So I guess you’re all wondering…

What it is I’m actually doing hereĀ  in Brazil, aside from discovering my roots, witnessing God’s glory, and butchering a new language.


Every morning, I walk 10 minutes down my road to get to school–saying hello along the way to the guinea hens in the construction lot, the dog that hates my guts (thankfully, kept behind an iron fence), and, of course, the owl family that lives on the school campus.

That’s me with Mr. Hootie X Archimedes and Mrs. Peekaboo Glimfeather Pythagoras in the background.

I have a few different roles to play at the Couto school here in Anapolis. By morning, I teach six American missionary students (4th to 11th grade) in a program that keeps them current with the American school system.

Establishing rules for the elementary grades.

Studying up on high school material

But by afternoon, I teach English language to Brazilian students (5th to 9th grade).

The sunglasses indicate my alter ego–the ESL teacher

Some of these Brazilian students have visited America with their families. Others are just excited for the opportunity to learn the language from native speakers. Several of them do not know any English, which makes things extra interesting in the classroom, since I don’t know enough Portuguese to communicate effectively. Fortunately, the school has been gracious enough to give me a translator to help with that.

I’m three months into Brazil and things are starting to settle into a groove. God has spoiled me with good friends who take care of me in every way. The only thing I can’t seem to get is a drop of rain. But I hear rumors that soon I’ll be drowning in it. Last night I bought an umbrella and am checking the skies anxiously for any sign of moisture. It’s coming, I can feel it…



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