I was told by Luciana not to eat the salads and other side dishes but instead to save the room for the meat. I tried to listen to that advise but it all looked so good. But in the end I knew it to be true. She had been right!
(I'm not talking about me!)
Following are two of my really good friends here Iguassu. Lori (on the left) is a wife to Neto and a mother of two small girls. We enjoyed lunch at their house on Saturday. Amazing food and even more so of the company. I was hesitant to stay while Warren and Neto went to the men's study that afternoon, knowing that Lori spoke very little English and, well, you know how little Portuguese I speak! But the fears were unfounded. I decided to stay and had a great time. She knew more English than she lets on when she's in crowds and the Lord enabled us to communicate. We were even able to share personal things with one another. I will always treasure that afternoon with her.
Luciana (on the right) is not only our Portuguese teacher but has become a dear, dear friend to us. She is the one that waited in all of the lines right along with us. Her patience seems to know no limits! We have truly been blessed by this woman that deeply loves the Lord.
I love them both already!
And this is my best friend! I don't know what we were laughing about here but that ability is one of things I love most about our relationship. We laugh a lot together. I'm thankful for that. It has helped us to not take the disappointments in life and ourselves so seriously.
And here we are with KaKa praying over us. We didn't know what he said as it was in Portuguese but we left blessed and encouraged by it. We left blessed and encouraged by them - our new and beloved friends here in Iguassu Falls.
It will always be a memorable 31st anniversary.