March 27, 2015

Ebenézer Construction Update

Yesterday our architect sent me this preview of the digital mockup for the Ebenézer church building.

As of this point, here is how the structure actually looks as of yesterday afternoon:

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Foz do Iguaçu: Bonus Post #3: My Favorite Picture

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Foz do Iguaçu: Bonus Post #2--Missionary Family

Here is the BMMB (Baptist Mid-Missions do Brasil) family picture, taken at the Hotel Carimã in Foz do Iguaçu.

On Facebook there has been some controversy as to whether or not I am in this picture. I am...here is a zoomed-in shot:

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Foz do Iguaçu: Bonus Post #1--English-ish

So living in a foreign land brings with it the inevitable language gaffes--from which the nationals derive great mirth. Occasionally, however, the tables are turned, and the foreigner is permitted a chuckle upon coming across local attempts at English.

For some reason, our trip to Foz proved a gold-mine of mangled English. Here are some examples.

First, overheard on the airplane intercom:

It's just a suggestion...

"If necessary, follow the crew-members' instructions."

Otherwise we can just ignore them?

Seems logical

"Fasten seat belt while seated."

Trying to picture fastening a seat belt while standing.

Ambiguous prohibition.

"It's not allowed to smoke."

It depends on what the definition of "it" is...

And now for some signs:

Riscky business

Go to your "roon"?

My personal favorite


Exactly how fast are the bannisters running?

Female restrooms

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Foz do Iguaçu: Paraguay Visit

One of the more memorable adventures of our time in Iguaçu has to be the day we went with some other missionaries to explore Ciudade del Este, Paraguay.

Cidade del Este has the reputation of being a Mecca for people who want to buy electronics (and other items) on the cheap. Due to lax border control (nobody checked any of our documents, coming or going) Brazilians can go to Paraguay and avoid heavy Brazilian importation taxes.


Crossing the Ponte da Amizade (Friendship Bridge)


First items I saw on sale: hookas.


Paraguayan street scene.


My souvenir: Paraguayan and Argentinan currency.


Overlooking the river.

The funniest thing that happened on this little excursion: a man came up to me selling little blue pills. Through the motions he was making, it became clear that it was Viagra...or a knockoff of the same.

"Yo no necessito" I told him. "I have no need of that." But then, wanting to be helpful, I pointed to one of my colleagues, standing a few yards away. "Go talk to him, though. He might."

What can I say, I'm a giver.

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