Friends and relatives have asked about our well-being, after seeing news about the rains and mudslides in Brazil over the past week. Most of the mudslides and deaths are occurring in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Earlier last week, however, five people died here in SJCampos after one neighborhood was buried in a mudslide, on the other side of town.
We ourselves are well and apparently in no danger. Thus far, we’ve only been inconvenienced by the rains, drying clothes and getting around.
This afternoon, however, on our way to Taubate, we arrived in the city immediately after a strong storm had blown through. Large limbs were strewn across the avenues, blocking some lanes entirely. The school where we’re meeting this month (we lost our location at the hotel, which closed down) was inundated, but we were able to meet in a corner where no leaks were dripping. Though the sound of water in another corner was present throughout our meeting. UPDATE: see pics of downed trees in the city.
We’re not aware, at this point, of any Christians having lost lives or property, though that may change any time.
We thank you for your kind expressions of concern and, as always, covet your prayers for our family and work.
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