Moose’s Diary: Day 5 (Thursday)

Oct 18, 2011   //   by hlandmissions   //   Blog, Brazil  //  No Comments

Hi, Kids!

Today I’ve got to tell you about the slums.

Jaymes took me to the highest point in CBC so we could get a good look at the houses around us. They are different from our houses because ours are all spaced out and here in Brazil they are all squashed together. The houses are built with small orange bricks and the walls don’t look very straight. Inside the houses there are only one or two rooms and instead of having a bed the children sleep in a hammock. There are no windows; instead, they have shutters that open and close. It must be very dark inside those houses with no windows.

The streets are very narrow. Some of them are so narrow that you cannot drive down them and you have to walk instead. The roads are also bumpy and they have really smelly water running across them.  There are also lots of people who shout and play loud music.

Kids, when I saw all this it made me cry. It’s not fair that my new friends here in Brazil don’t have nice houses to live in. I wouldn’t like to live here, it would be so hard to play or find somewhere that was quiet like my own bedroom to do my homework.

I wanted to tell the children about how nice our houses are and how much space we have but it didn’t seem to be the right thing to do. In fact, I felt kind of bad that we have so much.

Tonight I asked God what he thinks about how we live in America and how the kids live here in Brazil. I just want to know what He thinks about it all. I bet it makes Him sad, too.

Moose’s Diary: Day 4 (Wednesday)

Oct 18, 2011   //   by hlandmissions   //   Blog, Brazil  //  No Comments

Hey, Heartland Kids!

Today was our fourth day in Brazil, I’m a bit tired because we’ve been working really hard, but I’m not as homesick as I was yesterday.

We are really busy working on the gym. Denzel is teaching Mr. Barton to weld. He has a special machine and a special mask that he puts on his head to protect his eyes.

I have responsibility for getting the toys out at recess to play with the children. They love jump rope and soccer soooooooo much.

I’m making some good friends. Some of the children have names like ours (they are the easiest to remember): there is a boy called Alan and a girl called Jennifer. Other names are harder and I have to write them down: Leticia is another girl and Renato is a boy.

The children here are just like us but their lives are very different because their schools only last for half a day and then they have to go home. Sometimes they don’t even have school because the teachers aren’t there and the classrooms are locked. That doesn’t seem right to me because all kids need to learn every day so that when we grow up we can get jobs.

In Brazil there are lots of people but things don’t work as smoothly as in America because people don’t know as much as we do. Maybe it’s because they don’t have enough school. CBC is really important for them because without it these students wouldn’t have anywhere to properly learn.

Anyway, I hope that here my new friends can learn everything they need to so that one day they can do the jobs they want to do. Alan wants to be a policeman, and Leticia says she wants to be a teacher.

Tonight we went out to a Brazilian restaurant for some special food called Tapioca. It’s not like our tapioca pudding, It’s like a white powder that sticks together to make a thin pancake. Then you fill it with beef or chicken and roll it up. It tastes kind of chewy but you get used to it and the fillings are good. My best one was when it was filled with chocolate and banana. All I can say about that is yum yum!

I wonder if the children here at CBC get to go out for tapioca very often?

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