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TUESDAY, January 27

Mark 6:11 [Jesus said], “If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”

How do you know when you are welcomed? During most of our missions in Brazil, the most we could hope for was the space—physical, temporal, and social—to do our work, or more precisely the work designated by the local community. But since we were not included in events outside our actual work, we often felt isolated and unwelcomed.

Yet in each case, when the time came for us to leave, the outpouring of gratitude and love from the community said otherwise. Ana in Rio de Janeiro burst into tears whenever she encountered us during our final week. Cecília in Santa Rosa hugged us and said her program would never be the same without us.

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