Friday, November 3, 2006

Destination Brazil: Travel Blog #10

Bob Arnce of rural Joplin wants no recognition or publicity for his actions in Brazil. He does not travel to the country for fame and glory. He only does it to serve God.
“This is what I should be doing,” Arnce said. “If what I do here brings glory to God, that’s all I’m concerned about.
“I’m a servant here, just a worker.”
Ten years ago, Arnce began coming to Brazil along with Pastor Wayne Wood’s traveling team. He joined the group at the request of the late-Mark Mayberry.
“Mark talked me into going with him,” Arnce said. “I wasn’t doing anything but playing golf and fishing.”
In the last 10 years, Arnce has traveled to Brazil 18 times. Sometimes he comes with a group, other times he travels alone.
“I want to give back a little, like everyone else,” Arnce said. “There’s an awful lot of need in Brazil. I felt like this is where God wanted me to be.”
Arnce said he enjoys working at the International Christian Children’s Home in Maceio, because the projects he completes ensures the boys will receive a good start in life.
However, he has other concerns that draw him to the country.
“The ones outside of the (orphanage) fence are special to me,” Arnce said. “They boys in here, they’ve got it made [by Brazilian standards]. The ones outside of here, I’m concerned about.
“They would give their eye teeth to be in here. They may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s the tragedy of it all.”
Arnce believes coming to Brazil fills a calling, placed on his life by God.
“If we didn’t have this orphanage, 20 boys would be on the street,” he said. “I wish I could do more, but I can’t. There’s so much need here, we are limited by what we can do.”
Many of the boys, he said, never had a bed before they came to the orphanage.
“I’ve seen where they lived, some were in cardboard boxes,” Arnce said. “Here they have a wholesome environment, good food and have clothes.”
They also learn about Jesus, which is important, he added.
“You do what little you can,” Arnce said. “I’ll do this as long as I can.
“I always take home more than I brought in blessings. When you are in the Lord’s will, and know you are doing what the Lord wants you to do, you get a certain satisfaction in the accomplishments. It’s a blessing.”

Bob Arnce, rural Joplin, works on a set of shelves for the new storage/classroom at the boys orphanage in Maceio, Brazil. This is Arnce's 18th trip to the country. Kaylea Hutson |

Bob Arnce of rural Joplin began traveling to Brazil at the encouragement of the late-Mark Mayberry. Kaylea Hutson |

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