We had to begin saying some goodbyes today.
One new friend, Andressa, commented to a few of us with sadness that some missionaries come and only get to stay a week… or a month… These people have so opened their hearts to us, and despite preparing for future community via Facebook, email, Twitter, or otherwise, this is a city, a church, and a community that will be hard to leave behind.
But indeed, we do leave São Paulo tomorrow. Our schedule on Friday is far more relaxed – basically, checkout at noon is our first actual requirement. Some will probably head to the mall near our hotel and shop for last-minute gifts (where if they have an experience like one of our team members, attractive Brazilian girls will give quite the hard-sell for Brazilian shirts for you, your parents, your kids, your niece…)
At noon tomorrow, we will actually get to eat at the churrascurria at which we’ve been meeting all week. We’re really excited about this meal – particularly we who are “in the know,” since we’ve paid big bucks at a Brazilian steakhouse in the States (or perhaps more likely for us ministers, had fancy friends take us). So that should be a neat time, and a chance for one last meal with the Julians and several of our new Brazilian friends.
Then we’ve got a couple of hours to kill (so more mall time, in all likelihood). Then it’s off to the airport!
as for this blog…
I’ll be adding to this blog as much as I can tonight and tomorrow; if there’s more to finish, it should come this weekend. I recognize that once everybody’s home, you’ll get even better stories straight from your loved ones! But others of you are reading for ministry thoughts, teaching notes, etc. So those may be some of the things that trickle onto the blog this weekend!
In any case, thank you so much for all your prayers and support of our team – and thanks for reading this blog!