Read in our first newsletter of the year 2015 about our activities!
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It's a typical Saterdaymorning. Efraim is watching cartoons on tv and Jander is listening to music on the couch (he did not go to the project as he is sick), so great moment for me to get behind the computer screen and write a newsletter. It is really hot now, it just rained a lot, but the sun has come back alreadu. We can't complain, we have had quite a few tropical rains here, hopefully it will continue a bit more as after rains season we are headed for a lot of dry months! 
 
The year only starts after carnaval....
That is the motto of a lot of Brazilians. Sounds festive and like a lot of fun, but it practically means you can't resolve or start anything until the end of February.... Here the Carnaval starts weeks before the actual date and when Carnaval is there, the whole country turns into an outrageous party. Because of this I did not mange to meet with the Health Secretary of Aquiraz. I wanted to set up a meeting about my project. After lots of call I finally got an answer: "call back after Carnaval".....But finally in the last week of February I had a meeting with her, and my project was welcomed with open arms and lots of enthusiasm. We will be starting groups for pregnant teenagers in the local healthclinics! After researching we determined the clinic with the biggest number of pregnant teens and we will start our pilot there. After this we will start in other clinics as well. It is so special to be able to work together with the local health services and in this way we are able to reach many more girls! 
Compassion



 
       
In February I also started some translating work for Compassion. To get new sponsors for the children in the projects they works with, they started a pilot where they will be making a video of all the new children that need sponsors. It is a short interview with the kids where we ask them what their name is, how old they are, what they like to eat and what they want to be when they grow up. The videos are in English/Portuguese and I was one of the translators who did the interviews with the kids. It was very exiting to be able to be a part of this. We have travelled around all of Fortaleza and surroundings, visited dozens of projects and interviewed hundreds of children! 
Jander started studying in the beginning of this year. His goal is to finish the 3 remaining last years of highschool all within this year. It is a special program where he only needs to go to school once a week to get his book, hand in his assignments and do a test, the rest is all studying at home. Quite a challenge, but so far he has past all is tests! So far so good! We are proud of him!

 
In february Jander met a pastor who also works in the youthprisons. They will be working together to reach the youth that are in this dificult situation. They are meeting now to determine how they can work together and discuss strategy. It is amazing to see how God is giving us all these new contacts!

And ofcourse Jander continues to teach guitar in 2 diferent projects. He really enjoys doing this. You can find plenty of pictures on his facebook or instagram!  

Efraim is enjoying school, he has a nice teacher and loves to play with his friends after school before we 
pick him up there. He also has a friend that lives closeby and they can spend days constructing airports  (what else!). Last week they were playing the whole afternoons, running around when Efraim slipped and fell right on his mouth.... Result: 2 broken front teeth!
Jander immediately called a friend who is a dentist and we could come right away. I took 2 pieces we had found but unfortunately there were pieces missing still. One tooth she restored, the other one was broken so far it had exposed the root.
 It was hurting so she had to do a root canal treatment! Efraim was very 
courageous! Even though it was his first time at the dentist (as we don't have insurance), he layed quietly in the chair and let the dentist do her work, even though he was hurting!  As his teeth are still growing, he will have to continue treatment. But we are grateful for the blessing of this dentist who blessed us in a huge way!
  

As you could read we are slowly getting back into our new work rythm! We are so grateful for all the new contacts, new challenges and new projects that came on our path. we are also grateful for your support! 

With love from Brazil, Jander, Melanie & Efraim
 
 
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