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  • ivanildotrindade 7:48 pm on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: foods, macapa, same old, sameness, shrimp   

    Welcome to “same old, same old” 

    Hello friends. I am back in the blogging world. My apologies to all my faithful readers — all 20 of you!

    I have had a rather unusual summer. Between Asia, Brazil, the U.S., I couldn’t keep track of where I was. I didn’t watch T.V. I was on the Internet only rarely, but on the other hand, I ate foods that just thinking about the experience makes my mouth go into a liquid spasm.

    To give you an idea, when I arrived in Macapá, northern Brazil, after settling my team down, I walked up the hill to my childhood home — the same wooden house where I lived from 1966-76. There, on the long, wooden table, sat my Mom and my dad. She had prepared my favorite shrimp dish — shrimp peeled and steamed with the smoke from the fire, with some special condiments you can only find in Brazil…

    It was the beginning of my journey into eight fresh new pounds I gained while in Brazil. But I had prepared myself for it. I lost about half of the eight I would eventually gain. I call it “lose it forward.” But the deficit is still here and I am attacking it. I just ran a 5K race in Wooster about one week ago to help raise funds to support our rescue efforts in SE Asia, but it will take a lot more than this to go back to status quo ante.

    And all that is a metaphor for what is going on in the world. I sort of “checked out” for a while, and when I return, it is back to the status quo — Christians are still being brutally murdered by Islamic militants in Nigeria, innocent people are still being killed by the forces of a brutal dictator in Syria, crazy people are still showing up and shooting unsuspecting people, and hurricanes are menacing the Gulf coast just like they always do.

    So I welcome you back to same old same old, including my ramblings, which I hope I will give you a little more of, starting today.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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  • ivanildotrindade 10:16 am on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , equator, , hometown, macapa, progress, prosperity, rush hour, , traffic jam, trailblazers,   

    Brazil is on the move! 


    some of my nieces and nephews (my son josh is on the back row seated, blue shirt) — future stars of a country on the rise

    I am ending my third full week in northern Brazil (two weeks of work, one week of vacation) and as you can tell, there hasn’t been much rambling from here. I have been busy!

    My mind is full of vivid images of my time here. First of all, modernity has done something terrible to the city where I lived a good part of my life. My wife’s mom’s house, where I spent many hours courting her, which was two buses away from the center of town (that is, if you were lucky enough to have a bus show up when you needed it!), is now two hours or more bumper-to-bumper no prisoner-taking traffic. You could almost leave the car on neutral and roll it, so it seems.

    My country of birth has shot up economically and the dream of wealth has finally come true to more than the privileged few. Of course, there is still much poverty, but nothing like when I was living here. There are opportunities to make money everywhere and the people are making the most of it. This is my first trip here since moving to the U.S. where I saw the fewest number of beggars on the streets.

    My nieces and nephews, to give one example, are all on their way to become successful. The older ones have already or will be graduating from college soon. Physical therapists, lawyers, architects, medical doctors, teachers. They will go on to do great things, no doubt about it. And they are all connect with the rest of the world via Facebook and Twitter! My generation blazed the trail, now the kids are reaping the benefits, but the question is: are they even aware of the sacrifices their parents made?

    While the team from the U.S. was here, we went to a very poor neighborhood in Macapa, in the northern most State of Brazil, Amapa. We rode in three silver cars literally until the dirt road ended and stopped at a little house which the owner uses to do some outreach to the kids from the area — you had to continue on, walking on wooden bridges to get to where the children were. As we were getting out of our cars, I overheard one of the older kids saying to the other kids, “You suppose they could be from the Mafia?” I laughed hard at that and then I got quiet thinking about what kind of a life those kids have to have in order to come up with a question like that.

    I have heard so many stories of tragedies and triumphs, of hope and despair, but mostly I have been humbled by the resilient spirit of many of the people I have talked to. I could spend a lifetime just learning from them about the secret of contentment in the midst of apparently insurmountable challenges. Looking at the quality of the people I have met, I have no doubt that there is a bright future for this country which has perennially been teased as the giant that has never awaken. But watch out world: the giant is moving!

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
  • ivanildotrindade 3:12 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , macapa, mission trip,   

    Rambling from the Amazon 

    Hello everyone,

    This has been more than the typical busy summer that I have experienced typically over many years. First of all, my wife has been in Brazil with my son for over a month now. She is helping care for her mother, whose health is failing right now. She needs 24-7 care and my wife is in charge of the night shift. She hasn’t slept one single night since she got there and she is very exhausted right now.

    Secondly, I made an unexpected 10-day trip to SE Asia recently to represent our church at the dedication of one of the homes for orphans in Wiang Pa Pao, Thailand. While there, I also spent some time with the children and staff of the G.R.O.W. home and had meetings both in Cambodia and Thailand that were very useful for the future of this project to rescue children who are victims of physical and sexual exploitation.

    In a few hours I will be heading out to northern Brazil, leading a team from my church. We will be spending one week in and around some tributaries of the Amazon River, doing some work with children and adults. It will be a lot of hard work but also fun. Needless to say, I will have no Internet connection during that time.

    I will try to post some during the second part of our trip, when we will be in Macapa, the capital of the northern most state in Brazil, right on the Equator. We will be working with the local church my dad pastored for 55 years and I know I will be blessed to be there.

    Thank you for remembering us in your prayers. Please keep checking back. I will ramble a little here one way or the other…

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
    • Beth 8:47 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Praying for you Ivanildo and your family. May God bless everything you touch and renew your wife as she helps others right now. I think it is so exciting to see what God has done with you all. Did you ever think you would be traveling around the world representing God in so many places, when you were such a young child in the Amazon? I can tell my students at school.–Hey, I know someone who grew up in the rainforest! How neat!

      • ivanildotrindade 8:52 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        thanks, beth. really appreciate it. i lived on the island of my birth until i was 7. never thought much of anything else during that time, except what kind of fish i was going to have for my next meal. since my dad was a fisherman, we had enough to eat, but with no sanitation, drinking contaminated water was eventually going to kill us. parasites and a simple cold could have wiped us out, but God had mercy on us. i am a “debtor.”

    • Bob & Linda 3:29 pm on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Brother, Enjoy the fish. 🙂
      Didn’t think much about it when you were seven but can’t help but think what the next chapter in your life holds for you and the multitudes He allows you to touch. We pray that the team is safe and effective as you travel. Our blessings to Naza and your family there. We pray that her mother improves even while you are there. Blessings, B & L

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