Caio who helps Robert and Silvana with the work at Casa Semear kindly invited all the team to his father’s beach house at Bertioga which is east of Sao Paulo.

After much deliberation and arm twisting a number of us decided within two seconds to take him up on his kind offer Gavin, Craig and Douglas decided to remain and push on with the work as they felt we required to progress the Art Room in order to achieve a completion before we returned home. The rest decided we had really had a very hard weeks work and a day i.e. Saturday to recuperate would keep everyone’s spirits up and make us more effective for the remaining week!!!

The team amicably agreed to split with those who treasured a rest going to the beach house and those who wished to press on with the work remaining at Casa Semear. They did say they would pray for rain so that we did not enjoy ourselves too much!! We decided to leave late on Friday night at approximately 11.00 pm arriving at the coast at 1.30 am rather than have another early start.

The beach house was much more palatial than we expected so we went to bed looking forward to waking up in the morning to glorious sunshine. However the three musketeers had clearly been on their knees most of the night and we woke up to the type of weather conditions one experiences on a Glasgow fair fortnight. We chilled out literary until the rain became a drizzle and ventured down to the beach with our brollies. The tourists looked a bit conspicuous as Brazilians don’t have brollies they just get wet!!

After a sandwich lunch we went with Caio and Dorothy to his favourite surfing beach which involved a short ferry trip and a half hour walk, over the hill arriving eventually at a beautiful sandy beach with large breakers crashing onto the shore. The hardy including the writer ventured into the water to experience the power of the sea it was all great fun. We all had giant pastel’s ( not wax chalk more deep fried pasties very healthy and I don’t think !!)

We all went to bed hoping the three musketeer’s had worked so hard on the Saturday they were in no fit state to pray for further rain and lo it came to pass. The next day was a scorcher so much so even Amie and Esther got up at 7.15am in order to be part of Caio’s party that returned to the surfing beach (Pousada beach).Ray, Ruth, Stuart, Robert and Silvana opted for a longer lie and relaxing time at the pool. Caio gave the early risers surfing lessons Esther tells me she is now a semi pro having stood up first time on the board while Amie feels she requires further practice next stop Tiree!!!

All good things come to an end and we set off for Sao Paulo at lunch time as Caio had to preach at his home Church that evening.

We went to Roberts Church (Portuguese Baptist) in the evening which was a wonderful experience. The worship was up lifting with a Soul Band that had us all swinging. We were warmly welcomed and had to stand to polite applause. The preacher spoke on worship in its fullest context and thanks to an interpreter we were able to enjoy his preaching it was very biblically based and an emotional message.

The team are now refreshed if a little tired from their weekend surfing and swimming exertions but ready to hit the art room and finish the painting of the toilets the last remaining task before we head for home.

Ray on behalf of the group.

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