I woke up to a very unusual sound this morning: it was a rooster crowing loudly just over the other side of the wall! The sunshine was streaming in the windows, and I could hear that people were already up and about. I got a bit confused when I saw I was trapped in a big cocoon, but then I remembered I was inside my green mosquito net which I had tucked in last night to keep from getting bitten by Brazilian bugs!
After I got up and took a COLD shower which really helped me to feel awake, I was all ready for my breakfast cereal but when I got to the kitchen there was no cereal anywhere and no toast either. In front of me I saw some small bananas and another fruit that I didn’t recognize. It was green on the outside but when you open it up it is orange. Ruth told me it’s called papaya. With the papaya I also had bread and cake and coffee and eggs. At first I was a bit worried I wasn’t going to like it, but everyone else had the courage to try it and I learned that to be a missionary I would have to have courage to try new food. When I tasted the papaya it was juicy and very yummy.
After breakfast we had a time of devotion and we learned all about Denzel’s testimony and how he came to know Jesus. He is a very brave man and God has called him to help other men at Heartland to use their skills but most importantly to serve God with all their hearts.
After our devotion we went to work. We started to organize all the projects we will be doing this week to help CBC be a nice place for the children to play and learn. We are going to build a new gate, paint the big columns in the gymnasium, and lay some tiles. If we were in Heartland we would be able to use big machines and lots of equipment but this morning I learned that here in Brazil we don’t have the same tools to use. We had to think of different ways to help get things done. Sometimes it’s hard and it takes a bit longer, but we all helped each other to think up solutions to the problems we faced and in the end it all worked out. I know that it is important that we do our best while we are here with the things that we have.
Oh, did I tell you about my first Brazilian lunch? We had rice and beans and spaghetti and chicken. This is what the people in Brazil eat everyday. They really like beans and rice. (I’m learning to like it, too!)
Later in the day we went to the beach. The waves were big and strong and the water was warm. Then we went back to CBC and visited a church in the evening. Mr. Williams preached the sermon and we prayed for all the people in the church. There were about 300 people there and lots of children too. We had a good time.