Week of September 14 - September 20, 2015
Working backward this week as sometimes it is easier to start with today's happenings and then reflect over the week. It is Sunday morning and as we had breakfast this morning about 7:30am, we noticed runners on the bridge outside our balcony. They apparently ran from the Vitória side to the Vila Velha side and back continuing to the finish line at the Bomberios (Fire Station) just down the street from our apartment building. What we didn't think about, until we went down to meet our taxi to go to church, is that they had closed our road. We use a phone app called Easy Taxi which uses the GPS to call a taxi and then follows them on GoogleMaps. After about ten minutes of watching the taxi try to work it's way around the road to our apartment, we finally called him and determined a location close by that we could meet without interference from the run. Surprisingly we still made it to church with ten minutes to spare.
|Vitória to Vila Velha 3° Ponte (Third Bridge) Fun Run just below our Apartment Building.|
We read about a Mexican restaurant here in Vitória, so we decided to give it a try on our P-Day. We got our laundry and cleaning done early and took a taxi across town to "Jalapeños" restaurant. Sister Burkinshaw had a burrito, and Elder Burkinshaw had a combo plate with rice, guacamole and chicken stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos. Because they don't have monterrey jack or cheddar cheese, it wasn't quite what we expected. But the peppers were hot, which was nice (for Elder Burkinshaw). So we will stick with Brasilian food with a little American/Mexican at home, tacos and fajitas (Sam's club kits) with homemade salsa, but for the next 18 months, no cheese!
|P-Day lunch at Jalapeños Restaurant - an outdoor setting but fortunately we had a cool breeze.|
|Walmart in Vitória (courtesy of Google Maps streetview)|
We love our association with these young missionaries, who are truly an inspiration. Several months ago in Teófilo Otoni, we had planned to take Elder Nascimento out for pizza for his birthday but unfortunately, the week before, he was transferred. This week, Elder Nascimento, from São Paulo, had to come into the office on Tuesday for supplies and we were able to take him and his companion, Elder Aguayo, from Ecuador, to Dominos for a belated birthday celebration. We told Elder Aguayo that Uncle Tony served in Ecuador back when there was one mission that was made into two. We had a nice visit and learned there are now five missions in Ecuador and a temple. It was a great blessing to spend time with these two dedicated missionaries.
|A belated birthday celebration for Elder Nascimento who served with us in Teófilo Otoni (right) and his companion Elder Aguayo, who is from Ecuador. Dominos is a missionary favorite!|
|Elder Carvalho's sweet chocolate gift to us, a Maçã do Amor (Apple of Love).|
|The coastline from our walking path with the bridge from Vitória to Vila Velha in the background.|
|Our small winged friends along the path of our morning walk.|
|Our larger bird friends that accompany us on our morning stroll along the beach.|
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve in such a beautiful place. We see great progress each week and are reminded that the harvest is great but the laborers are few. It is an honor to be a part of this great work along with our nephews Yuri Burkinshaw (Atlanta, GA), Austin Vaclaw (Milan, Italy) and niece Lisa Burkinshaw (Bakersfield, CA).