...will definitely draw some looks if you ask for
it with your tapioca pancake!
We arrived in Brasil safe and sound on July 13th, 2002.
We've made it through a few rough times of culture shock and appear to be on the
brighter side now. Keep praying for that though, because I hear there are different stages
of culture shock at three months, six months, etc...
The last week in September was our eighth
week of Portuguese language study, and as our co-worker so aptly put it after listening to
our three and four year olds converse in English: "We're
somewhere about six months to a year behind them in Portuguese." We are
feeling settled into our apartment now, and had a break from our classes in September. We
took the opportunity to get out of the city and be refreshed in the country side of
Brasil. It was indeed very good to get away from São Paulo. It was a much needed break
from the racket, and hopefully we are able to head into this next semester much more
We were able to renew our visas for another three months. Thank you for
praying. This is a major blessing.
We have learned the hard way that not all
words are created equal. For example did you know that baba and babá are two very
different words. The only difference when spoken is in which syllable has the emphasis.
They mean "drool" and "babysitter/nanny". - Be careful when you ask
your neighbor if he/she has (a) baba(á)!! Also, coco and cocó have very different
meanings! coco is coconut and tastes very good on a tapioca pancake with condensed milk
dribbled on it. On the other hand, cocó is the word for what we leave behind in an
outhouse, and will definitely draw some looks if you ask for
it with your tapioca pancake! Please pray that we will be
able to keep our sense of humor and also a keen desire to keep learning and talking with
people in spite of our 3 year old vocabulary, and misuses of words.
We really appreciate your love, letters, prayers, financial support, phone calls, and know
that we couldn't be here without you! Although our average support for the past year is up
to around 67%, giving over the last couple of months has petered off a bit. Please pray
for more people to join us as regular monthly supporters. Thank you all so much.
The cost for
attending the Fasting and Prayer conference includes meals.
and I are now both studying Portuguese in Brazil. This is in preparation for
going to Mozambique where Portuguese is the "trade language."
We are home
schooling the children while in Brazil. This has been a huge step for us.
The options were to have the kids commute to a school 1-2 hours away from where we
would be, send them to a boarding school, send them to a Brazilian school, or home school
them. We chose to home school. So
far, we have still been able to spend the needed time in our studies, get exposure to
Portuguese, and home school our children all at the same time.
We praise God for:
|Wonderful and encouraging friends|
|Health of our family|
|God's provision with support partners|
Please pray for:
|A continued increase in finances as our expenses
|Safety in our daily commutes|
|Minds and ears that can learn the intricacies of the
|Wisdom and patience as we home school our children|
|Wisdom as we make decisions|
|Health for our family during this time|
Comments or Suggestions?
(Encouragement & Correspondence)
|Jason and Laurel Crockett
Rua Pamplona 373
(Financial Donations & Information)
|New Tribes Mission
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