Sunday, October 28, 2012

#82: Brazil Teresina Mission.

I have written previously about my 6'7 "little" brother, Matthew. Matthew is a great brother, but even more so, he is a great friend. We always have a good time and enjoy being together, even though I refuse to play basketball with him anymore (for obvious reasons).

Well, nothing makes me more proud than to announce that this week Matthew received his mission call to serve in the Brazil Teresina Mission! Despite my personal aversion to Brazilian cheese balls, I could not be happier for Matthew. Brazil is a perfect match for him, particularly because each summer for the last few years, my parents and Matthew have hosted Brazilian foreign exchange students in their home. Matthew has grown to love the Brazilian people (and Brazilian food!), and he feels a special connection to them.

Opening the mission call! Sorry for the "vertical video".

A couple of days ago, Matthew shared the following Facebook message with all of his Brazilian friends:

"I KNOW God sent you guys into my life to help me get prepared for my mission! You guys have been such great friends to me, and you have helped me realize that Brazilians are the best people in the world. I love you, guys! I am so excited that I get to be a part of your country for two years!"

It has been wonderful to read their responses and to realize that they are just as happy to see Matthew as he is to see them. I know that Matthew will do great things in the service of the Lord among the people of Brazil.

Congratulations, bro!
Yes, I realize he got all the good-looking genes in the family.

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