When I thought of being a missionary I had many preconceived notions of what it would be like and how I might be different than the norm. I knew that my day would never mirror the day that I describe below but it didn’t keep me from dreaming that this day might actually happen.
The ideal day would begin with getting up and having a wonderful 1 hour devotional time studying the scriptures and praying. Following the studying of the scriptures and prayer I would go and get about an hour of exercise during which I would be able to continue to pray.
After this I would prepare to go to Portuguese class. While in class I would instantaneously understand all of the material for the day and be able to clearly articulate these things to my teacher. Following class I would go to the local supermarket and pick up the exact food that I am wanting to eat for the day. I would run into a neighbor who want to talk. We would have a great conversation about life that would end with me inviting them to come to church and them saying that they would come next Sunday.
On my way home I ran into the lady who cleans the common space in the apartment building. We have a great conversation that began with the current weather and ended with a great conversation about how she is Roman Catholic and how that is different than being Christian.
Following this conversation I was able to study and understand all that I was trying to learn in my Portuguese class. After about 5 hours of quality study time I feel very accomplished and ready for my guests to arrive.
That evening I have a family from the local church come over to my house for dinner. We have a great time over food and I am able to clearly communicate with them in Portuguese. We play games until midnight and then I get some quality sleep until I wake up the next morning. Thus ends my ideal day.