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Children’s Camp: our first full day!

Arriving at Camp
We arrived safe and sound yesterday, but we were all pretty worn out. We met our friends at the airport outside of customs. Once we loaded “all” of our bags into the van we head to Mogi das Cruzes. It takes about an hour to get to camp ABECAR from the airport.

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Once at the camp we were reacquainted with old friends and greeted by new ones. We slowly carried our “21” bags. As were were getting everything settled Trent asked, “Have you seen my bag?” “No” I replied, “Maybe the girls grabbed it or it is in the “storage room.” Nope.

Each one of us had two carry-ons and two checked bags (I had three checked ones). When we were boarding in New York, however, the gate attendant said the flight was too full and would need to check our roller bags to our final destination. Begrudgingly, we surrendered our bags.

So where was Trent’s bag!? Fortunately, it was at the airport; we had miss counted. A quick trip for Trent and Leandro solved the problem. Trent now has shorts, which is nice because it’s a little over 90 degrees and rather muggy.

Day .5 of kids camp
After we got settled in a little, we ate some lunch. Most meals in Brasil include rice and beans. Along with the “usual” we had some sausage and beets. As always, we had juice with the meal.

It was swimming time for the kids after lunch. Apparently, the no swimming for one hour after eating rule doesn’t apply! Swim time is about 4-5 hours! These kids have the energy of a small army, each. We joined them for a while, then tried to rest a few minutes before afternoon snack and games. Supper was at 8:00pm and we had, you guessed it, rice and beans along with beef, cucumbers, tomatoes, and beets.

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After dinner, we went down to the chapel where the children had some worship and a short lesson. They were getting ready to play a game at 9:30, but most of us were having trouble staying awake so we respectfully declined and went to sleep. I was awakened around mid-night to excited screams of the kids who were still playing. Brasil, like most South American countries, is a “later culture.”

Day 1.5ish
Waking up from a decent nights sleep we gathered for breakfast around 8:30. No, we didn’t have rice and beans for breakfast. Rather, we had bread, which is pretty standard, sausage, which is basically hotdogs, café com leite (sweet coffee with milk) and cookies and brownies. Yeah, that’s right we eat cookies and brownies for breakfast! It’s good though, because that’s all Trent would eat!

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Once we fattened up with all that, we headed off into the jungle for a hike. Nightmares from last year deterred Cassie and Lauren. Trent and I, however, ventured in, not knowing if we would return! Actually, this time around was not quite as bad, partially because we could not find the trail. We would walk aways and then wait as the leaders hacked away with machete and a kitchen knife. Two and half hours in we decided to head back, where there was watermelon waiting for us.

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Once we made it back up the hill the camp sits on, we were ready for lunch. Trent was overjoyed when he found out we were eating chicken nuggets. I think he has two basic food groups: chicken nuggets and chicken fingers!

We are with the kids camp the rest of day (swimming, games, evening lesson, and night game) and part of the day tomorrow.

Please pray for us as we have continued, but short, opportunity with the kids. Pray also that we would be able to get the rest that we need and the ability to adjust to the schedule.

Tchau (Bye)