and her cousin listened. I started with Adam and Eve, then moved to Jesus. The girl said, “Oh, I have a book about Him. Here in the house.” I was then called to do some more filter installation, but when I left her and her cousin were hunched over that book studying the life of their Savior.
Typical Amazon house (with outhouse on left)
The last house we waited and waited for Nilton’s team to come back and pick us up. We installed the filter, I went through the Gospel, and then we still had an hour and half of waiting, talking, etc. It was getting dark and I was anxious to get back to Itacoatiara because I had marked a flight with another missionary at 6AM the next morning. They finally arrived and Pastor Nilton had a huge grin on his face. “We won a couple to the Lord” he said. That was worth it! Because it was dark and our boat driver was unfamiliar with the way back, we got lost. We were so lost that he was asking me which direction I thought we should go!
With all those different islands and channels, it’s easy to get lost!
Praise the Lord we made it back by about 10pm. I took a Brazilian missionary up the next morning to show him the value of aviation. He has been working in that area for about 9 years. His range is about 250 miles, and wants to go farther but without an airplane it is almost impossible. Our 30 minute flight took us to one of his training centers — which he normally spends 4 hours traveling by boat.
After that flight Nilton and I hopped (30 minute flight) to another larger community and met with another river pastor. This pastor moved to a small community (he go up at 5:30 to leave his house and travel to this larger community to meet up with us at 10AM) about 8 months ago and now has 17 disciples. Twelve are ready to be baptized and he is asking for counsel on a variety of things. He is self-supporting and is in need of boat gas as the other nearby communities are asking him to come and visit them but he doesn’t have enough gas to make these trips. We are in prayer on how to help him.
Airplane in the community of Urucara
Sunday night we were in another city (Parintins–see Jaelah’s previous blog). Nilton preached two services on missions– they did let me share a little before each service!
Pastor Nilton praying with the church in Parintins.
Monday morning we were back in Santarem.
Thanks for your continued prayer support! Each flight over the Amazon jungle is a risk, but worth taking as more and more people are able to hear about Jesus!
hi guys! so it’s been awhile huh? sorry to have left you for a bit! we’ve been busy around here lately
on June 17th-June 19th i went on a trip with Dad to a city that is about 12 hrs. by boat from Santarém and 2 1/2 hrs. by plane.
we took Pr. Nilton (a missions pastor and co-founder of Project AmaZon) & Jusilene, a brother in Christ who is also a worker on the river and he (Julsilene) is actually planning to move with his family to Parintins! (the main reason we went was so he could check out the city, etc. 😉
we left early Sat. morning (the 17th) and actually had to go pick up the other guy somewhere else about 55 min. from Santarém. we stopped and picked him up, stretched our legs a bit and then got back in
Nilton, Jusilene, Dad, ME
Parintins is actually an hour behind us so Pr. Nilton had told the pastor there we would get there at 11 but it was actually 10 their time! but we got there within good time! Pr. Samuel (the pastor in Parintins) picked us up and took us to the stadium where they do the Festival of the Bulls. not sure if anyone’s heard of this but the city of Parintins spent $10 million dollars (that is wasted pretty much) getting ready for it & 50,000 people come for it. it’s just a sinful party & only Carnival draws more people. it’s based on a local folklore about a resurrected ox. there is two teams (red & blue) that try and outdo each other. so, yeah, not a good party :/ but they were starting to get ready for it when we were there so he took us to see the stadium.
we picked up some açai and some fish and things for lunch and headed out to the church’s camp. we ate there and then spent the afternoon talking & strategizing. (well, the adults did. i talked with Pr. Samuel & Pr. Fatima’s son & held a baby 😉
they had pigs out at camp (and geese & ducks & dogs :P) so they killed one and we took it home & Pr. Samuel cooked it for us on the grill. my, i missed pork 😛 talk about your mouth salivating! (and yes, mine now officially is
Sun. morning the men got up and flew to another community to encourage a brother there & check out his churches etc. I stayed back with Pr. Fatima & Judá (their son).
When they got to the community on Sunday morning they had to figure out how to get to the village because they really didn’t know anyone at the airport. God provided and they found a guy with a boat that took them and let them sleep on the boat when they got back.
The boat parked at the village where Dad and Pastor Nilton were able to visit. One family has accepted Christ and they were blessed as Nilton shared from the Word. We are hoping to return soon and encourage them!
we hung out, watched cartoons, read books, had lunch, took naps, took showers, ate more açai, then left for church they are the head pastors in Parintins (and there is only one church there) so Pr. Fatima preached for the 5 & 7 PM services. so i got to hear the same sermon twice after the last service was over i met some of Judá’s friends and we chatted for a bit & i got to know some of them, which was super cool! when we were all done talking we went down to like the main park, i guess you could say it was. they had (have) a bunch of stands set up that you can get burgers from (that are verrrrrry delectable!). a disciple of Pr. Fatima’s & her husband and son were there so they chatted while we waited for our food (yes, they. i chatted a bit but was really trying to focus more on the keeping my eyes open part ;). we ate and then we went back to their house, i got my stuff all organized to leave the next day. (actually it was kinda already the next day by the time we got in bed. and yes i was very tired the next day!)
this is part of the stadium where they do the Festival of the Bulls at
me & Dad after visiting where Pr. Samuel works :)
this was at the camp in Parintins. twas a very restful & relaxful afternoon ;)
at one point during the afternoon at camp i was reading my book and the geese started making a bunch of noise so i looked behind me and they were all headed like this towards the river. i thought it was funny for some reason :)
açai before church 😛 we had this every.single.day when we were there! yes please! ;)
the baby that i got to hold at camp <3 i could do this every day, all day long ;)
(from left to right) Judá, Pr. Samuel, Pr. Fatima, & me on Monday before we left love these people so much!!!
our view on the way to pick up Juseline! right after this we flew thru clouds! it was amazing! God is amazing! ;)
and this was right after we left Parintins! all those communities that still need Jesus!!! raise ’em up Lord!
so, the men had left early that morning and they actually stayed over in the community because Dad didn’t want to fly back in the dark. so they slept on a boat that night & got up really early the next morning (Monday) and flew to Parintins, picked me up, and we left.
i called Dad after we got back to their house and he told me to get all of my stuff together & the guys’ stuff too (they hadn’t taken anything hardly) and be at the airport at 6:30 AM
so we slept and then got up early, Pr. Fatima made some coffee & we left & went and got some bread & headed to the airport.
they were landing right as we got there so they landed and came out to the truck and we ate and then walked to the plane, took some pictures, said our last goodbyes, climbed in and we were off
we dropped Jusilene off again & then continued to Santarém.
andddddd we were home by 11AM on Monday
so that’s it! I so enjoyed this trip and want to go back soon!
Hello everyone! My name is Derek Steffen and I recently got to spend time with Matt, Janelle, Mariah, Jaelah, Luke, and Sierra in Brazil, so they asked me to write a short account of my experience. For a little background about myself, I am originally from Alto, Michigan and I count myself very blessed that I got to meet the Steidinger family while they lived in Michigan for Matt’s flight school. During their short time in Alto they had a big impact on the church community there and my family especially enjoyed their friendship. This year I just graduated from college (thank you, thank you) and I have a short break before I start my first professional job. I asked Matt and Janelle I could come visit them in Santarem and even though I didn’t give them much notice, they were extremely generous and accommodating making it possible for me to see Brazil and their mission there.
I first flew into Manaus where I had an overnight layover and stayed with another American missionary named Jim Benson. During that short stay with Jim, he introduced me to the violence and corruption of Brazil. He told me a little about the different missions in northern Brazil and how there are tens of thousands of unreached communities along the Amazon. Jim was an extremely interesting person who has served in the military and lived in almost all 50 states. I think if I had spent my entire trip talking with Jim, it would have been a trip worthwhile.
After my all too short layover in Manaus I finally flew into Santarem where I was picked up by the entire Steidinger family. All of the kids wanted to come along; what a warm welcome! We had to drive all the way across town to get back to the mission and the streets of Santarem are very poorly maintained with potholes that could swallow a small truck. The lanes in the streets might have been painted once, but a “four-lane” road was treated more like a seven-lane road with cars, motorcycles, and trucks doing whatever it took to get ahead each other while dodging potholes, stray dogs, and horse drawn carts. Matt had obviously adjusted well to the culture as he raced through the traffic and potholes with formula 1 precision. Luke calmly read his book in the back of the car seemingly unaware of the surrounding traffic buzzing like a beehive.
That afternoon I helped Matt attach a wing to his float-plane named Rebel. Two bolts and a prayer later, we had the wing attached. Matt always test flies his planes after a repair to make sure all of the instruments are working correctly. He asked me if I would like to go with him to test fly the amateur built float plane over the Tapajos river that had a missing wing just minutes before. He didn’t have to ask me twice! I waved to the fishermen in their canoes as we skipped, bounced, and lifted off the water in the orange light of the setting sun.
Matt diagnosing the plane to find a wing missing
The next day I got to go on a boat trip down the Amazon with a group of pastors visiting from southern Brazil. This was no doubt the most special part of my entire trip. I was introduced to Marcos who was not much older than me and fluent in English. Marcos and I sat and talked on the boat for countless hours about how the church started by Project Amazon, Igreja da Paz, has grown tremendously over the past 40 years through discipleship and small house churches called cell groups. I had with me a book called Sunrise on the Amazon, the story of how Igreja da Paz was started by an American missionary named Luke Huber and a Brazilian named Nilton Cordeiro. Marcos took the book and flipped to a picture of Nilton, who was then a young man, and told me that Nilton was his father! Then Marcos took me to the man who was piloting the boat and said, “this is Nilton, my father.” I couldn’t believe it! The original person who started Igreja da Paz and helped it grow to what it is today was right here with me on the boat! I pointed to the picture of Nilton in the book and said to him (through the translation of Marcos), “it is such an honor to meet the man in the story.” He then said to me with a warm smile, “you are now a part of the story.” I will never forget that special conversation I had with Nilton that day.
Marcos (left) and his father, Nilton (Right)
That night we stopped at a small village along the river. Even though it was a Saturday night, the river community was very excited to have church and hear the visiting pastors preach. We started with worship lead by an electric guitar and drum set. The entire community was in the church with their hands raised in worship. Each of the visiting pastors took turns going up to preach. Marcos very graciously translated the fast-paced, energetic sermons for me to hear.
The river community and my new friends I met on the boat trip
The church in the river community
The next day we took off down the river again. We found a sandbar just up the river of Santarem and spent most of the singing praise songs on the boat and swimming around the sandbar.
Singing praise songs on the boat
Our boat “Because of Jesus” parked at the sandbar
During my stay, I also got to go to church with the Steidinger family. There are dozens of small Igreja da Paz churches all over the city. We attended the largest church. The worship and sermons had so much energy and passion! I couldn’t help but feel rejuvenated and encouraged even though I didn’t understand much of what was being said.
Janelle piloting through the wild streets of Santarem on our way to church
One of the many small local churches
My favorite part of the trip was all of the many wonderful people I met. I would describe Brazilians as being friendly, genuine, and anxious to celebrate anything! Saying hello or goodbye to anyone involves a ritual of a dozen hugs! I personally wouldn’t mind if America adopted that practice 😊. While I was sitting in the Santarem airport before I flew out, some men tried to talk to me. They were obviously fascinated by an American in Santarem. We had a hard time communicating, but I recognized the words “Igreja da Paz” and I quickly lit up! Yes! That’s why I’m here! One of the men explained through cognates and hand gestures that he was a pastor and the other men were his disciples. I told them that the famous pastor, Abe Huber, was my cousin. He’s technically my 2nd cousin once removed, but I don’t know how to say that in Portuguese. They were so impressed they wanted to get a picture with me! They all gave me many hugs and shouted every English word they knew, “Chicago bulls! Michael Jordan! Scottie Pippen!” They each took turns taking pictures with their own smart phones smiling and patting me on the back. Apparently, since I’m part Huber, I’m a celebrity in Brazil! It was a very fun way to end my time there and the epitome of Brazilian friendliness!
Now when I read about the corruption in the news, and see the statics about the violence, it brings me real sorrow. I can’t help but share the burden of my brothers and sisters in Brazil. Brazil is full of beautiful people but you can’t miss the ugly razor wire around the houses and the metal bars covering doors and windows. There is a richness in their joy, but you can’t ignore the poverty that infects the city and the countryside. I had a very fun time, but the main thing I am taking home with me is a new sorrow. Pastor Nilton was right, now that my eyes have been opened to the need in Brazil, I am a part of the story. May Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
it’s been a little
so on March 23-29, we had the HONOR of having my BFF & her family come here to visit us!
we only had 6 days together but they were super-packed, full-of-fun, laughing-all-the-time days. the best kind, right?!?! and, ok, there were some not-so-good moments because we’re all sinners, right? but, for the most part, it was all fun
we hung out at our house quite a lot, which was super nice, took them to a fish market, the fruit & vegetable market, took them to eat some ‘regional’ foods, fed them açai (a must! LOL), and went on a on a two-night boat trip.
below are some pics of their time here.
thank you all once again for making the huge effort to come to Brazil and visit us! we SO enjoyed our time together & we will be forever grateful that God gave us these 6 days together!!!! HE is good always!
swimming the first day (excuse the neck veins, we were a little excited hahaha)
flying with her mom and Dad :)
at the Orla (downtown by the river) eating regional foods
all 8 of us kids on the boat 😉 this pic was not easy to come by hahaha i was the third phone that asked for a pic :P
the river when we went flying
the sunset the first night on the boat! God is incredible
the sky on the way to do children’s ministry
teaching the (adorable!) kiddos at the school a song :)
me & Maggs on the last day <3
the whole gang!!!!
we caught quite a few piranhas!!!!!!
so…yep! thank you guys once again, we love y’all so much!
and goodbye everyone else reading this
Jesus & Jaelah
hello friends! it’s been a little while!
so this post is about a trip we just took. we went to the town we might move to (and some other towns as well) to ‘check it out’ & see if it’s where God wants us, etc.
U. Scott & Auntie Aldine (a missionary couple that we are very close to. #familyawayfromfamily:) ) went with us (THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR GOING AND PUTTING UP WITH US AND MAKING IT 1000000x FUNNER!!!! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!), they took the mission’s truck and we took our SUV/suburban/boat/monster. LOL
below is a little layout of what we did on the trip, where we were what days, etc. and then after that allllll the pictures
#Lábrea2017 Jan.12 11:56AM-Jan.27 6:21PM, 2017:
Jan.12- left around noon, drove to Itaituba; stayed in Itaituba for the night
Jan.13- got up early; stopped for potty breaks & lunch, otherwise drove all day; stayed in Jacareacanga
Jan.14- same ol’ same ol’ from the day before; stayed in Santo Antonio
Jan.15- same ol’ same ol'; drove to Lábrea; went to church in Lábrea; met the AMAZING church family there (they were so on fire!!!); stayed the night in Lábrea
Jan.16- us kids & Mom checked out the city, along with Auntie Aldine & Miss Colleen (the missionary lady that lives there with her husband), the men went to get the truck fixed and meet the Jocum (YWAM) guy; some wonderful people from church had us over for a delicious lunch; afternoon we hung out at the hotel; the men disappeared again hahaha;went to Mr. Pablo & Miss Colleen’s house for supper (the missionaries that live in Lábrea; they are also the head pastors of the church); slept in Lábrea
Jan.17-Luke, Dad & U. Scott went on a day trip out to visit some river communities; us ladies stayed back; went to Miss Colleen’s to help her unpack her things and help wash her dishes (they had just gotten back from furlough the week before we got there); that night they had a cell group multiplication at church & we got to see all the people we had met on Sunday that already felt like we knew them forever, for the last time (at least on this trip! ); slept in Lábrea
Jan.18- men went to the airport & church camp in the morning; packed for Humaitá; left after lunch for Humaitá; arrived in Humaitá around 4; Dad, U. Scott & Auntie Aldine went to visit some cell groups with a leader there in Humaitá, as there is no PAZ church there but there is a church that uses the MDA vision (the MDA vision: cell groups & discipleship) that wants to be a PAZ church (sorry that is probably very confusing!); slept in Humaitá;
Jan.19- spent the day hanging out in Humaitá; drove around checking out the city which turned in to ”house hunting” (hahaha, okkkkayyyy so WE’RE not planning on moving to Humaitá, but God may be so…..arms open, right? ); slept in Humaitá that night
Jan.20-got up early to head to Porto Velho (the capital city of Rondonia; this city would be our ‘go-to’ for big supplies & maybe things like orthodontists and doctors etc.); arrived in Porto Velho; met some other missionaries that are with Wycliffe, they live in Porto Velho and the husband is a pilot also; went to lunch and then hung out at the missionaries’ house for the afternoon (thank you P & L & boys for opening your home to us that afternoon, for having us for supper on Saturday night & for going to church & pizza afterwards! God really opened doors for us to meet y’all!); we stayed in some missionaries’ apartment that are also with Wycliffe that we met while in Campinas learning Portuguese (us kids stayed at their house when Mom & Dad went back for Grandma Jane’s funeral), they are in the US now and let us stay in their apartment! (thank you P & M! it was much better than a hotel! ); slept in Porto Velho
Jan.21-SLEPT IN!!!!!!!!! (some of us did at least! but still HALLELUJAH! hahaha); washed some clothes (again, SOME of us did 😉 ); went to the mall for lunch and had MCDONALD’S!!!! always yay for that right, missionaries? 😉 (at least ones that don’t live near a Mcdonald’s, which we don’t so ); went to P & L’s for supper; slept in Porto Velho
Jan.22-hung out in the morning; tried to wash more clothes; went out to lunch with U. Scott & Auntie Aldine (they were staying with some friends of theirs); went to church at 5 & to pizza afterwards; slept in Porto Velho
Jan.23- left early to start HOME!; drove all day; slept in Vilhena
Jan.24-we stayed in Vilhena as our car had some problems accelerating/turbo & U. Scott & Auntie Aldine’s AC was off/on; the men took them to the mechanics and the guy said he could fix it but it would take the whole day, so we stayed ; went to the park, bought some movies & things, and then went to a buffet-type place for lunch; hung out on electronics in the afternoon & then the ladies and the kids (men were at the mechanics) went to an adorable coffee shop that was connected to the hotel (it was so fun & the shop was aaaaaadorable!!! they had cakes & cupcakes and they were delish!!!!); slept in Vilhena
Jan.25-got up for second day driving home; slept in Sorriso; (this day we got lost a little so we lost almost an hour i think, so by the time we got to our hotel it was around 7 + it was raining pretty hard :/ yeah…..and we had to go to 2 hotels before we found one that wasn’t full!! talk about tiring and ready to just shower and be in our rooms & SLEEP! hahaha) oh, and we found DONUTS at a random gas station! *praise hands* Dad said, ”they’re not gonna taste like ‘real’ donuts” and they actually did! so booyah, Dad, & thank you Jesus!!
Jan.26-got up early; next to last day! almost home! ;drove all day; it rained more this day too, quite a lot; when we stopped for lunch Dad bought all 4 of us kids a little ice cream bowl (see pic below) that was only like $2.50 (american dollars) thanks Dad!
Jan.27-lastttttt dayyyyyy!!; drove all day; arrived in Santarém around 6; home by 6:21PM; showered in our showers and slept in our beds <3
thank you Jesus for a wonderful trip & for all Your protection!
ok, now for some pictures! (also, if you thought that up there was long, feel free to skip it (now that you’ve read it all hahaha) and just look at the pics! and if it felt like a lot, it was beginning to feel long and like a lot for us too!)
Map here of where we went and what roads we took etc,; the blue on top is where we came going to Lábrea, and then the blue on the bottom is on the way home!
ok so the pics are kinda in order but kinda not. sorry, i was going to try and put them in order (meaning the days they were taken) but gave up—too much work…..hahaha maybe someday when i’m better at this! 😉 and so so sorry that the pictures are so far apart too!! :/
a little ‘waterfall’
the beauty just outside our window for most of our driving days
one of the many, many, many wooden bridges we crossed
reading or playing his game on the kindle—his fav things to do on the trip :P
our clean car—the first day….. ;)
cozy toes on the dashboard….. :)
Dad & his daughters, just missing one (me! hahaha)
remember the clean car? this is what it looked like 2 days later….LOL
the donuts we found with filling too 😛 yummm
some of the crazy dust (spewed up by other vehicles) we drove thru!
our one (and only) family selfie from this trip :)
the fog was so pretty! glad i got at least one (good) picture of it :)
God being merciful sending us a beautiful sky heading in to Lábrea, as we were all so tired of driving, etc.
God doing it again, when we were tired of more driving, again :)
from when we were driving around in Humaitá…..after we stopped for ice cream
my $2.50 ice cream :)
that’s us :)
being crazy in the car waiting to go into the hotel in Humaitá :P
this little boy had a pack of mints and opened them all on his lap & popped them in one by one…so cute :D
me & Mari at the mall in Porto Velho….she always tries to hide from the camera :)
i just had to share this…. 😀 let me know if y’all are having difficulty reading
a town we went thru…..on the first day :)
so many pretty, peaceful lakes
and….one more sky because….God is awesome, right???!!!!
rain heading out of Humaitá, on the way to Lábrea I believe
SANTARÉM aka HOME hahaha
‘the view from our hotel in Lábrea
i am so in love with these tall, straight trees that they plant in straight rows…oh my goodness, i don’t know why but…..i’m hooked! LOL
ok, i’m going to stop here cause this is reeeaaalllly long, sorry! maybe you’ll still come back for next time tho, right?
Jaelah & Jesus