Moving to a new country has many challenges. Especially, when you don't know the language. Just shopping for groceries becomes a whole new experience, never mind having a meaningful conversation with anyone.
You feel as though you've regressed to being a small child, you need someone to help you do most things, speak for you and take you where you need to go.
This process is both humbling and frustrating. I have developed a whole new appreciation for those thousands of immigrants new to Canada, struggling with all the same things.
About an hour before we had to take the only other english speaking people here at the mission to the airport for their three month furlough, something happened that would change our lives here in Brazil.
As you may remember a number of months ago I wrote about the very generous donation we received after speaking at our church. With it, along with others we were able to purchase a 2012, gently used VW Kombi here in Marabá from a friend of the church.
We've already used it for a number of things, including picking up some very excited kids on their way home from school, moving a stove for one of our neighbours from one house to another, carrying building materials and taking a tiny baby just a few days old for a hearing test.
This past Sunday we took two loads of youth to the streets to sell car flags and T-shirts as a fundraiser for the church. It was loud and fun and we're going to do it again next week!
This vehicle changes our lives, helps the mission and will allow us to begin to spread out and explore, help our neighbours and eventually move in to the community or to another base.
We are incredibly grateful!