Author: Mara

Re-defining Failure

I still do not speak Portuguese well, and recently, I realized that I tend to speak only when spoken to or if necessary. Knowing that this was a bad habit to [...]

What Did I Say?! (Take 2)

While we are making strides in understanding and speaking Portuguese, we still have a long ways to go. For example, I need to memorize another thousand words [...]

Taking Advantage of a Baby

One thing that we do here to begin relationships is try to find creative ways to get involved in people’s lives. Recently, our partner, Isabel, discovered [...]

Truth or Fairy-tale?

Have you ever noticed that when you release your life to God, that from your point of view, it feels as if He messes it up more often than He makes it better? [...]

What Did I Say?!

I am getting better and better at asking for items in Portuguese, but I’m discovering that the more you know, the more mistakes you are likely to make. Every [...]

Confessions of a Control Freak

Actually, I didn’t realize just how much of a control freak I was until we made it to the mission field. Oh, I knew I liked to have things organized, and I [...]

A Cultural Sidenote 7

Portugal’s oldest urban folk music genre is fado. Fado was just recognized by UNESCO on November 30th, 2011. The origins of fado are unknown, but one popular [...]

A Cultural Sidenote (5)

November 11, the Portuguese will celebrate St. Martin's Day.  The feast day is named after St. Matins of Tours, who started out as a Roman soldier. He was [...]

A Cultural Sidenote (6)

One of the niceties that my mother despaired teaching me was tact. I firmly believed that you should say what you truly thought; not what you thought [...]

Pastor Appreciation Month in Portugal

Many of you are wrapping up Pastor Appreciation Month. While it is a new tradition, most people seem to agree that it is a good one. In the busyness of life, [...]