Thursday, May 24, 2012

The life of an MK - an insider's view

Meet Daniel
Age:  10
Location:  Sao Jose, SC, Brazil
Grade: 5
Language:  English, Portuguese
Current favorite hobbies:  Futebol (Soccer) and Xadrez (Chess), riding bike to school

      Daniel leaves home at 7:40 each morning to  ride 10 minutes on his bike to school.  He takes a pre-paid cell phone that he can use to call us if he runs into trouble.  He studies from 8-12noon.  He is excelling in Math and Geography and doing well in Portuguese, History, Science, Art and English.  He was a little sad to get a 9 in English instead of a 10 on his first report card.   He wonders how he could only get a 9 when he speaks better English than the teacher?  Right now his school P.E. area is under construction so they are learning chess.  Daniel is growing to love this great classic game.

Favorites about church:  Current competition in Jr. Class and Memorization of Isaiah 53
Dislike about church:  Being too old for a kids class on Sunday night

Daniel is a huge help at church.  He runs the power point for services on Sunday night and Wednesday night.  He often invites friends to come to church with him.  He loves our new Junior class on Wednesday nights where the teacher is holding a big competition.  Daniel is very competitive and is thriving with the challenge.  One way to earn points is to memorize  Isaiah 53.  In three and a half weeks he has memorized half the chapter.  I (Mom) am so thankful for his  insatiable desire to memorize. (I have been so challenged by him that I am working on it with him!)  

 Favorite thing about living in Brazil:  Learning new things (like chess), speaking another language,

                                                                    and making afternoon coffee
Worst thing about living in Brazil:  People cussing at him and bullying him because he is a foreigner

Two afternoons a week Daniel participates in a soccer club.  He is really enjoying learning the techniques of the game.  He prides himself on the fact that he made goals in all but 3 games. 
Favorite thing to do around the house:  Watch TV, play an online game, practice soccer,  
Goals:  to memorize lots of verses, and to save money to buy something electronic from America

I have been touched to see Daniel's love for his brother.  Reading to him at night, teaching him to play chess, are just some of the special ways that he shows love. 
"Pray for me and Hannah to get along better."  

 Yesterday he took me out for afternoon coffee.  While we were out, I asked him if I could do a blog on him.  He agreed and then I asked him for some prayer requests.  Here is what he shared:

1.  That he would control his mouth at school and stay quiet when provoked. 
2.  That his friends and their families would be saved so they can know God and live for Him.
3.  To do well at school.

The life of a bi-culture kid is not always easy, but Daniel says he is doing ok. 


Phil Taylor said...

Grandpa & Granna really enjoyed reading about your life, Daniel, as an MK in Brazil...really cool...thanks for sharing your life and your prayer requests...we are and will be prayin...

Grandmap & Granna Taylor

Gretchen said...

I LOVE this post!!!! Seriously a genius idea!!!

Mark and Laura said...

Daniel, we are so proud of the young man you are growing up to be. We love your desire to memorize, never stop. God will bless you for your hard work. Thanks for allowing your mom to write this post about you and for sharing a little of your heart. We love and miss you but know that God is doing great things through your family. Keep up your hard work!

Aunt Hula and Uncle Mark
Andrew, Josiah, & Abigail