Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DAY TWELVE - Father's Day

Sunday was Father's Day in Brazil.  We started Sunday with a men's breakfast at the church followed by our morning services.  During church, they had a testimony time and though we could not understand most of what was said, the people were sincere in their comments about their dad.  With the traditional family unity being so scarce in Brazil, many of the testimonies reflected on how their Pastor, Tom Latham, was the one they looked up to who has given them the guidance they have needed in their life.  It was obvious to us all that he is beloved by his people.

It was an emotional day for us all as we had to say goodbye to all our new Brazilian friends.  With the amount of time we had been there, we had attended two sets of Sunday and two mid-week services which gave us the opportunity to grow close to the church family.  In addition to the church services, we had meals in the homes of most of the families in the church.  There were lots of hugs and kisses and many tears were shed when it was time to go.

In the evening we were able to drive to a famous German influenced town that is called Gramada.  One of the biggest attractions there is a nationally famous chocolate store, where we all bought some goodies to bring home.  After that we had a little time to do some souvenir shopping in the town shops.  The weather did not cooperate very much but it did not deter us from having a good time.

After we arrived home, it was time to start packing for the trip home.  We are never going to forget the Lathams and all that we have been able to do here.

Father's Day breakfast at the church.

Father's Day cake!  I'm not sure what Rachel's problem is...

Speaking at the church one last time.

Brazil's most famous chocolate!

Looks like Rachel had a little too much chocolate.

The Moyers with one of their new Brazilian friends.

When we returned home, we had some of Dr. Latham's sweet treats.

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