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Holidays in João Pessoa!

October 25th, 2009


Holidays in João Pessoa!

Tati, Dona Buba, and Thiago

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Yes, that’s right… Finally I got holidays! Being freelancer, I’m my own boss and my own worker, either. It seems to be really good, but I’m such an evil boss, because I never gave myself a holiday (or vacation)! Trully! And since we married, 4 years ago, Nando and I never had our honeymoon… So, I believe we deserved this trip. We spent 5 days in João Pessoa, Paraiba (about 191 km from Natal).

One thing that’s certain… João Pessoa is pretty much better than Natal. I’m in love with this city, and have to confess I’m planning to move there. Cost of living is very cheaper, specially speaking about real state. Beaches are wonderful, all city is wooded and people are nice! I’m not saying that as tourist… Natal, where I live, is really crappy! (more…)

What it’s like living in João Pessoa

September 12th, 2009

Tom and Luciana Stowe: We are full-time evangelical missionaries in Brazil in a city called João Pessoa where we are starting a new work for the Lord. Our goal is to plant many churches throughout the region, filling the Northeast of Brazil (the least reached region in the country) with Bible-teaching churches to help people to know Jesus.

What it’s like living in João Pessoa

Toms blog1I have to admit, I really have very little idea of what people think about us living here in João Pessoa. I have never conducted a survey or even casually asked around to get people’s opinions about the subject. I do know however, that most of the Americans that I talk to about Brazil think it is this tropical paradise and that we are living this beautiful life soaking up the rays at the beach. Of course, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In preparing to write this, I felt a strange sense of fear because I know that people have all sorts of opinions of what missionaries are supposed to be like or how they should think. They can never be negative because they are serving the Lord. I know that I could upset readers and possibly even lose supporters of our ministry because of what would be perceived as complaining. But I want to write about what life is really like here and the things we really experience on a daily or weekly basis. So here we go. (more…)

Capital of my New Love, Forro

August 5th, 2009


So all 5 of us pile back into out little tiny rental car, and head northward to João Pessoa.

Sadly we were only in João Pessoa for a day, but the city was wonderful and I really did fall in love. We arrived, had a fantastic rice and beans lunch on the beach, took a break and found our way down town. We went chasing a proported local festival celebrating the cities birthday…we didn´t find it, but we did find a FANTASTIC little bar in the middle of an abandoned not so good part of town. It was actually a bar/political head quarters for a guy running for local office (don´t ask him how he got an office…with a bar in it) and we happened upon a impromptu rehearsal of a band, who were actually really good and rocking out. So we hung out there and listened to them jam for a while before heading back towards the beach part of town.

So now seems like a good break to tell you all about the local music and dance style that I fell in love with when I was in these wonderful northeastern beach towns. The music is called Forró (pronounced foha), and is typical in the northeast region of Brasil. The one of the most spectacular things about the music and dance, besides it simply being wonderful in itself, is the origins of the name. (more…)

Why I chose Joao Pessoa

April 28th, 2009

snowplowWhen it snowed where we lived in the US, we would often find a wall of ice and snow at the end of our driveway – sometimes as high as 8 feet tall. It had been created by the snowplow clearing the road. There was no way to get out. Just part of the way of life there.

Here in João Pessoa that snow is only a distant memory. And because we are on the tip of the NE peninsula of Brazil, jutting out into the ocean, we have breeze and cooler temperatures than one would expect this close to the equator. Temperatures in the hottest and most humid times of year are far more comfortable here than in Florida. The weather is pleasant year round – so much so that I can’t even say that I prefer one season over another.

Before we found João Pessoa, we had been uncomfortable about events and trends in the US, and had been looking for another place to be. We were leaning toward the southern hemisphere, since so much was going on in the northern hemisphere around toxins, radioactive explosions, global warming, and war, and as the earth spins it drags all that from east to west. So we investigated one country after another in South America, but everywhere we looked we found either climate or politico-social reasons not to live there. (more…)

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