I can't tell you what a blessing it has been to have James and Christen back. We've had many, many conversations, often late into the night, and that's just in the first week. It is so encouraging to have family who are our close partners in ministry, who love Jesus, who share our love for the people we work with, and value the things we value.
The day they arrived, David, Gabriel and I headed to the airport to pick them up. We were right on schedule and had planned to stop at a church member's house to pick up his car since not everyone would fit in ours. It was raining, and about 10 minutes into our drive, our car broke down. Thankfully, this ...
... is the place we broke down in front of. Rough translation: "Did your car break down? Badu fixed it." However, the sign does not include the disclaimer that if it's between noon and two, Badu will not be available to fix your car. So David called a friend to come pick him up and Gabriel and I got a city bus back home to wait.
Gabe enjoying the bus ride
6 people and 2 suitcases and several carry-ons fit into this car
Both David and Neguinho missed James' company :)
Big cousin Hannah has lots of fun stuff for Juju to play with
Brazilian pizza for their first night back
The next evening, our church group surprised James and Christen by all showing up at our house, serenading them with a couple of songs and bringing lots of food for us all to eat. It was their idea and I thought that it was a really special way to make James and Christen feel welcome.
(you'll never guess what that cake is made out of -- layers of sandwich bread with beets, carrots, ham and chicken salad, all covered with mayonnaise "icing" and decorated with peas and tomatoes -- it was delicious)
It was great to have a good group of people out for our Sunday services the next day. Please continue praying for us and our work here in Brazil.