We did it in fine style on the evening of Nov. 28, by inviting some friends and brethren in for pizza. They came from Taubaté and SJCampos for a moment of fellowship and of thanksgiving for God’s goodness all these years.
Dona Claudete made one of her famous cakes, and everyone sang “Happy Anniversary” before Vicki and I blew out the candles. (The word for “birthday” in Portuguese is the same as “anniversary,” aniversário, so it works. But the translated song doesn’t even contain the word.)
On Nov. 28, 1984, Vicki, Micah, and I arrived, with three other families in our then mission team, in Belo Horizonte. Ten years later, our family of five moved to SJCampos. We have lived and worked in Brazil continuously over the 30-year period.
Many wrote comments in our guest book. Others expressed kind comments about our ministry, and one who couldn’t be with us called to say thanks.
Later, we hope to write more about our perspectives of missions as we look back.
For more photos of the moment, see at this link.