Happy New Year from Belo Horizonte! We were very glad to speak with all of you at Christmas (with the exception of John and Kate due to internet problems here). Thank you for thinking about us. John, we are still trying to think of who should experience the instant snow that you sent!
With Christmas, New Years, and the end of the school year, many people are traveling. As a result, we have spent more time recently trying to find members on the ward lists. Some are excited to receive a visit and return to church after many years. There are days when we feel that we are lead to specific neighborhoods in response to prayers of those seeking to return. We also find that more than one quarter of the people on the list has moved. Of course, there are those who are not interested in returning to church at this time. Many of these have not received a visit in years. However, they often welcome us into their homes and they will have a photo of their baptism and the missionaries that taught them in a prominent place. The saddest group are those who have passed away unbeknownst to the ward (the number has now risen to >10 during our visits).
The weather has turned extremely hot. Being north of the Tropic line and just past December 21, there are no shadows at midday as the sun is directly overhead. We value shade when available, hospitality when given, short waits at bus stops, and the corner markets for cold water.
That’s all for now.