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

    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

  • ivanildotrindade 10:04 pm on May 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , amazon adventure, , brazil quiz, brazil world power, history of brazil, northern brazil   


    I am leading a short-term mission trip to northern Brazil July 4-18. We will be on the Amazon,  baby! In preparation for this trip, I’ve put together this quiz for my team. I am giving you a chance to take this quiz and win a free copy of Jay Milbrandt’s new book Go and Do. Okay, here are the rules:1. Submit your answers via e-mail to me by Friday, 5:00 p.m. EST. itrindade@woostergrace.org.

    2. If you have already taken this test, don’t bother to take it again. :). “Amazon Adventure’s” team members!

    3. If your last name is Trindade, or was formerly Trindade, you’re automatically disqualified from taking the quiz. Lucas!

    4. You are not allowed to Google, Wiki, Bing or otherwise use the Internet to answer any of these questions, unless you use a Commodore 64 to surf the net.

    5. Include your mailing address with your answer. We will mail anywhere with an address written in Roman characters.

    Good luck!


    I. Multiple-choice:

    1. Brazil produces more cars than the following country:

    O U.S.

    O Great Britain

    O Mexico

    O Germany

    O China

    2. The currency of Brazil is called:

    O Real

    O Cruzeiro

    O Cruzado

    O Riel

    O Pataca

    3. The following is something Brazil is NOT famous for:

    O Bypassing the giant drug companies to produce cheaper, generic AIDS medicine.

    O Giving to the world the classical composer Heitor Vila-Lobos.

    O Revolutionizing the music world by creating a new sound, “bossa nova.”

    O Producing famous soap operas, known as “telenovelas,” which are broadcast around the world.

    O Being the first country in South America to elect a female president.

    4. Which country is NOT among the top 10 most populous in the world

    O China

    O Russia

    O Japan

    O India

    O Brazil

    5. Which city is NOT among the top ten most expensive cities in the world for expats?

    O Tokyo, Japan

    O Moscow, Russia

    O N’Djamena, Chad

    O New York, U.S.A.

    O Sao Paulo, Brazil

    II. True or False:

    1. Brazil is the 6th largest economy in the world, having surpassed the U.K. at the end of 2011 in terms of GDP.  T       F

    2. The Amazon basin covers some 60% of Brazil’s surface.  T       F

    3. Sao Paulo is the second most populous city in the world.  T       F

    4. 5% of the population in Brazil owns 85% of the country’s wealth.  T       F

    5. Outside of the G-8, more scientific papers from Brazil are quoted than from any other county.  T       F

    6. Brazil’s land area is bigger than that of Continental United States.  T       F

    7. The Amazon represents over half of the world’s remaining rainforest.  T       F

    8. There are 200 nations within the country we call “Brazil.”  T       F

    9. The Amazon River is the longest river in the world.  T       F

    10. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world in volume of water with an average discharge greater than the next seven rivers combined.  T       F

    11. More than one-third of all species in the world live in the Amazon rainforest.  T       F

    12. The current President of Brazil is the daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant.  T       F

    13. Cocoa, beef, sugar cane, coffee, orange juice are just a few examples of commodities that Brazil is the #1 producer in the world.  T       F

    14. Through Embraer, Brazil is the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world.  T       F

    15. In spite of its great economic progress, Brazil is still ruled by a military dictatorship.  T       F

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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