The two primary slums that we'll be working in when we arrive are called Cidade de Deus (often referenced as City of God) and Rio das Pedras (River of Stones), but we'll be living in Barra da Tijuca. Click here to see an interactive map of our ministry area. Jay described to us the potential pousada that we'll be living in, and it sounds like a great option because it's in a great location and there is already a connection with the non-Christian manager so there's ministry potential there, but we're still praying because the cost to live there is higher than we anticipated. However, we'll be staying with Jay and his wife Luciane the first few days we're there anyway so it's ok if we don't find one before we leave.
Please be praying with us as we close in on a week before departure-
-Find an affordable apartment within our area of ministry
-Today, they're officially launching the "church-plant" in the City of God slum, led by Pastor Sergio
-Began registration for the A29 Bootcamp, that they'd affectively get the word out about it
-For Jay as he's working to get A29 Brasil off the ground and to settle into his role as Executive Pastor at Barra Presbyterian Church while still learning the language
-A smooth-ish transition down there as we're tying up loose ends here, and trying to avoid colds
-Find someone to take over as teacher of our ESL class here that we really cherish
For now, enjoy these pictures from the Rodeo and check out Giulian's previous post on Culture Shock for the video.
This is our Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
With our giant turkey leg
I just had to put this one in here, how cool is that?!