Blogs from Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Gramado April 20th 2008

We took Karine's car to Gramado stopping by an amazing Buddhist Temple on the way. Gramado is a German town in the mountains of southern Brasil. There is a large German and Italian population in this region and the town is designed in the Swiss Alps style. In the winter they have a well regarded film festival similar to Sundance in the US. It rained while we were there, but that was no problem. It was a great time.... read more
Buddhist Temple Outside Gramado
Buddhist Temple Outside Gramado
Buddhist Temple Outside Gramado

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Gramado January 30th 2008

It's hard to believe it's Wednesday already. Rich will be speaking one more time tonight and then we head back to Porto Alegre on Thursday and will fly out on Friday. We have a long lay over in Sao Paulo so hope to see that city before we leave Brazil. It rivals with Mexico City and Toyko as one of the largest cities in the world. Dr. Loftis arrived yesterday and gave an update on ABWE and Dr. Kempton's funeral. It was quite moving. Yesterday we went to the Chocolate Factory - Yum!!... read more
Chocolate Factory
Black Lake
Dr. Loftis

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Gramado January 29th 2008

We started Sunday with breakfast and devotions with Bruce Mc Donald. He's been speaking on "Renewing our Passion." While the missionaries were in sessions, Rich prepared for the evening message while Jeff, Sheri and Lynette walked the town. After another dinner buffet, Rich spoke on "When I leave my First Love" from Rev. 2. Jeff and Sheri took care of the babies so the parents could enjoy the service. Monday started with breakfast and devotions. Once again Rich spent time preparing. After lunch we took a short trip to the falls here in Gramado. They were beautiful. Rich, Jeff and Sheri made it to the bottom of the 927 step decline and back. Lynette's knees wouldn't allow her to make it all the way down, but enjoyed the sights anyway. On the way back they saw ... read more
Jeff, Sheri & Lynell Smith
Fresh Fruit

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Gramado January 27th 2008

On Saturday we took a two hour bus trip up in the mountains to the Serrano Resort in Gramado. Another beautiful place! We had some free time in the afternoon and were able to walk the town. They are noted for their Chocolate so we'll see what comes home in our suitcases!! We started out the conference with Rich sharing his favorite message from Ecclesiastes "When Life Doesn't Make Sense" on Saturday night. Sunday AM, Bruce McDonald began his series on "Renewing the Passion" and the morning sessions are on evangelism. Wish you all were here. ... read more
Welcome Packet
Dinner with Cal Clark

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Gramado January 22nd 2008

On January 23, we leave Cedar Rapids for a 10 day trip to Brazil. Pastor Rich will be speaking at ABWE's All Brazil Conference. We are looking forward to ministering to 65 missionary family units. We will try to update you with pictures as the days go by. Jeff and Sheri Lesh, chairman of the missions team, will be traveling with us.... read more

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