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 🙂
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).
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!)
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! 🙂