After boarding the “Missing Linq” bus, we’re happy to report we’ve arrived safely in Sao Paulo, Brazil!

It was exhilarating to watch this journey through the eyes of our students! From first flights to first field tests of their Portuguese, this was just the beginning of many new experiences. One of which was kisses and hugs as they were greeted by their host families. As the host families showed up, you could feel the warmth as parents called out for their (your) “sons and daughters” for the next two weeks. Many of them took the day off from work to ensure their new family members had a wonderful first day in the Sao Paulo.


A few students joined us for lunch in the college food court and quickly learned that ordering by number is as elementary in Portuguese as in English. Some were familiar, such as eggplant and fried chicken, but we also enjoyed some Virado a Paulista, a traditional Sao Paolo dish with beans, meat and greens, and Farofa, a mix of cornmeal, spices and sausage. It’s just the beginning of a culinary adventure!

If you are reading this before morning, pray everyone sleeps well.  We’ll all meet back up at 9am (8am your time) to start our day with a “Welcoming Ceremony” with students and staff at the University (Universidade Methodist de Sao Paulo).

Julie Rushik and Erv Starr

Categories: Brazil 2018


Shona Benson · May 8, 2018 at 1:54 am

So nice to see their smiling faces after their long trip! Praying for you as the Lord stretches you the next few weeks!

    Amy Kovach · May 8, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you for your prayers–we were so blessed with smooth travel!

Jess · May 8, 2018 at 2:19 pm

So glad you guys made it safely and were warmly greeted by your hosts! Thanks for the update!

    Amy Kovach · May 8, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks friend!!!!!

Lisa Torrell · May 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Amy, Thank you for the pictures! So glad everything is going well so far! We are praying for you all to have a joy filled trip! “May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God: may they be happy and joyful.” Psalm 68:3

    Amy Kovach · May 9, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    You are welcome. We are having a wonderful time and we so appreciate your prayers!

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