Monday, December 24, 2012

Paulino's Testimony

The Story: Paulino and I (Brian) met pretty early on when we arrived in Brazil. He had contact with the staff before we arrived and contact with the Cross Cultural Project that we host every summer. He was not a Christian when we met, but was interested in studying the Bible, particularly the life of Christ. Through the study of the Word, experiencing the Christian community of the campus ministry and the church and living with a believer Paulino's life was changed. God used all these things at different times in his life to remove the scales from his eyes and allow him to see his need for Christ and to accept Christ as his savior.

Trouble: If you are having trouble understanding him, listen to it twice. He says the word "culture" towards the end that will be hard to decipher with an untrained ear. We also have the Portuguese version available as well.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

What Happens in Bahia, Stays in Bahia.

Last week we traveled to Vitoria da Conquista, Bahia. Bahia is the state directly north of us and Vitoria da Conquista is one of the larger cities in the state. We traveled there to visit with Caio (baiano) and his family. We stayed in Conquista for two days and then traveled to a beach town called Porto Seguro with his family, it was a really good time for us, strengthened our relationship with Caio and his family. It was also very refreshing to have people care for us.

Caio's family is different than the majority of students we come in contact here. His parents are Christians, married, living together and seem like they really respect each other and are friends, which is uncommon here. Caio has one brother, Victor, who is currently in the USA as an exchange student in Washington state, and a sister Gabriella. We really enjoyed our time with this family.

Below are a few photos of our travels.

On the airplane, just in case we go down in the jungle.

Caio's father has three farms, we visited one of them that has cattle and mandioca.

Mandioca. Its like a potato. Grows underground and you can prepare it many different ways.

Downtown Porto Seguro at night.

Porto Seguro by day.

Us with Caio and his sister Gabi.

Brazil flag on left, Bahia state flag on right.

Thanks for reading.