We can hardly believe that it is time to pack things up once again. It has been 6 months already that we have been in Brazil and in language school. Time really does fly.....and that is whether you are having fun OR NOT!!! It is just amazing. We are all doing well currently, but please keep praying. Paul and I have 5 days of official classes left and then a week of preparing for and taking our language evaluations. This is one of those things that we aren't going to fail, but it is a matter of how well we will do. So, it is just a little nerve rattling. I can do fine in just casual conversation and then the teacher turns on the tape recorder and suddenly things are different. I freeze up and can't think of my verb conjugations and start speaking like a "cave woman". Anyway, we will make it through and are excited to see how the Lord is going to use what we have learned and how He will expand it once we get to PoA. I have no doubt that our language skills will grow once we are thrust into real live situations with no help from a teacher. Yesterday, for the first time, we had a doctor's visit without a language helper. Pierce had a rash that Paul just felt like we needed to have checked out and no one could go with him. So, Paul and Kati went and they said that it wasn't pretty, but they walked away with a prescription so all was not lost. I was so impressed and so was our language teacher.
Anyway, we have started the packing process and are getting more excited by the day. We are going to drive to PoA and all of our "stuff" is going to be shipped down. We don't understand all the logistics of how this is going to happen, but they assure us that we aren't the first ones to have stuff shipped. So, we are trusting that the people in charge know what they are doing. I can't wait to post pictures of our trip through Southern Brazil. We have heard that the drive is gorgeous so we are looking forward to it. Please remember to pray for us though because we are a little bit nervous to be on the road with children and not understand the language enough. It is just human nature to worry that something might happen, even if it is just a flat tire, it is more of a big deal here than in the states. Everything here is a bigger deal than in the states. Have I said that a time or two already. If not, I meant to.
We will keep you posted on our whereabouts, but in the meantime, please keep praying. We love you all and miss you terribly, but are enjoying our time here.
In His Hands,
Keri (& family)