Bob has crossed into Chile, the 12th and final country that Walk2gether will visit. Here’s a reflection from his Facebook page after visiting CFCA’s sponsored members and their families in Brazil.
It is an honor to share the ideals and excitement of Walk2gether with the sponsored members and their families in Brazil.
Itís the rainy season, and we splashed our way through many a knee-deep puddle on the country roads.
The heat and mosquitoes are challenging too, but again our families give us excellent insights into acclimatization and ecology.
It takes a while to get out to this rural area in Cipauba, Piaui (a state in Brazil), but I find very little trash along the roads.
These are a deeply religious people, who hold frequent Bible services on their own and look forward to the monthly visit of a priest.
Within the loving confines of a small rural school, I discover confident and brilliant students, who have obviously received a lot of personal attention since their very first day in preschool.
In Mineiros, the children and families have been preparing for a good long time Ö and it shows. Festival dances are lively and very well done. Some of the regional dances resemble traditional U.S. square dances.
Typical foods prepared by the mothers are really delicious. I find it very inspiring to spend time with these families, sometimes in their own simple homes.
Enthusiastic and creative mothers are showing the world how to live with dynamism and hope in the midst of great challenges. In true CFCA spirit, there is an openness and tenderness between staff and children.
We really enjoyed an hourís interview in Portuguese and Spanish on Radio El Dorado in Mineiros.
It was facilitated by Dom Elias, host, with translation help from young Benedictine priest Dom Rodrigo (a fine linguist and friend of CFCA); Eutimia, Mineiros project coordinator; Cristina; and myself.
I ask for your prayers as we begin Walk2gether in the north of Chile. Please know of our love.