This past Saturday we had a church work day at the church building in Ivoti. It was amazingly similar to church work days in the USA. It was well organized and I really liked how we all worked very hard to clean and do other projects to keep up the building and the surrounding property.
I got a chance to work with some of the guys on cleaning the steel fence along the outside of the church. I am continually amazed at the fences that seem to be around most buildings and houses in south Brasil.
After working the morning at the church I had to take an hour break before I went to the class at The Hangout later that day. The class was actually two classes, one on how to study the bible using the inductive method and how to prepare a message. These classes reminded me a little of Adult Sunday School at my sending church, Placerita Bible Church.
It was great to be able to participate in the classes and to also to be able to understand the majority of the class. I have observed that many of the theological terms used are the English term with a Portuguese ending.
After an entire day of listening to and speaking Portuguese I was tired but we, including the youth I drove to the class, continued at the Hangout ordering Xis for dinner and playing games until a little before 10 pm. I was so tired at the end of the day but it was encouraging to have spent 9-10 hours interacting in Portuguese.