My wife Veronica and I had a chance to spend almost a month in Brazil traveling and visiting friends. Here are just a few photos of some of my impressions from the trip. From the quaint cobblestone streets of Paraty to the beaches in Rio, we had a chance to reflect on life and appreciate some time together. During this time, we took four different planes and six different buses between Campinas, São Paulo, Paraty, Rio, and then back to Campinas again. Many thanks are due to my brother David and sister-in-law Anne, as they watched over our two teenage kids, and also our dog Mango while we were gone. A highlight of our trip was seeing Jivanildo Correia, a young man who was just a boy at the City of Youth (where we lived and worked as volunteers for Hope Unlimited for Children many years back). He is now married, and the father of a beautiful ten year old girl. He is in the process of building his own house, and is working two jobs in order to complete the project. It was great seeing him and his wife María. I have included a few photos from our visit, including a few of the house that he is building. It is wonderful to see how God has blessed Jivanildo and his family. I will post some photos later once he finishes building his house. Feel free to check the link to Hope Unlimited for Children if you are interested in helping other children who are at risk in Brazil.
Here are some photos of us with Jivanildo and his family:
Veronica (my wife), Jivanaldo and Jivanildo’s daughter Fernanda.
Ricardo Teixeira has worked at Hope Unlimited for Children for twenty years. He has helped with many of the older kids by counseling them and helping them find jobs. He has been an inspiration and encouragement to many young adults over the years. He, along with his wife Crislaine and son Heitor took us to see Jivanaldo. Ricardo is also helping Jivanildo with some of the necessary electrical supplies and installation to complete his house.
And a few more photos from Paraty and Rio de Janeiro:
And now just a few photos from Rio de Janeiro (volleyball on the beach):