The ministry of the Women of Grace USA team in Brazil continues after their unfortunate incident earlier this week. Here are some excerpts. You can read their ongoing posts at http://www.wgusa.org/ministries/ministry-teams/
We all are doing OK after our “adventure” yesterday. Tonight after supper we had a team meeting and everyone told what their personal experience was in the whole situation, what feelings they had at the time, and how they are doing now. It was a good time because we got some things clarified that some had wrong info about.
Today we had a wonderful time with Bill and Imogene Burk. We took an hour’s city bus ride from the Pattons’ house to the dock, and then a wonderful boat ride on the Amazon to the dock at the Burks’ town. Bill had reserved three taxis to take us to their home, but when we got off the boat, we were told there was a “greve” (GRE vee) happening ~ some people were protesting all the potholes in the road, so they spread palm fronds, sticks, and leaves across the road and made a huge blockade so no vehicles could get through. So we walked from the dock about 1/2 mile to the greve, walked around one end of it through some jungle brush and muck, and our taxis were waiting on the other side. Another Brazilian adventure!
Today was a real retreat for us. The Burks’ home is delightful–lovely yard and flower gardens, a wonderful veranda that catches the breeze, and she had her table set with china and silver. Delicious chicken, mashed potatoes, cooked carrots, a veggie salad plate, and the Brazilian staple ~ beans with squash ~ were a real treat for us. We tasted a native fruit juice and also some cashew juice.
We thoroughly enjoyed talking with them and finding out about their ministries. They are an amazing couple–in their early 80s and still going strong in the Lord’s work.