Have you ever heard of the Slow Food Movement?  The organization defines themselves this way: “Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how […]


“Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right” Psalm 106:3   Scripture refers repeatedly to the widow and the fatherless as groups of people who are most vulnerable to oppression. Those who can't protect themselves, those who are at the mercy of others, those who have such a small voice that […]


        Dear Friends,   I see people suffering every day.  Even when we aren't visiting with our friends on the streets or in children's homes, we pass by teenagers, families, and mothers with small children sleeping on the streets or begging change.  When we do visit our friends, we witness the extent […]


      Dearest Friends,     As the end of the year approaches, we always take time to look back and see how God has been moving in our own lives and in that of our community here in Rio de Janeiro. This has been an incredible year for many of our projects and […]


Dear Loved Ones, The season of giving thanks is once again approaching.  Here, far away from our families, gatherings and traditions, it's easy for us to grumble and complain.  Many of the sacrifices that we make to live and work in Brasil become more apparent during this season of being and celebrating with families and […]


      Dear beloved friends & family, We had a wonderful time visiting so many of you while we were in the US.  We already miss you!  These are always special times for us, and we cherish them greatly.  We were able to share some stories, photos and even a song with lots of […]


Dear Friends, "Tia Beca (Auntie Becca)!" I hear about 100 times every Wednesday in a small sweet voice.  I'm usually mashing garlic with a big wooden mallot or cutting veggies in the kitchen.  After I look in her direction, she smiles at me and then hides her face.  On Wednesdays I spend the day at […]


Dear Friends,   We apologize for not getting our prayer letter out last month, if you noticed that our every other month schedule was interrupted!  We have a great excuse: Rebecca's mom and sister were here visiting, so, of course, we took them to a quiet little beach town a couple of hours from here.  […]

October 2005 Prayer Letter

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. – I Samuel 2:8 Em Memoriam Here lies our beloved JeffersonIn number 58Tears fall as prayersFrom the depths of my heartI wish I could cry more of […]