Bruno and Thais

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This couple wanted to spend a whole Saturday with our family.

 

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They took us to a different market than the one Renato took to to. We had pastels again.  It was drizzling that morning and it had rained the day before so it was chilly.

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This market was a lot smaller than the other one.

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They took us to the mall to get our souvenirs.  I call it the Twitter mall because of the bird that is on the sign as you enter.

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It looks like a mall in America.

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The Walmart in Campinas is part of the mall.  They have Brazilian products, not American.  The other amazing thing is, every check out line had someone working it!

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We had lunch there.  We ate Burger King.  It was the only time we ate something that was from America except for pizza.  I ordered for us at Burger King, it was challenging since I didn’t know Portuguese, but we got what  we ordered!

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Part of the mall was uncovered, so the vegetation had natural Sun.

Bruno grew up in the church, he met Thais at work and she was baptized later.  They both know English fairly well. Thais is taking English lessons with Robin.  They are coming to the states in Nov. And Dec. for 15 days.  Bruno had a brother that lives in Moore, OK.  They will spend some time with us when they come.  I can’t wait.

Agriculture in Brazil.

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About the only thing I know about this subject is that they raise a lot of sugar cane because they use it for ethanol fuel.

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Campinas is also in a great location to get fresh fruit and vegetables.

 

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They are also in a great location to get fresh beef and seafood.

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Traveling one day we went past several coffee bean plantations.  I didn’t get any pictures though.

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One day we drove by a test plot of field corn.  It was set up just like it is in the states.

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Part of this arrangement is made with what looks like an alfalfa plant.  Alfalfa is what farmers feed cows in the states.

 

 

Cambui

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Adriana took us on a walking tour the of her neighborhood.  She also teaches English.  She’s been teaching for over 20 years.  She has known Allen Dutton since she was about 13.

 

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She took us to an ice cream place also.

 

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There was more than 31 flavors to choose from.

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They had all kinds of toppings to add on also.

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This was a cool tree we saw on our walk.

 

 

 

Bosque

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Is the zoo in Campinas.  It’s not as big as OKC’s, but they had different animals than we have.

 

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Adriana took us to the zoo, which was free, and around her neighborhood of Cambui one day.

 

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There was hippos.

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Above Justin’s head is the world’s biggest rodent that lives in Brazil.

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Here’s another picture of the world’s biggest rodent.  The boys knew this because of watching Animal Planet.

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There were tigers.

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There were birds.  I also saw these birds flying around free.

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The zoo is 100 years old.

 

The Park

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One of our outings we had with Renato was to the park.  There was a lake inside the park.

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The trees in the park were huge.

 

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There were ducks, baby ducks and lots of wild cats.  The parks in Campinas have fences around them and close some time at night.

 

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After walking about half way around the park, we stopped and had ice cream at Sergel’s.

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They had this great board that had all the flavors they served.  It was really good.

Another field trip with Renato

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He took us to the cathedral.  Most Brazilian’s are Catholic.  The cathedral was being renovated on the outside.

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We still got to go inside.  The inside is made with wood instead of gold, because they ran out of gold.

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The woodwork was done by slaves.  There is hidden passages within this cathedral that the slaves tried to use to escape.

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This is one of the passages.

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The crypt was under these stairs in front of the front alter.

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This cathedral wasn’t as cold as some of them I’ve been in because of all the woodwork.

Every time we were with Renato, he was working on his English and asking us questions about the church.

Market

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One of the things we did in Brazil was go to the market.  Renato helped us get there on the bus and translate.  He teaches English.  He said he learned most of his English from listening to Kent Allen’s sermon tapes.

 

 

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The market was beautiful.

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So many colors, and the smell was wonderful by the flowers.

 

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The smell wasn’t so wonderful here.

 

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I have no idea what I took pictures of most of the time at the market.

 

 

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This was some type of Japanese vegetable.

 

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The meat cases were interesting.

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You can buy pigs feet.

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And pigs ears on the left.  Brazilian’s use the feet and ears in a traditional meal on Saturdays.

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This market has been open since 1908.

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You can also buy household items at this market.

So excited for her decision.

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Jemma was baptized last Sunday night.  She had been doing a lot of thinking about giving her life to Christ.

 

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After Jemma was baptized, someone made the comment that now we were done.  It caught me off guard because I don’t think we are done after we are baptized.  I think God wants us continually working on our relationship with Him and always working on bringing others to know Him.

 

 

Professional soccer game

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Bill and the boys went to a professional soccer game while in Brazil.  It was Allen and Tyler’s favorite team.

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The game ended in a tie.

 

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Pick up games.

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While we were in Brazil, Justin played soccer two different times.  He’s in the maroon shirt.

 

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He played with some young people that were staying at Lar Belem.  These young people were from all over the world.  They could all speak English.  They were working with inner city kids in Campinas.  They were their for the same two weeks we were.

 

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He also played with a pick up game with Tyler.  Tyler is in the yellow shirt to Justin’s right.

 

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