Super Bowl and Portuguese Progress

In past years I would go to the city which hosted the Super Bowl and do some street preaching to share the gospel with all of the people who were there for this cultural event in the United States.  This year was different because I am living in Brazil and did not go to the host city.


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Super Bowl Party 


I had 9 friends come over to my house for a Super Bowl party this year.  This year the kickoff was at 9:30 pm my time which was different than on the west coast when the game typically beings in the afternoon.  I wanted to make this party as typically American as I could so that my friends could experience some American culture.  I made some really typical American Super Bowl food (Hamburgers, different chips and different dips).

It was great fun to have friends come over and enjoy the game this year.  It was great to cheer for the Eagles to win their first Super Bowl this year.

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Enjoying Food and Cheering for the Eagles


One major change for me this year was that I watched the Super Bowl in Portuguese.  I could not imaging that in the span of a year I would feel comfortable enough to watch an entire football game in Portuguese.  I have to admit that I did not understand everything but I was pleased with the progress that I have made at over the past year.


Purchasing a Car

Buying a car in Brazil is a great exercise in patience and bureaucracy.  The first issue with purchasing a car is finding one that I fit in.  Car’s here are very small in comparison to car’s in the United States.  I tried to sit in many different cars to see about the fit and that narrowed the possibilities to only a few cars like the Chevy S-10, Toyota Corolla, and the  Volkswagen Jetta.  I also narrowed the cars down by what my mechanic said is easy to fix and also the size of the engine (In Brazil they value economy over power, while in the US they want power and economy, so a large engine here is a 2.0 liter as opposed to the US where a normal car could have a standard 3.6 liter engine.)



Exchanging Key’s



After looking at many car prices and uses I finally determined that the best car for me to purchase would be the Jetta after weighing the price, fit, functionality, and economy of the car.  I finally found the correct Jetta for the price and began the process of purchasing the car.  The process includes exchanging money and getting all of the documents in order to exchange cars.


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2015 Volkswagen Jetta


I finally got everything together thanks to the help of many different Brazilian friends who helped with the translation of documents, conversations beyond my Portuguese abilities, and other difficulties.  It was also encouraging to be able to talk with the salesman during this process.


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Adam the car salesman


The final day I was supposed to purchase the car I ran into more difficulties than I expected.  The first came with registering the car because the Brazilian department of transportation (DTRAN) did not accept the documents provided by the Federal Police saying that I am legally allowed to live in Brazil.  This turned out to be fairly easy as I was able to go to the local DTRAN office, explain the situation in Portuguese, and get the registration resolved.  The second situation that came up was the lack of a clean title.  To clean up the title I had to go and pay a ticket, which I am currently disputing.  To pay the ticket I had to go to a bank but the bank closed about 1 minute before I could enter to pay the ticket.  I went back to the car lot and explained that I would need to come back another day but they figured out how to pay the ticket online for me.  Well after resolving the second issue of the day I was finally able to pick up my new car and take it home.

Youth Retreat

The past weekend I was able to attend a youth retreat with my church.  It seems like it is normal for each youth retreat to happen at a beach.  It was great to have a car full of people driving to the retreat at the beach at Imbe, Rio Grande do Sul.


Driving to the Retreat

The housing at the youth retreat was very cool and many people slept in tents outside the main rental house.

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Hanging out with People

Youth retreats can be very tiring and many people including me took a naps whenever we were able to.

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Youth Retreats can be tiring

I was thankful for all of the conversations in English and Portuguese which I was able to have with the people on the retreat.  I think that the picture below really shows how much fun we had.

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Fun Times

We had a party the last night at the beach and I think that many people had lots of fun.

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Party Night

The drive home from the retreat was great and we had some great conversations and even had one fall sleep during the trip.

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Driving Home from the Retreat


Dealing with Grief: Missing My Grandmother

I received news last Friday that my last living grandmother passed away that morning.  It has been difficult to walk through this loss and I find myself thinking about her during different times throughout each day sense I heard.  Each time I think of her I have a multitude of emotions that accompany each thought.



Grandma Feeling Better


I do know that I will be dealing with this loss for a while and I am thankful for the memories of her that I have of all the times we spent together.  I was truly blessed to know my grandmother and thankful to have wonderful memories to dwell on for the rest of my life.


Year in Review: Missionary Family

When I left the US to become a missionary I knew that I was leaving my family behind and hoped that I would get a new family with the other missionaries on the field.  I am thankful for the missions team because I am able to spend time with them during the different holidays that come up throughout the year.

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Holiday Celebrations

I got to meet all of the missionaries who were on the field in Brazil at the all Brazil conference this year.  It was great to be able to meet and talk with all of the other missionaries from all over the country.

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All Brazilian Missionaries

One of the things that I enjoyed this year was being able to pray with the missionary team in Rio Grande do Sul.  We get together quarterly to give updates on the different ministries, have fellowship and pray for one another.

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Team Meetings


Year in Review: Great Opportunities

When I thought of the experiences that I would have in Brasil this year I never thought that I would experience all of the great opportunities that I have had.  One of the great opportunities was to get to know all of the possible future ministry partners that I have met with over the years.

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Talking with Possible Ministry Partners

I have been able to preach in Portuguese once this year.  It was more difficult than I ever thought it would be but I am so thankful for being able to do it and I am looking forward to preaching in Portuguese again.

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Preaching in Portuguese

Being able to baptize two people during this year was awesome.

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Baptizing People

I was very thankful for the opportunity to join the church in Ivoti earlier this year.


Becoming a Member of at the church in Ivoti

Getting to see Carlos get baptized was amazing.  I can remember praying for him ever sense I first met him towards the end of 2015.

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Being Part of Other Baptisms


Year in Review: Fellowship Required

Throughout the year I tried to have people over to get to know them.  I am so thankful for the people who came over early because it was very difficult for me to communicate with them.  I would spend 2-3 hours preparing to try and say 2-3 phrases when I first had people come over.

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Dinner with Friends

One of the basic things that is required is having meat at meals.  I really enjoyed the Rio Grande do Sul culture of BBQed meat.  This was a staple of every meal that I served.


Dinner always includes meat

While the beginning of fellowship time at my place was difficult as the year progressed so did my Portuguese abilities.  Towards the end of the year I was able to enjoy many more and longer conversations during the fellowship times.

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Great Opportunities for Conversations

At times I would have multiple families over at the same time.  I am so thankful for everyone who was able to come over and have fellowship during the year.  Next year I hope to have many more people come over for more fellowship.

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Sometimes Groups Came

Visiting Gramado for Christmas

I visited Gramado with some other missionaries last week.  It was great to get into the Christmas spirit by visiting the well decorated vacation destination.

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Picture with a Nutcracker


One of the cool things to see was the Christmas light show that was put on.  I enjoyed seeing the face of the missionary kids who were with us when they saw the different parts of the show.



Light Show in Gramado


The light show ended with them lighting up the street and making “snow” fall from some machines.  The “snow” was actually soapy bubbles and it was great to the awe on the faces of the kids as they saw it falling.


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“Snow” in Gramado


Cultural Learning: Traffic Tickets

I have received my first two traffic tickets in Brazil this year.  After driving for 20+ years in the United States and receiving only one ticket I have gotten two in the last year.  The first ticket that I got was well deserved as I was speeding on a surface street.



Mailed all the documents to challenge the ticket.


Tickets are a little different here because you just get them in the mail and have to pay them.  I received the ticket and then was told that I just had to wait until I received the actual bill to pay the fine.  Soon after I received the actual bill to pay I received a second ticket for driving without a license.  It turns out that as a non-national living in Brazil you automatically get a second ticket if you do not fill out the first.  It is a very difficult process for challenging tickets in Brazil also.  Thankfully I have a friend who is helping me with proving that I actually have a valid drivers license.

Visiting Igreja Batista Pioneira

When I returned from the youth retreat last week I immediately left to go and visit Igrejas Batista Pioneira in Santa Cruz and Vera Cruz.  I was very encouraged to be able to meet with these like minded men.

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Cal, Jair, Marco, and Me at the Church in Vera Cruz

One of the great things that happened during this visit was being able to hear the philosophy of ministry for these churches.  I was impressed by their articulation of the philosophy of ministry and it excites me to see these men desiring to radically pursue Christ and see the church body also do likewise.

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Listening to a presentation on the Philosophy of Ministry

With any good church there is a group of men who lead the church.  It was great to hear the excitement of the men on the leadership team at the church in Santa Cruz.  I am thankful for the opportunity to spend the day with such great guys and to have so many good encouraging conversations about ministry and the churches.

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Enjoying a meeting with leaders at the Church in Santa Cruz