I know Amy just posted something from me but I thought I'd catch everyone, especially the families of our missionaries, up on what's going on here.
First we had a wonderful visit from extended family. These visits add an extra ray of sunshine to our lives. And even more than the delicious American food they brought, their company was so loved and appreciated!
Our visit from Elder Cook was cancelled, but it's just as well. With the strikes going on here he probably couldn't have made it to Piracicaba anyway.
As many of you are probably aware, the truckers are on strike here. They're striking against the outrageous hike in gas prices as well as the general government corruption. So far the work hasn't been too greatly affected. Howard has given the missionaries extra money so they can stock up on rice, beans, spaghetti, etc. We have been blessed to be able to find the gas we need when necessary and have been walking and working from home most of the time. Everything has been peaceful, with just an occasional march with honking horns etc. We feel safe and we feel that our missionaries are safe. We continue to pray for this wonderful country and people and keep an eye on our missionaries and how they're being affected. We continue to have our leadership counsels and zone conferences. We did have a pair of sisters who got stuck in a city away from home, but were able to stay with the sisters there and make it home the next day. The missionaries have also complained that since their investigators don't have gas they're staying home and having family parties. This is disappointing but we know that "no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing".
We love you all!