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Mariah’s first experience with kids her own age

Posted by on February 12, 2013 in kids with 6 Comments

Two Sundays ago we went to a new church. There was about 50 people there and at first I didn’t see many kids my own age. However after church there was a birthday party and lunch. Jaelah and I were quickly surrounded by kids who wanted to talk English to us. They invited me to spend the next weekend with them at the church. It is Carnival here, a huge celebration with many activities that are not good for kids. Therefore the church invites kids to spend 4 days at the church to worship, praise God and have fun. I went on Saturday for the whole day. It was really fun. I got there before most of the other kids did and I helped do a few things in the kitchen, plus learned a few words. Then we had lunch, which was arroz e feijão e salada (rice and beans and salad). Then most of the kids went to go on the streets to spread the gospel, but I didn’t get to go because dad and mom said I couldn’t go without them. There were some girls that helped teach me some Portuguese but then we got a phone and used Google Translate to talk back and forth. Then one of the girls brought out her Tablet and let me play some games (Tablets are slightly longer and skinnier than and Ipad). Then around 4 we had a dessert (I do not know how to spell it, it is a Brazilian dessert) and ice cream. It was very, very good!! We sat and ‘talked’ for a while and then went to worship and sing songs. My família  came around 7 because there was a barbeque afterwards.  We got home around midnight! We were all very tired the next day! Now I will put some pictures on from that day!

Above: This was the lunch we had, it was very good!


Above: Me and one of the friends I made named Thais.


Above: Thais and another friend named Alexandre.


Above: Worshiping/ singing.

Those are all the pictures I took. I made some other friends that aren’t in the pictures. Their names are: Isabella, Rafaella (the r is pronounced like a ‘h’), and Giovana. They are all very nice girls that always want to talk to me!




jana on February 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing all the pictures and comments! It looks really beautiful. I'm glad you kids are making some new friends, too. Love you, Grandma L

Shauna on February 20, 2013

Sounds like you're making friends there. Hope you're having a good time. I miss you. Shauna :)

Connie Frase on February 21, 2013

We are preparing for snow today - first really this winter - and you know how crazy everyone gets at Dave's Supermarket, buying milk and bread and whatever else we NEED in case we are snowed in a day or so. =;) I'm thinking of you and the sun you likely are enjoining right now. Glad to hear you are having fun and meeting a lot of new people. Have a great time and remember that we keep you all in our prayers every day.

Pastor Connie on February 21, 2013

Matt,thank you for sharing your adventures! I am always astounded at how completely God prepares us for the work He calls us to do. I thank Him that you and Janelle are seeing His activity in your lives; may that give you strength and encouragement when you feel low. And (from a mother's perspective) it makes all of us back here feel a little more secure knowing that He has his eye on you each step of the way in this adventure. Know that we lift you up in prayer each day, and we ask for blessings on your ministry. Pastor Connie

Susan on February 26, 2013

This blog is such a great idea. I miss you, Mariah!!:)I've heard about the time difference. That makes skyping you difficult I'm guessing. I will forever and always be praying for you.

Matt on February 28, 2013

Thanks for commenting Susan! I sent an email to your account. Mariah

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