Monday, October 30, 2006

Destination Brazil: Travel Blog #8

Bible School is over. Trying to organize an event for more than 100 children and adults, with very little help and only two good translators and one medium translator is as the boys put it “just crazy.” Actually it was quite fun, but I’m glad it’s over.
I’ve already told about our pre-planning, which included the trip to Maceio for supplies. Saturday morning we made up 100 treat bags with two pieces of bubble gum, two small lollypops, a snack bag of Brazilian pretzels, two chocolate cookies, a peanut butter “Mindy” (kind of like a small piece of dehydrated peanut butter) and a piece of chocolate.
For a snack during the event, we gave out a bag of Brazilian popcorn (it looks like lightly flavored cheese balls) and a juice box.
The children and adults, for that matter, were thrilled to get the snack. Most American kids would have said “is this all?”
As the children left, we handed out the treat bags. The adults were given bags, each containing a package of beans and a package of rice.
For the price of $4 in the U.S., we gave the adults what may feed their family for at least one, maybe two to three meals--depending on how they stretch the food. It makes me realize how much we, in America, take food for granted. I waste more food than this, just in leftovers I decide I “don’t want.” There is no such thing as “unwanted leftovers” here. Everything is used up.
As we were finishing up, and loading the Kombie with supplies, two of my favorite “gate kids” came up asking for “cappies”--the kids love American ball caps (or trucker caps as they are now known).
I gave the two brothers and the little girl each a sack of beans and rice to take home. They were thrilled to get the extra food.
I know we have hunger in America. Food pantries and other ministries are growing because of the need. Somehow, it’s more “hidden.” It seems like you can’t go anywhere in Brazil without seeing a hungry child or another need.
Maybe we wouldn’t take food for granted if we saw the need in the U.S. on a daily basis.

Cutlines for day 8

Debbie Mayberry begins to assemble treat bags for Saturday's Bible school at the Forest Park igreja (church). Kaylea Hutson |

Adla and Janete Hailey talk with the children and lead them in songs at the start of Saturday's Bible School. Kaylea Hutson |

Children fill the wooden pews in the church built by members of Forest Park Baptist Church, Joplin. Kaylea Hutson |

One of the neighborhood children who took part in Saturday's Bible School. Kaylea Hutson |

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