Oi Oi Oi Oi!!!
Nossa!!!! I leave for Manaus is SIX days yáll!!!! I will fly out on Tuesday, but I am not sure what time. We get our travel plans on Monday, I think. Most likely SUPER early. There are six Americans and a TON of Brazilians going to Manaus, but I am the ONLY sister. There isn´t even an Brazilian sister going to Manaus, so wish me luck :) haha!
This week was the hardest yet, but not language wise! I got sick with a fever, sore throat, runny nose, achy, blah blah blah! It is hard though, because I can´t just stay in bed. My companions have to stay with me! Finally, I am not running a fever anymore but this runny nose thing better stop soon. I look like Rudolph´s sister!!!
Other than that, I am doing well! I had some really cool experiences this week. Every Tuesday and Sunday in the CTM we have devotionals. The Americans and Hispanics always get headphones and someone translates because the talks are always in Portuguese. Well, yesterday I decided that I was going to listen to the whole devotional without headphones and I DID!!!! I listened to both speakers without ever putting on the headphones. That was a little confidence booster for sure. I mean I didn´t catch everything of course, but I took a ton of notes so that was pretty cool. Also I was praying with my companions before one of our lessons, and I realized halfway through the prayer that I was just speaking Portuguese and not translating from English to Portguese in my head!! It was the coolest thing. It is just little tender mercies like that that help grow my faith. I know without a doubt I would not know this language at ALL if it were not for the gift of tounges and faith in the Lord!!
I don´t have too much else to report this week! I am just REALLY nervous about leaving for Manaus on Tuesday!! I don´t feel ready at all, but I know I am not going to get any better unless I am speaking with real Brazilians 24/7!! I just ask that you say a little prayer for my safety on Tuesday and that I will get a good trainer. Oh, and that my suitcase will be underweight!! I am really scared about my first companion. I hope she knows a littttttle English (hahaha) and is not afraid of work!!! I want to get to work!!!
I am not sure when I will be able to email next. Hopefully you will get an email from President Castro when I arrive in Manaus.
Well, I love you all! Thank you for all the prayers.
Have a great week.