Tuesday, June 06, 2006


On Saturday night, we held our annual Festa Junina, a type of Fall Festival that is a big part of Brazilian cultural history. There were well over 200 people there for the music, square dancing, hotdogs and kababs and beef and manioc stew. It was a great opportunity to invite students who the Cross-cultural team has met and to create a greater connection in a comfortable environment.

Meg with three friends, ready for the Festa Junina
(Meg, Giovanna, Amanda and Luiza)


Anna Rogers with Kate ready to square dance!

We know Anna from when we lived in Carrollton, Georgia and ministered at West Georgia College. She is a junior at Duke University (and on the swim team) and is living with us for two months to learn Portuguese and to swim with the Brazilian Olympians in our city. She's been a lot of fun and a lot of help. Our kids have loved having another set of hands to swing them around and play with them.

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The Cross Cultural Projects are in full swing here in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The 61 American students who are here have settled in and are meeting new students within each of our target areas. It's busy, busy time with a lot of Churrasco (barbecues), a lot of forro (a Brazilian dance),a lot of truco (Brazilian card game) and a lot of practicing Portuguese while Brazilians practice English. In the midst of all this, many of the Brazilian students are becoming interested in Christ as a person rather than as the figurehead of a religion. It's opening new doors for conversation and investigation. Pray for those doors to remain open and for their continued investigation.

Pray for the Investigative Retreat this coming weekend, that many of those students would attend. It's a great opportunity for them to "see" the gospel in a non-threatening environment.

PE freshmen at last Saturday's Brazilian barbecue


At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Rhonda said...

I love those country/western outfits! When Anna mentioned that she was going to a "country" party, I thought she meant a country....like Brazil. I am such a mom. Rhonda

At 5:10 PM, Blogger the swartys said...

Wow, that looks like a great time, especially the mention of BBQ. Am glad God is doing a great thing there, you guys are doing a fantastic job. Take care and have a great weekend, hope no hail is coming your way. Your friends, the swartys

At 12:07 AM, Anonymous Susan Blazer said...

Hey Dempseys, Love your blogspot! Cannot believe how big "Kate-Kate" is; have not seen pictures of her in over a year. Meg is too cute with all her little friends! Loved hearing all that God is doing! We miss everyone there so much. Looking at everyone's blogspots tonight has made me miss it even more! Tell all your kids "hi" from the Blazer kids. Love ya'll, the Blazers


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