Saturday, July 18, 2015

Amazon Adventures - Day 10

We arrived in Rio Branco at 1:30 a.m.  on Tuesday, June 30th, and our bus out didn't leave until 9 p.m. What does one do for almost 20 hours in an unknown city? Pr. Francisco had called a pastor friend of his there and he said we were supposed to call him when we got in....but does one really call an unknown person at 1:30 in the morning? A taxi to the bus station was way too expensive and buses didn't start running until 5:30 a.m. Should we call the pastor there? While we were trying to decide Pr. Francivaldo pulled up and started loading our cases into his car! What an unexpected blessing! How blessed we were by the servant's heart of this dear family! (Pr. Francivaldo Pereira, Rosicleide, Natan and Naira)
Pr. Francivaldo took us to his home and gave us an air conditioned room to sleep in the remainder of the night! We were served a delicious breakfast where we got to try regional foods (like tapioca recheada and baixaria) and then were taken sight seeing. Rio Branco is the capital of Acre with a population of about 309,000.
We visited the church he started and built.
We also visited the New Tribes Mission Compound there.
After a delicious lunch we rested in the afternoon and then they took us out to try a famous Amazon dish called "tacacá". This dish is a savoury broth thickened with manioc starch and has dried shrimp and green leaves (kind of like kelp) in it. It is served piping hot!
Some people say that the leaves make ones tongue and lips tingle or kind of numb. It didn't to me, but to Stephen it did a little. It really tastes better than it looks!
Then for dessert we had a delicious dish of "açaí cremoso" topped with sweetened condensed milk and cream! It was delicious! Açaí is a fruit common to the Amazon region and very nutritious (maybe without all the sweetened condensed milk and cream?) It is very dark purple and has a "muddy" aftertaste.
Pr. Francivaldo took us to the bus station and we left at 9:00 p.m. for the 24 hour trip to Vilhena, Rondonia to visit another missionary family our church supports there. We will never forget the lessons learned from the Pereira family on hospitality! May God richly bless them!

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