Day 17 in Brazil (this title is getting soooo boring!)

Well, we woke up. I opted out on breakfast. I just wasn’t hungry so I had a cup of coffee instead. I watched a few things on the internet, googled some information, got ready for the day. Makeup on the face just wasn’t an option. I didn’t feel like “dolling up”. So it was the “au naturelle” look on the face.

We went to visit Ps Aluizio at the Grapevine Church somewhere in the city.  It was kind of funny drive there because Ps Britos couldn’t find the correct street.  He would go down one street and then couldn’t turn because the road was a one way. This went on and on for a while. He asked the policeman when we stopped at the red light. He also asked the driver of another car on the right hand side of us. So helpful.  We finally arrived at the church.

This church is definitely more upmarket. They have their own radio station which broadcasts all over Brazil. Diogo said it’s the most listened to radio station. Interesting. The actual church building is being renovated but the offices are across the street in a very nice chique looking building.  We had to go up 2 flights of stairs, go down the hallway to the last door and there we were at Ps Aluizio’s office. It was a nice office.

He came in, we all shook hands, made introductions and then sat down. He speaks english! His english is actually very very good! Diogo eventually went to sit by Ps Brito to interpret for him. For the first portion of the talking between Ps Aluizio and Peter, Diogo and I chatted. Ps Brito looked through a National Geographic photographic book. the faces he was making was really funny. I’m convinced that he is the Brazilian Mr Bean.  He’s so funny to watch.

It was interesting to watch the dynamics between Ps Aluizio and Peter. They had a very deep conversation, shooting questions between each other, debating their point. I felt like I was watching a conversation between Peter and his mom. Really entertaining. They weren’t arguing or anything like that. They were calm, respectful, attentive, etc.  After a lengthy conversation, we decided to go eat lunch.

The resturant is apparently even pricier than the other restaurants where we ate. It was an a la carte menu. We were unsure what to eat but the pastor told us what was good. A member of his church owns the restaurant.  We both opted for pasta. Ahhh! Yum!  They brought out a bread basket and then plate divided into 4 compartments with a circle in the middle. The center had roasted garlic. The first compartment had a grilled cheese. The second had 2 thin slices of beef. The third had buffalo mozarella and the last one…I have no idea.  I tried all 5 items.

Our food came and it was delicious. I couldn’t finish mine so I brought it to the house. I’m so full so I doubt I’ll eat it later. Dessert was awesome! Peter had a papaya mousse with ice cream. I had chocolate gateau with ice cream and it had a thin wafer…. It was all so good!

Peter took a nap and I cat napped. Hopefully we will have energy for tonight’s session. They will lead and do the singing. I hope they are prepared!

I’ll blog about it when we get back.  Oh yea, Diogo didn’t get to eat with us. He left to go translate for Jeremy Camp! Jeremy Camp has a concert tonight in Goinania. So sad we couldn’t go but that’s okay.

Categories Brazil: 26 April - 16 May 2011

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