Going to Brazil changed my life spiritually and mentally. This trip was my first trip out of the country and it was also my first time on an airplane. I went on this mission trip with my pastor and some girls from my youth group. Our mission in Brazil was to bring to light the amzing God that we serve, deliver clothes, teach Vacation Bible School, and to give first-aid and swimming lessons to the villages we visited.
Right when we got off the plane in Santarem we transported all of our stuff and crammed it in the back of a small Toyota. After loading our belongings we finally figured out a way to get everyone in two undersized vehicles. Looking out the diminutive window I immediately noticed that Brazil was totally different than the United States. Brazil looked dried out, lots of oranges and yellows shadowed over every building and store reflecting off the road giving everything a desiccated look. Everything looked worn out. With my eyes locked in a gaze the vehicle came to a halt and I suddenly smelled the ocean. A soft breeze flew through the crazks of the windows assuring that the ocean was right on the outside of the truck. Hurdling over the girls, I got out of the tightly packed Toyota and rummaged for mmy bags. With a tight grip on my luggage I dashed to the boat. I’ve never been on a boat before and this boat would have to be the biggest boat I had ever seen. It looked as if it was meant for traveling distances and going on mission trips, it was just as I had imagined it to look like. Once everyone was on the boat we took off down the Amazon. So many memories were made down that tributary, memories that would be impossible to forget. Every smell, scene, laugh, and smile was and still is stored in the back of my mind and written on my well tattered journal. We went to three small villages and given the opportunity of a lifetime to watch lives changed.
In conclusion, going on this trip really opened my eyes and changed my outlook on things. Going to Brazil showed me that I’m blessed to live in a country where I can drive down the road and pick up whatever I need at the store and turn right around and be home in about five minutes. At the villages we visited, the villagers had to get in a canoe and paddle to the nearest town and to get whatever they needed, this would take all day. We’re so blessed in this country, we’re blessed beyond measure and yet we still take things for granted. Going on this mission trip helped me to stop and praise God for giving me everything that He’s blessed me with. Brazil was beauitful and in such need of knowing a Savior. Praise God that we were able to witnesses and show them that there is a Savior waiting for them to accept and welcome Him into their lives and given them a riches that couldn’t be found on Earth.
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