Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Destination Brazil: Travel Blog Entry #4





In a service which blended two cultures and languages, American and Brazilian friends of Mark Mayberry gathered at the boys orphanage in Maceio, Brazil to dedicate a building in his honor.
It was all part of an effort to remember the Joplin man, who died in May. Through an interpreter, speakers talked about Mayberry and the legacy he established with his desire to help the children of Brazil.
The service, set under the evening sky, took place in the courtyard in front of the newly named “Mayberry House.” Leaders opened by singing “Amazing Grace” and “Jesus Loves Me” in a mixture of English and Brazilian languages.
Wayne Wood, president of the board which operates the orphanage, opened the service with two Bible passages, Philippians 1:21 and 2:3 which, he said, “spells out exactly” Mayberry’s life.
“He was a precious friend to all of us,” Wood said. “He was a great friend in the work that we do.”
The passage from Philippians 1:21 talks about living in Jesus, while the passage from 2:3 talks about living a life free of selfishness and with humility.
“Mark went to be with the Lord,” Wood said, “But the impression he made in this country, is a great blessing to all of us.
“Those of us who knew Mark, know that up until the very last moment, he continued to serve Jesus Christ. He was one of the most unselfish persons I’ve ever known.”
Wood said he counted it a privilege to have known Maybery.
“It [our friendship] was a special blessing, he was a special friend,” Wood said.
Bob Arnce, Joplin, also spoke about his friendship with Mayberry.
“I thank God for causing our paths to cross,” Arnce said. “It is indeed an honor to stand here and speak of Mark, and give testimony of his faithfulness.”
Arnce said he and Mayberry often roomed together on mission trips. The pair would close their late night discussions with a passage from Psalms.
“I want to quote a special Psalm tonight, because I sense Mark’s presence here,” Arnce said. “This passage describes his life.”
Arnce read from Psalm 1, which talks about the character of someone who follows God and lets their roots grow deep, like a tree planted by water.
“I thank God for Mark Mayberry, for his inspiration and the example he passed on to me,” Arnce continued.
The service also included a time where volunteers read Bible passages and those gathered responded “For the cause of Christ in working with children and in the memory of Mark Mayberry, we dedicate this building.”
“Tonight this service is about dedicating a building to these children and dedicating it in the name of Mark Mayberry because of his interest in this place,” Wood said.
The service concluded with a prayer of dedication, spoken in Portuguese by Pastor Jonas and an interpretive dance performed by young women representing a church in Nascente.

Cutlines for Day 4

American and Brazilian friends of a variety of ages gather in the orphanage courtyard to pay tribute to the late-Mark Mayberry of Joplin. The group gathered on Tuesday, Oct. 24, to dedicate Mayberry House at the orphanage. Kaylea Hutson | JoplinDaily.com

Bob Arnce, Joplin, talks about his friendship with Mark Mayberry, while his translator, Erica, repeats his words in Portugese during the dedication service for Mayberry House. The building will be used as a guest residence for people coming to work on the orphanage and surrounding churches. Kaylea Hutson | JoplinDaily.com

Brother Jonas, a pastor from a nearby church, provides the dedication prayer for Mayberry House. Kaylea Hutson | JoplinDaily.com

Dancers from the church in Nascente perform a worship dance during the service honoring Mark Mayberry's committment to the children of Maceio and Brazil. Kaylea Hutson | JoplinDaily.com

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