Update from Brejo
This is Mary Claire and Bekah, here for an update on our last week, spent in the interior.
We spent last weekend in Caruaru, a major city in the interior. Our time there was spent with a sweet family who also hosts a house church. Our weekend was filled with lots of extended family in small spaces, DELICIOUS food, and the the children of the community. We played a very muddy game of Brazilian dodgeball–the rain cannot stop our fun! We also got to participate in their Sunday evening service with a bilingual rendition of Hosanna.
After a weekend of community involvment in Caruaru, we traveled to a Assentimento in Brejo. This is a quick update of our time here, but we will give a more detailed update later of our time in the Assentimento! The thirty-five families who live here obtained this land from the government, after camping outside of it for two years (to motivate the government). The six of us are staying at five different houses, and our homestay families have warmly welcomed us in. Most of them are related, so it feels like we have been adopted into one big extended family! The assentimento has been without electricity for seven years, until just last week! Right now, running water is slowly being installed in the homes. The pace of our days has been fairly slow, in a nice way. Our time has been spent entering in to the everyday normalcy of this community, rather than focusing on big projects. We are learning so much about what it means to love freely and fully. We experience this everyday from our host families as they serve us without reservation, despite our short relationship and limited communication.
We have about seven days left here, before returning to Recife. We look forward to more time deepening our relationships with the people of Assentimento Baraunas. More updates in a week! Thanks for your continued prayer and support!