Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rocks, Strikes and Brazil

It was 5:45 P.M., and Mom and I were on a bus in São Paulo on our way to the airport. At 10:00 we would be boarding a plane to Washington Dulles airport, and be on our way home! I was looking forward to seeing my home again, though I was sad to leave Brasil.

I read a book; but soon it got too dark and I listened to music. The night was dark, though on a 6 lane highway there are plenty of car lights. My thoughts wandered, and I thought about the recent bus strikes.

When the standard bus fare was raised 20 cents (about 9 US cents), people all over São Paulo protested in the streets, and there were even a few riots. I didn't know much about it then, but now I know that President Dilma had to call an emergency meeting about the strikes to solve the situation.

I yawned, thanked God that I wouldn't need to worry about strikes since I was going back home, and nodded off to sleep.

'CRACK!' I sat up quickly, looking around. It sounded like a gunshot! Exclamations filled the bus, and people sat up, startled. I looked to my right, and a few seats ahead on the other side of the bus, a whole window was cracked!

"What's going on??"  "Is everyone okay?" A little girl who had been sitting right next to the broken window started crying, and people helped the girl and her mother out of their seats and into other ones. The seats were covered in broken glass, although the whole window had not collapsed.

Some speculated that it had been a piece of metal, others said it was a gunshot. But most thought  it to be a rock. A little more investigation, and a man nearby found a hole in the upper part of the window, and soon the mother of the little girl found the rock in the aisle.

The lady sitting in front of us had turned around and was commenting with us the whole time about how terrible the economy was, and about the bus strikes. She told us news story after news story about buses and guns and murders. I didn't feel so safe anymore!

Then I started thinking. What if we had gotten seats on the other side of the bus? What if the person had thrown the rock a split second later, and it had shattered our window? Or what if the rock hadn't just fallen in the aisle, but hit the girl or her mother, or in the above possibilities, us? I was immediately overwhelmed with thankfulness and joy. Thank God that it happened the way it did! No one was hurt; not even with a scratch. I believe God protected us in the bus that night.

Jesus is coming soon! Please join me praying for not only Brazilians, but the many other countries, including ours, who need Jesus.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Micos! And other boring Brazilian stuff

Scroll down, and you will see the journey of a little friend of mine this morning. He had already come in once, so I was prepared when he returned.

Uh oh, a she-human! They're the worst-or so
 I've heard.

Those ashes tasted gross. Now what was my
escape plan again?

Oh no, she's coming after me with a weird black
thing in her hand. I'd better skedaddle.


Aha! She'll never get me up here.

(Second thoughts) I think I'll retreat to the 
safer banana trees...

Maybe she'll go away and I can try again.

The official name of these adorable banana stealers is "Black-tufted marmoset".  Or, if you prefer the Latin version, "Callithrix penicillata". However, we prefer to call them "micos", or small monkeys. They look kind of ugly in the wikipedia entry, but don't trust them. :)

Here are some more pics you might enjoy:

Easiest climbing tree on the sitio!

Yes, there is a toucan there! Sorry I couldn't get a 
good pic. Maybe later I'll get a better one.

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Well, here I am! I thought it would take forever. All of second semester all I could think about was coming here, and the last 2 weeks were terrible! You can just ask my friends-they probably got sick of me, 'cause it's all I would talk about! And I'm here, finally.

This trip so far has been a huge blessing, as well as a great vacation. I have been here for 1 week and 4 days. We've done so many things and had so much fun so far that I don't think I can capture it for you, but I will try. And so here are pictures:

Vovo's(Grandma) roscas (type of pastry)

Acai...soooo goood.....

Vovo's rolls


Birthday cake! 
Decorated with peanut rocks.In other words, jawbreakers. 
I'm surprised that I didn't break my teeth on one of those! :)

These pictures are of a Brazilian National Park called Serra da Canastra
 (not sure exactly what that means...):

Fog coming up the mountain...

Same picture 15 seconds later.

Mom and Dad taking pictures in the fog. (??) 
Fog receding...


Notice that the small pool of water at the bottom
is shaped like Brasil.

Vale do Ceu

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Glimpses of Jesus

Lately I rediscovered the book Glimpses of Jesus. I have never failed to gain a blessing from it! So I'm going to post my favorite quotes from it during the next few weeks. Here are a few:

"That the Son of God should come to this earth filled Satan with amazement and with apprehension. He could not fathom the mystery of this great sacrifice. His selfish soul could not understand such love for the deceived race." Desire of Ages, p. 115

"The history of the human race comes up before the world's Redeemer. He sees that the transgressors of the Law, if left to themselves, must perish. He sees the helplessness of man. He sees the power of sin. the woes and lamentations of a doomed world rise before Him. He beholds its impending fate, and His decision is made. He will save man at any cost to Himself." Desire of Ages, pp.692-693

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:14-15

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Seven Wonders of the World

A group of students was asked to list what they thought were the present Seven Wonders of the World. Though there was some disagreement, the following got the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn't turned in her paper yet, so she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many." The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help." The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:
4. TO HEAR."

She hesitated a little, and then added,


The room was so full of silence you could have heard a pin drop. 

Those things we overlook as simple and ordinary are truly wondrous. This is a gentle reminder that the most precious things in life cannot be bought...but are gifts from above. (James 1:17)