Monday, November 27, 2006

Our Missionary Thanksgiving

So what do you do when you want to celebrate Thanksgiving but you live 7,000 miles away from your family? Ah, obviously you celebrate with your missionary colleagues where you live - except in this case, they are all in the United States with their familes. So, we picked up and went to the 18th annual missionary Thanksgiving gathering in Florianopolis.

Florianopolis is a beach resort about 310 miles North of where we live. Years ago, the missionaries in Southern Brazil began to meet on Thanksgiving for their annual strategy and planning meeting. Over the years, it evolved from business into fellowship (Although we frequently end up drifting back to discussions of strategy and mission business). Last year's gathering was much bigger, but this year we had 7 IMB units representing 4 different states in Brazil, plus our Canadian missionary friends from Porto Alegre, whom we had the pleasure of traveling with.

We even managed to have an authentic Thanksgiving meal with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce that I brought in from the USA a couple of weeks ago. Its nice to be able to eat Thanksgiving dinner and then walk down to the beach and play in the water! Was it worth the 9 hour drive home through construction, rain and traffic? You bet. Just don't tell anyone that your missionaries were playing on the beach while some of you were shoveling snow :)


Anonymous said...

Hey Jeff, Happy Thanksgiving. I was just checking out your blog today for lunch. I like it a lot, and check it every now and then. Keep up the good work, Mud Guy! I'm saying a prayer for you and the ministry in Brasil. -Dave Holley, your friend in the ministry to Cajari, MA.

Jeff Dunson said...

Hey Dave!
It's great to hear from you. I'm glad to know that you're still interested in Brazil. Even though God has moved us away from Maranhão, I still have a lot of good memories of our trip together. May God richly bless you. Keep in touch,