On the last Sunday of September, Ozair/Rosecler came to church with four visitors from the United States. English speakers!! And they are from Ontario, Oregon!! They had gotten to know the Rebeiros (Ozair & Rosicler) when one of their sons lived with their family in Guaraituba while he was a missionary. They recently hosted the Rebeiro's in USA, including Idaho-Utah temple hopping and Provo's 4th of July Stadium of Fire. We were invited to lunch after church, as well as the missionaries and several of their kids/grandkids (25+!) The guests were Tom Butler and his wife, and the Weston’s, from Ontario, Oregon. Tom Butler is the son of the late owner of ORE-IDA, is the CPA handling his family's businesses, and had been Oregon state senator from Ontario area. Bro. Weston owns and farms land between Cairo Junction & Nyssa. Dennis enjoyed comparing notes about people, teams and events we all knew. I loved every minute of chatting in English. The 2 ladies were freezing, having difficulty with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g in Brazil---chuckle---I completely knew what they were experiencing, and suggested they put on a sweater...or two. They were here to see sights in Brazil, taking turns with Ozair and Rosicler as hosts. They saw the Falls of Iguaçu, and loved Florianopolis, which is a beautiful island city and capital of the state of Santa Catarina (we went there on our 2013 trip).
Officially, it is spring here, or PRIMAVERA, and flowers are starting sprout, and people are working in their yards more, and are doing more building projects on their tiny lots. But blossoming, yard work and construction have to hold off a bit, while the rainy season claims its time. We watch the sky closely, and plan our walks carefully between downpours--usually, we are lucky; sometimes, though, we get drenched! Lightning & thunder are great!
To the left is Yellow Ball Tree (don't know its name)--picture taken just before a storm, when all the leaves were blown off. The flowers below include spirea (bridal bouquet), amarylis, bird of paradise, cala lily (called "Cup of Milk" here, or Copo de Leite), and others.
As of last week, Elder Pereira went home, and we have a new member of our team. From left to right is Elder Cortez from Livermore, California; Elder Christensen from Parker, Colorado; Elder Arizola from Piura, Perú; Elder Esty from New York. They're working hard as usual and are amazing!
Ozair and Rosicler are becoming a big part of our lives while on our mission. Please forgive us for sharing many pictures of their lovely home. No, riches and a beautiful home aren't what is so impressive to us. It is that fact that they are making improvements constantly on their home--by doing it themselves. Their main cooking stove is a huge wood-burning stove. Ozair has woodpiles that cannot be matched. He gathers wood from other places (not from "his" tees), cuts and stacks by himself. The first picture below couldn't even capture the near 20-foot high top of his woodpile in his work shop. A path leaving his workship half-way up the hill is flanked with stacks of wood 2-3 feet high. Look at the chandeliers below. See the circular gold frame for the chains and electrical cord? He has silicone molds and makes and spray paints them all. See the family crest above and to the left of the fireplace? He made the mold, cast it, and had a friend paint it. His stairway banisters with urn-shaped rungs (?) have all been made by him with his silicone molds (see staircase pictures in post dated August 10, 2013). For their September 11th churrascaría, Ozair and Rosicler worked all week to finish their fountain and indoor flower garden. They are always so excited to show their latest accomplishments--not to flaunt their wealth, but to share their excitement. We are glad they feel comfortable enough to share with us. They are rare individuals. Rosicler and I both love bright red flowers. She gave me a potted red begonia, to remember her and our friendship by.
This morning, we said good-byes to Elder Pereira (I even got a hug), who will be flying home today, to Santarem-Para, in the northeastern coastal area of Brazil. We gave him a framed, signed U.S. dollar bill he had requested and he gave us little pens that he had put together with outer casings he whittled from bamboo. He has been one of our Young Lions, and our resident computer man, and has helped us so many times. We will miss him very much. Ozair took him to the Mission Office early this morning. Tomorrow, our remaining 3 “sons” will go back to Curitiba and pick up a new 4th “son.” The only thing we know is that he is not a new elder. . .
9/10/2014 - Our new Elder Esty is from New York, and has been in Brazil for one year. That is 5 missionaries from the USA, and Elder Arizola from Peru (poor thing).