No Snow Days

Hey it’s Ellie!

No we have not moved yet. None of us want to be here for winter. Not that we want to leave everybody, it’s that we have been waiting so long and we are ready to go to Brazil.  Also, it is hard here during the winter.  One thing that is kind of cool, we sometimes wake up to a frozen lake.   One thing that is not cool is we do not have snow days from school, because we do not get picked up from a school bus that stinks! So really there is no plus side of getting snow for homeschool. And, as far as homeschool goes, I mean it’s not that fun we do regular subjects just like everyone else. A lot of people always say “oh I want to be home schooled” and I say you are not missing out on anything. Except, maybe sleep. We get to sleep until 8:30 in the morning! Yay!



Ellie <3

Allergies and Alphabet

Hello! These past two days I have been sick( Which is not so fun). Hopefully in Brasil I have no allergies. That would make my life simply amazing. Speaking of Brazil, Ellie and I learned our Portuguese alphabet which is pretty exciting stuff. Okay well, not the learning it  part. Mom made us say it over and over and over and finally we said it all correct, and then she made us say it one more time for good measures haha. Other than that there is nothing else new. Just school and Portuguese and trying to feel better at the moment. I hope you all are doing great!

<3 Kenna

The Portuguese Rapper

We all know that one crazy person who likes to sing all the time. Not just here and there, but they always find something to sing about or some kind of song to fit the mood. Okay, maybe we don’t all have that friend, but I have that sister! Ellie can find anything and everything to sing about. Doing some dishes turns out to be a number one hit around here! haha! She is a mess.

I always told myself  I would never be that person who sings ALL the time about the stupidest stuff. Well, never did I know I am that person now…. With me studying Portuguese all the time I am always finding a word that is just so fun to say! For example here lately it has been abacaxi (pineapple) and frango (chicken). Yes I know, laugh it up, my favorite words are foods.

They just come out so awesome, I can’t help but say them all the time. The other day we were sitting here doing school work everything was going normal ( well as normal as it gets around here) when I decided it is necessary to rap some Portuguese words. I was telling mom that when I rap in Portuguese it sounds so legit like I am saying some serious stuff! haha! I crack myself up.  Eu comer frango e ABACAXI tudo dia! ( I eat chicken and pineapple all day). I never knew learning another language would be this much fun. Well that’s whats new in my life. (:

<3 Kenna

Freaky False Cognates


A neat thing I have been learning about in Portuguese is that a lot of words sound similar or look the same. For example, the word animal is the same in English and Portuguese. This is called a cognate.

But let me tell you some of them are not.  It is freaky! Like, delito does not mean delight. It means crime. This is called a false cognate.

I have also learned about suffixes.  They have similar suffixes to English.  English has “an” and Portuguese has “ano”.    For example, American and Americano.

Ellie <3

Elise’s first blog post. We are using this as part of her Portuguese curriculum. It reinforces her learning as well as lets us document this part of our journey into the mission field. – Amanda

The Summit is Coming!

The summit is coming, the summit is coming!


The Abolition Summit 2014- Exodus Cry- August 6th-8th- be there or be square.

While we are still waiting here in the States,  an entire movement has activated in Brazil. The Liberdade Movement. Liberdade means Freedom. This movement of prayer and outreach is bringing freedom to those entrapped in a vicious snare of human trafficking; slavery.  Our family has been praying and keeping ourselves updated with this movement (And if I am honest I am a little jealous we have not gotten to participate yet). I am so proud of our church in Brazil throwing themselves into this ministry. They are learning, praying, participating, and reaching out all for the glory of the Lord.

The words of God given to the church, “The same hands lifted in worship, extended to help”, have come to life yet again. Hallelujah!!

In a few weeks, Jason and I will attend the Summit in Kansas City. We are very enthused to be attending this conference and look forward to receiving what the Holy Spirit has waiting for us concerning prevention, intervention, and restoration of human trafficking and its victims.

Modern slavery, or human trafficking, is an issue all around the world. It is creeping into many cultures as the “norm”.  We want to be educated even more in this area. We want to make ourselves available for the Lord to use in this cause. We cry Liberdade for all!  

For more information about the summit please visit

If you would like to know more about the cause, please visit

If you would like to visit with Jason and I concerning the issue of slavery, please feel free to contact us. We would love to talk and set up a viewing of the movie “Nefarious” for you and your small group or church. This movie is definitely inspired by God and enlightens its viewers to the world of human trafficking and the glory of God. For God is surely a light in this darkness.

John 1:5 “ The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

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