Two years ago I had the opportunity to go to Brazil on a missions trip with 15 other teenagers. It was the most incredible experience of my life. Have you ever flown over a sunset or the Amazon? Simply the two most beautiful things I have ever seen. This was just the beginning of what we were about to see.
Once in Brazil we were welcomed by a beautiful family who had so much love for us even though we were complete strangers. The people of Brazil are so caring, loving and unexplainably joyful. We fell in love with people, they are nothing like Americans. To them it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you look like, or what language you speak. They treat you like you’re one of them. Brothers and sisters at heart.
The landscape of where we stayed, Natal, Brazil, was absolutely breath taking. The beaches are gorgeous, with the perfect clear aqua colored water and volcanic rock scattered over the shore. It ‘s definitely inspirational. In parts there’s also sand dunes along coast that we rode dune buggies all over.
While we were there we painted an orphanage and hosted a VBS. These orphans were so sweet and plain adorable. It was heartbreaking to see the nutritional deficiencies and poverty. Twelve year olds were the size of a healthy six year old, their hair colors changed colors due to lack of vitamins, their living corridors were disgusting, maggots in their rice, the list could go on and on. Even though they had nearly nothing, they were so much happier than we are having nearly everything. I learned a lot from these orphans.
We also did street evangelism one night. In the town square we sang songs and had a dance team dancing. We attracted quite a crowd, we passed out tracks and talked about the love of Jesus. Out of the so many hundreds of tracks we passed out only one person refused to take it. That was the really cool thing, here in America not very many people probably would give us a chance to tell them what there was to offer. The best thing was language wasn’t a barrier at all.
Leaving was probably the hardest thing. I would love to live there some day. If you ever get a chance, Brazil is completely worth it. Between the culture and scenary you won’t be disappointed.
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