I guess the big news is August 6th we received our visa notification so we really are going to Brazil (already there at the time this is posted, sorry!). I need to report on a few wonderful experiences before we leave this sacred place. August 5th we took Gastao to the airport to pick up his daughter and grandson. They were flying in from Cape Verde. We met three lovely sister missionaries that were returning home from their mission and were going to a hotel for the night and were flying home the next morning.
|The 3 sisters from Cape Verde|
(Dad) And there is even more from that story. One of the sisters that served in Cape Verde said that a companion of hers had her father living in Boston. His name was Daniel dePina, which is a common name, but mom and I kind of freaked because we had been trying to connect with a Daniel dePina for some time and couldn't catch him home. We had gotten his phone number once, but couldn't find it later on. The sister told us that his daughter went by Sister Pina because it was easier. So... the rest of the story... as we were packing up to leave, we found the number for "our" Daniel dePina, so I called him just to see if I could reach him for once. He answered the phone and I said hello and then asked him if he had a daughter serving a mission in Cape Verde and he said yes, but she is Sister Pina there!! He was the same person, and we had a great talk because I was able to tell him I met one of his daughter's companions and that she was a great missionary, etc. We hadn't been able to contact him all this time and he had never been to church, but he was excited to hear about the Portuguese group and committed to attend. Isn't the Lord wonderful?! It was a great experience for us - how all these things were so intertwined and all in alignment with God's plan for his children.
Love to all, the church is true
Mom and Dad