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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Add on.

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At Campo Grande church of Christ, they are having growing pains also.

 

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They are building 4 classrooms on to of their building.  It was financed by the members.  The building was also purchased and built by the members along with help from Guanabara cofc, the church that planted Campo Grande.
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This is the inside of Campo Grande.   While we were still in Brazil, they got the beams up on the roof.

 

When this building was being built, this part of the city required that they build a garage under the main building.  They hadn’t planned on that, so they are using it for classrooms.  After the other classrooms are built, they will use that space for a big fellowship room.

Public transportation

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We rode the bus some while we were in Brazil.  We were never by ourselves.

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The first Sunday web were in Brazil, our kids went with the youth group out to eat and then to the new Transformers movie.  After that they rode the bus to Campo Grande to church.  Jemma loved the ride but, they boys hated it.  Someone gave their seat up four Jemma and the boys had to stand for a 20-30 min. bus ride.  They also stood really close to others so they complained about the lack of personal space.

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This is Murilo,  he was a street kid until he found Christ.  He made sure our kids made it to Campo Grande to church after the youth activity.

 

 

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Jemma always took a selfie when a she rode the bus.

By the  last day we were there, I figured out the stops so we could have gotten to church by ourselves if we needed to.

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One day we took a taxi twice.  It was comparable in price to 5 bus tickets.  It was just that the bus didn’t go where we needed to go.

 

Living my dream.

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Today I start the job I’ve wanted since I was a freshman in high school.  I’m teaching home ec.  Of course now it’s called Family and Consumer Science.  I’m teaching Foods 1 this semester and Foods 2 next semester.  I’m so excited.