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Jungle bananas!  Better tasting than any you can find in the grocery store, and pesticide-free!  

Becoming: The Journey to Lose Myself in an Amazon Village

Since I started this series and then took a long break from writing it, although I did not take a break from the ACL/Becoming experience, here are links to the first three parts.

You may want to skim them in order to refresh your memory.  Please re-read at least part 1 if you would.  On Friday morning I will jump back into regular weekly posting with Part 4 – Becoming – Pass the Ps, Please.

Part 1 – Becoming – Introduced

Part 2 – Becoming…An ACL Addict

Part 3 – Becoming. Homes, Sweet Homes

Something else even more exciting than a new post in this blog series is also happening Friday morning.  Dad, Mom and three of my brothers will be arriving for a visit!  Except for Josiah, who visited me in São Paulo in 2012, this will be their very first time in Brasil!  They began their trip a few hours ago, so please be praying for safe travels for them, ability to sleep some on the way, and a wonderful reunion here.

We plan to proceed to the village on Saturday.  My friends there are very eager to meet more of my family and share some special experiences with us.  It will be an unforgettable week in the jungle, for sure!

What a blessing that God is once again bringing my very different worlds and realities together.  Reflecting on the way our loving Heavenly Father makes dream after dream come true takes my breath away and brings a tear or two of joy.  It is always so special to have my beloved family meet the precious families in other cultures that God has placed me in.

And he [Jesus] said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.  Luke 18:29, 30

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Last week, God brought my Brasilian dad all the way to Lewis County to visit the Cross family, as part of a 25-day trip to various places in the USA.   Not sure what my two dads were up to, but looks like they were having fun together!  
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And, while they were eating breakfast at “Briana’s restaurant,” I called them from the farm near the village, and was pleasantly surprised that it “just happened” to be during Dalvino’s visit.  There are no such thing as coincidences.  What fantastic timing on God’s part!  

There is a lot more that could be said about our plans for the next 10 days, God’s lovingkindness, and the incredible ways He blesses those who leave home to serve Him.  Someone else will have to say it though, because this missionary needs to get off the computer to do some more shopping and baking and cleaning and planning.  The Cross crew’s a-comin’!