Hey Heartland Kids, Bon gee ah!

That means Good Morning in Portuguese! Sorry, Mrs. White,  I don’t know how to write it properly yet but that’s the way it sounds when the people here say it. I miss you all very much. I’ve been so busy learning about CBC that I’ve hardly thought about Heartland but today I woke up missing home. I wanted a warm shower and a Pop Tart for breakfast, and I really miss my mom and dad and my sister Mooshelly.

When I saw Marc, he was smiling and he said ‘Bon gee ah’ to me with a big smile on his face. I told him that I was sad and I missed home and he said, “Moose, the Joy of the Lord is your Strength!”  He also said that for missionaries like me it is always hard at first to be a long way from home and in a different culture. However, if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and the things he is calling us to do, he will give us joy in our hearts and that will make us strong, even when we are homesick.

In our devotion time I prayed really hard that God would give me lots of joy and that I would be smiley all day just like Marc. As soon as the children came running in to greet us I was already feeling better. They picked me up (again!) and gave me a big hug. I think they are really pleased I’m here, but I’m not sure why yet.

Today, Jaymes and I are going to go and take all your school supplies to the children. I am really nervous about speaking to them, but Ruth said that I just need to be myself and that she would translate everything for me. When we got into the class all the children stared at me (I think it’s because I am a different color than all of them) and when I started speaking they looked even more confused. Everything got better when Ruth started changing my words into Portuguese words and then we had a good time. The children talked with me and I asked them to draw some pictures for you.

Oh, yeah, the other thing we did today, apart from working in the gym (which by the way is a lot of sweaty work!), was have a special time meeting all the teachers at CBC. They are all Christians from the local area and they come here everyday on the bus to help Marc and Ruth. They are very friendly and they like to try speaking some words of English with us. We prayed for them and they were very thankful. I was very happy because I am good at praying.

Oh, by the way, here is another photo of me with some of the children here. I noticed that some of them look a little bit sad. Now that I know Ruth can help me with the language blockade (it’s called something like that when you need a translator), I think that tomorrow I will ask them why.