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        Someone has handed you this information to you because you are interested in missions. I’m excited that you are
    considering working with street kids in Brazil through Hope for the Children of the Street (HCS). Jack and Penny
    Oyler organized HCS in Manaus, Brazil, working full-time showing their love and concern for these kids. These kids
    need food, shelter, and, medical treatment. But most important, they need Jesus as their savior.
       I don’t know your calling. God may be working on you for short-term, full-term or project missions somewhere in
    between. Short-term mission work gives us a chance to help where God leads us, using the resources available at hand,
    and possibly serving as a stepping stone to bigger opportunities.
       This manual is set up for short-term missions of only a few days or weeks duration in Brazil. If you’re interested in
    working on something longer, please talk with HCS directly.
        I think this manual contains most of the information you’ll need to decide if you want to come along with us on the
    next trip. Several projects exist within the scope and goals Jack and Penny have in Manaus / Manacapuru area.
    These projects and the conditions in which we will work are explained here along with the requirements f or the trip.
    When you decide to join us, just fill out the “Intent to Participate” form in the Sign Up section, and we will start the
    process together.
       Should you have any questions please talk to the person who handled you this booklet or contact HC S. I look
    forward to seeing you involved with our next trip.

    In Christ

    Mike Hurd

    Hope for the Children of the Street
    Participation Manual — Short -Term Projects

     Introduction ………………………………………………………                                 3
       What is HCS?
             Organization………………………………………………                             4
             Mission, Vision and Purpose Statement ……………...             5
             Principles …………………………………………………                             6
             Core Values ……………………………………………..                            7
       1).Sign Up Section
           Project Overview: There are a few rules in order to go.
             Code of Conduct ………………………………………...                         8
             Performance Standard ………………………………….                        9
             Cost ……………………………………………………….                                10
             Shots, Medications, and Precautions …………………                11
             Brazilian Environment …………………………………..                      12
             Some things you should know………………………….                     13
         Explanation of All Documents that are Needed ……………             14
         Passport ………………………………………………….                            15
         Visa and Minor Letter …………………………………..                    16
         Donations ………………………………………………...                          16
    Forms that Need to be filled out
         Intent to Participate with HCS ………………………….               17
         Passport application …………………………………….                     18
         Visa application ………………………………………….                       19
         Minor Letter authorization ………………………………                  20
 Participation Section --Okay you‘re convinced, now what?
         Due Dates and Deadlines………………………………                      22
         How about getting together? …………………………..
   40 days of study without being in the wilderness……………          23
         Testimony Prep ………………………………………….                         23
         Devotional Prep …………………………………………                         26
         Our Prayer List (We all need it!) ………………………              27
         Prayer List for Partners while we are gone……………          28
   Check Lists — Now what was I looking for??
         Personal ………………………………………………….                            29
         Recommended and Misc. …………………………..….                     30
         Document Pouch List w/Pouch…………………………                    31
         Project / Group …………………………………………..                       32
 Follow-up Section (You even prepare to come back home)..         34
         Contact Numbers and Email addresses………………                35
         Trip Report (Tell ‗em how well their prayers worked!).   36
         Thank-You Letter (to supporters and donators)………         37
         Example letter (Mike and daughter‘s 1999)…………..          38
         Gift Ideas …………………………………………………                           40
         Journal Pages……………………………………………                           41

Introduction           HCS Manual – Short -Term Projects

This trip has a serious purpose, but we hope to have lots of fun as we accomplish all God has
laid out for us. Paul talks about running the race of life in such a way as to win the prize. This
trip, like our relationship with Christ, involves desire (heart), knowledge (mind), preparation
(body), and dedication (soul). So, it‘s only fair that you know what you‘re getting into. God asks
us to count the cost before we commit to the plan before us so we can complete the task. So
your question may be ―Can I go?‖

This manual tries to let you know some answers to your questions as you count the cost. We
understand that international projects may not be for everyone, but if God is calling you to this
project (―Yes, you may go!‖) then the better question is ―How do I prepare?‖

There are three sections in this HCS Manual.
1.Sign – Up The first is to help you understand what you need to know to commit to the trip.

3.The Participation Section, the second assumes you‘re committed to the project, but simply
   need to know what to take and when to show up!
5.Follow -Up Section Last, but not least, this section tries to prepare you to come home. If
   you haven‘t been before, it can be sometimes upsetting, and take a little getting used to
   coming back to our modern abundant lives after being with the local Brazilian people who
   many times just barely get by. There are also some good ideas to say thank you to those
   people who supported you with prayer and giving as well as the person who stayed home
   with the kids or had to mow the lawn while you were gone!

Should you have questions, there are a number of people who would love to talk to you about
a trip they went on including the person who gave you this book (even if it doesn‘t have
anything to do with your questions). Ask and keep asking until you get an answer. That helps
us to update this information, too. There‘s also a Web Site to look through that has more
information about Brazil, the kids, and HCS specifically. Go to: www.hope4streetkids.org

The next few pages of information are taken directly from Jack‘s initial Web site for HCS
explaining the mission work and their relationship to the kids.

What is HCS? Organization

Hope for the Children of the Street
                           Esperança para as Crianças da Rua
Hope for the Children of the Street, is a small group of Christians, here in Brazil and also in the
USA who are working to help the Street Children of Manaus, Brazil. Pr. Jack and Penny Oyler,
founders of HCS and full-time Independent Baptist Missionaries, along with an ever-growing
Family of ―Volunteers of Faith‖ are presently providing food and clothes, to approx. 50 Children
of the Street. God is blessing this Ministry, and every day we are becoming more aware of our
Lord‘s great love for these Children and us. We ask for your prayers and support, as we move
into our fourth year of this new work with the ―Criancas da Rua.‖ (Children of the Street).

Photo above: Pr. Jack, Penny and the first group of boys.   ...

Hope for the Children of the Street (HCS) is a charitable (not-for-profit) organization legally
operating in the USA and Brazil. Our Home Office is located in Florence, Mississippi. HCS
does not engage in political activity. We recognize that the phenomenon of the street-children
is the product of complex social problems to which there are no easy answers. Our aim is to
support the Brazilian people as they take the initiative in caring for the most disadvantaged of
their children.

We believe that no human being is ‗disposable‘ and that every person is precious to God. We
are therefore concerned to ensure that each child is cared for as an individual, with his or her
own special needs. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we pray we will be able to not
only save the lives of many children, but make it one worth living through the provision of love,
care, education and Christian training:

This is a new work, and we need your prayers and support....
……. It is a never-ending work,…….. as we help Children to leave
                                   the streets,……. new ones take their place.

Mission and Purpose
 We who recognize God‘s providence and fidelity to his people are dedicated to living by
  ―Faith‖, and to share that faith among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute
  respect and unconditional love. That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the
  street, and to protect and safeguard all children.
 Just as Jesus Christ in his humanity is the visible sign of God‘s presence among his
  people, so our efforts together in the ―HCS-Volunteers of Faith‖ family are a visible sign that
  effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our

   As the return of our Lord Jesus approaches, Hope for the Children of the Street, will
    continue to fulfill its mission by providing shelter and services to children and youth who are
    homeless or at great risk. Our services are offered to all youth that seek help, with a priority
    of concern and commitment to those for whom no other service is available.
   We will make every effort to reunite children with their families.
   We will collaborate with community agencies and associations and actively participate in
    community efforts to improve the condition of families and children.
   We will advocate with and on behalf of youth to raise awareness in the community about
    their suffering.

“Our mission is based on faith in an ALMIGHTY and LOVING GOD, and the
belief that all children and youth have a right to receive love, respect and genuine
concern. Our individual and shared faith and spirituality will permeate all of our

Principles: Our work with the Street Children is based on 5 core principles, they are the
foundation we build from.
 Immediacy
       The principle of Immediacy is related to the aspects that must be a priority for the street boys
       and girls. Children come to us in crisis. Children that come to our program are abandoned both
       materially and, particularly, emotionally. Immediately, without questions and no other
       requirements but the child‘s acceptance, we meet their basic human needs - a hot, nutritious
       meal; a shower; clean clothes; medical attention, and a safe place away from the perils of the
       street. The importance of the principle of Immediacy is based on identifying the priorities for the
       children. With the principle of Immediacy we take the first step in the journey of giving Hope
       back to the children.
   Sanctuary
       The children who come to us are generally frightened and mistrustful. Our role is to protect them
       from the perils of the street. Youngsters can only grow when they feel safe and secure. The
       trust that a child deposits in the educators and in the adults that surrounded him must be
       protected as the child‘s right to his intimacy. Sanctuary, by definition, creates an environment of
       trust. In saying trust we are talking about the security and discretion we offer and we want to
       receive from anyone. The principle of sanctuary involves unconditional respect for the children‘s
       intimacy, without making value judgments regarding the person or his or her actions. Absolute
       respect for the child, separate from the information that they may give,… whether we believe it
       or not,… without making the child feel uncomfortable with unnecessary questions and without
       making value judgments regarding the child‘s actions.
   Value Communication
       Lying, cheating, and stealing are common survival tools on the street. We teach the children, by
       example, that caring relationships are based on Faith in God, trust, respect and honesty. The
       values we propagate are love, respect, honesty, sincerity, solidarity, justice, responsibility, etc.
       These Values are both a belief and an alternative lifestyle. When we try to change an attitude or
       conduct, we have to suggest and create alternatives together with the children.
   Structure
       Children on the street never know how they will find their next meal or where they will sleep. We
       provide a regular schedule that gives them the stability they need in order to focus on the future.
       In HCS - the structure is based on the principles, guidelines, rules, limits, and agreements that
       make possible its operation. Finally, to give an alternative to the chaos that involves living on
       the streets, We establish clear expectations in each program and define the necessary limits to
       distinguish HCS- from the streets.
   Choice
       We think that any boy or girl that decides to abandon their home and family to live on the
       streets, are capable of differentiating between several options and choose the most convenient,
       even if in the end their option is to live on the streets. Young people often feel powerless to
       control their lives, and fall into a self—defeating cycle of failure. We encourage children to
       believe in themselves and to make serious choices about their future. Under the principle of
       Choice, HCS wants the child to take the decisions from his or her personal conviction and not
       from an external imposition, so the child feels ownership of the HCS Process.

Core Values. Our belief in a provident God compels us to:
    Love: To treat everyone with unconditional love.
    Respect: To treat everyone with absolute respect.
    Service: To help all that ask for help and serve those children at greatest risk.
    Advocacy: To protect and safeguard all children and speak out on their behalf.
    Family: To support families and reunite children with their families whenever possible.
In HCS, we establish a commitment that not only means a promise, but the strong will to do something
concrete for the children we serve. This is a commitment that leads us to serve street children, whom
rarely have been served. We call the ―Volunteers of Faith‖ those who give their responsible and
conscious help to others, with respect and unconditional love. Throughout their short lives, these street
boys and girls have been shouted at and abused, considered worthless in a world where love is always
conditioned. Where ―I love you because I expect something from you; I‘m interested in your body, your
money or anything that I could profit from‖. Where the street children are seen as objects that can be
HCS is here so the children know they have someone offering them unconditional love, based on
honesty and mutual respect. We, those who work here, are responsible to transmit and develop, along
with the children, this new form of living and human relationships. These messages of HCS cannot be
found on the streets.

We love street children, expelled from their homes; unaccented. Children whose lives have been a
continuous tragedy and whom no longer believe in love. It is these unprotected children whom we
choose to serve, and to any child who comes to our door, we give the protection and care he or she

We have the task to educate the children as if they were our own flesh and blood. Unconditional love
has no limits and leads us to say ―Because we love you, we tell you that what you are doing could
make you unhappy or cause you harm‖. Love has the right to demand. It is love that allows us to
indicate the harm that a child may do to himself, it is in this moment when we have to intervene. Only
from the commitment of love it is possible to demand, that is, to ask for the reasons for this or that
attitude or action.

We understand the Faith Covenant that God establishes with His people, as an always present and
unconditional bond of love between Him to all of us. Following His example and filled with His spirit,
HCS and the ―Volunteers of Faith‖ decide to make the commitment to serve street children as a result
of His love. Far from being just a program made up of people, HCS has all the characteristics of a
―Family ―in which Volunteers play a major roll. We understand, we are all necessary and, despite our
occasional differences, we work for a common goal. As God in His infinite goodness never abandoned
His people, we feel that the child can get angry, insult us, and reject the love that we give to him/her,
etc., but yet we still love him/her. We neither will abandon ―our‖ people... the STREET CHILDREN.

It is the kind of love that can not be negotiated, the one that does not ask for anything. The child has
the right to be loved for the simple fact of being.

  † Please pray about becoming a part of “HCS-Volunteers of Fai†h” and
  come to help us share God‘s love and give Hope back to the…
                                           ……….. ……Children of the Streets

Sign Up Section

Volunteer Code of Conduct
Remember, this is a team effort. To help everyone to have a good and fruitful time in Brazil, some guidelines are
helpful. They‘re good, common sense things you already know, but a reminder doesn‘t hurt. It‘s also helpful to
read them as though you wrote them about yourself and therefore, have committed to them personally.

I will:
   Remember that I‘m a guest of HCS working to influence people for Christ. If someone suggests that my bare
    arms, legs, or back are offensive, then I‘ll cover up. If I‘m offered goat meat or alligator I‘ll try it remembering
    the missionaries prayer: Where You lead me, I will follow; what You feed me, I will swallow!
   Remember that we have come to learn, not to teach. I may run across procedures that I feel are inefficient or
    attitudes that I feel are close minded. I will resist the temptation to inform our hosts about ―the way we do
    things‖. I‘ll be open instead to learn from other people‘s methods and ideas.
   Respect the host country‘s view of Christianity as lived out in their culture. I recognize that Biblical Christianity
    has many faces throughout the world. This trip gives me the opportunity to see and experience faith lived out
    in this setting.
   Develop a servant attitude toward all nationals as well as my teammates. This attitude will help all of us enjoy
    the trip and get a lot done.
   Respect my team leadership and their decisions.
   Respect the work that is going on in the country with the particular people or church with which we might
    work. Our team is here for a short time while HCS and their relationships are here long-term. I will respect
    their knowledge, insights, and instructions as well as those with whom they choose for us to work.
   Refrain from gossiping. I may be surprised at how each person will blossom when freed from the concern that
    others might be passing judgement.
   Refrain from complaining. I know that travel can present numerous unexpected and undesired circumstances,
    but the rewards from conquering these with God‘s provision are innumerable. So instead of whining and
    complaining, I‘ll be prayerful, creative, and supportive.
   Refrain from negative or hostile comments about government politics and politicians.
   Remember not to be exclusive in my relationships. If my sweetheart or spouse is on the team, we will make
    every effort to interact with everyone, not just each other. If I am attracted to another teammate, pursuit of that
    relationship will happen only after we return home.
   Refrain from any activity that could be construed as romantic interest toward a national. I realize that certain
    activities that may seem innocuous in my culture may be inappropriate in others and will both seek and
    accept that evaluation from my leadership.
   Attend all team meetings and preparation.
   Fulfill all logistical requirements including those for passports, shots, finances, etc.
   Abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages or the use of tobacco or illegal drugs while on the trip.

Volunteer Witness Standard
1.We are a team of committed Christians and will support each other I Corinthians 3:9.

2.We believe that we have a mission from God to go and do this work. I Timothy

3.We are dedicated to bringing credit to God through this ministry. 2 Corinthians 6:3

4.We conduct ourselves with wisdom as we utilize this opportunity in representing Christ.
   Colossians 4:5

5.We recognize the importance of being examples of believers in language, appearance, love,
   faith, and purity as we carry high visibility on a trip. I Timothy 4:12.

6.We plan to have fun and enjoy working together in all appropriate ways. Ephesians 5:4

7.We desire every word and deed to be all in the name of Jesus and to the glory of God.
   Colossians 3:17

8.We are linked to prayer partners in our church family and each other.
   I John 5:14

9.We will not fear whatever obstacles we face. Deuteronomy 31:6

10.   We will work, pray, and laugh hard; and we will succeed with this mission.   Proverbs

Costs $ $             So what does a trip like this cost? Summer 2002-$1,750.00
This is usually the first question so I‟ll start with it. In general, figure between $1700 and $2000 per
person. Now, don‘t let the numbers worry you. If God wants you to go then the money will come, but you need to
know what it will run just the same. Pr. Jack and Penny combined, traveled to Brazil over 100 times before they
went as full time Missionaries, they tell us God never failed them once. They have made this trip as simple as
possible by including everything into the trip price except personal gift moneys.

Included in the One trip price:
 Airfare is a big portion of that number and only when the tickets are booked is a final number available. On
    average, expect about $700.00 to 800.00 for international airfare. HCS allows 300.00 for local airfare. Keep in
    touch with the team leader for the best estimate.
  Food is also a big part of the cost. You won‘t eat Brazilian style for all your meals, as your stomach isn‘t
     used to it. Breakfast is great, and has most of the American favorites, along with a wonderful variety of
     tropical fruits. Lunch is usually sandwiches, chips, cookies, drinks and fruit. Evening meals are prepared by a
     Brazilian cook and include many delicious local dishes of fish, chicken and beef. Clean ice, water and plenty
     of soft drinks are also provided by HCS to keep the group healthy and happy.
  Lodging Camp construction groups will have the chance to sleep in hammocks on board the HCS boat, or
     on a floating camp house supported by huge floating logs. At the end of each trip there is one night (possibly
     two, depending on flight schedule) in a nice hotel and a great dinner at one of the better restaurants in
   Visa‟s How much paperwork do you need? HCS takes all the worry out of this step. All you do is send all
      team member passports and complete visa forms to the HCS volunteer coordinator or designated travel
      agent. Application fees for passports, visa, and minor letters (explained later) are included in the trip price.
   Insurance $100,000.00 is taken on each participant so, should anything serious happen to you in country,
      the cost to get you back home is covered.
   In country transportation All travel except personal is paid for by HCS. You will get on an air-conditioned
      bus when you arrive in Manaus and will travel for about 2 hours to Manacapuru. From there you will board
      the HCS boat and take the 30 Min. trip to the camp. The bus laso picks you up when it‘s time to return to
      Manaus, and it will also take you back to the airport for departure.

Other things you may need to know
Do you have frequent flier miles? Domestic travel to our ‗jumping off point‘ (Miami) may be discounted if you have
another way of getting there. Check with the leadership though to make sure the group still goes together.
Arrangements outside those that get the WHOLE group to their destination at the same time are discouraged
because it makes more work for the host family, in this case Jack and Penny Oyler, and the team leaders.

„Miscellaneous‟ is a great category, but usually it comes out of your pocket during the trip. HCS is not
responsible for any changes made by other parties such as airlines. We mention this because it does happen.
When in the city, you are responsible for your snacks, drinks and souvenirs. Things are cheep, so indulge yourself
in some local treats. You need to try and avocado shake or tapioca ice cream from the town center vendors.
Souvenirs can add up quickly. Little Susie needs a T-shirt, Uncle Charlie wants a hammock, and the kid next
door wants one of those BIG machetes (your call). You usually can‘t go home empty handed. There are some
ideas at the back of the book and a place to track your own ideas. If you‘re stingy on souvenirs and the list is short
you might make it on $50. The other extreme could run $200, but I‘m not carrying all that stuff for you. Once you
return, picture development may be a significant cost, but usually a delight at that point. A picture party soon
afterwards means you need to get them in and get them back. I‘m a sucker for one-hour photo by this time.

NOTE: Don‟t put all your money in one place. If someone gets your luggage or fanny pack or carry-on, you won‟t
be left without any money. This might just save the day for you.

Shots, Medications, and Precautions
Officially the shot list may look pretty long depending on the actual work location and time of year. Public Health
Departments will follow that list to the letter when asked for a recommendation, but tend to be the least expensive
if they have what you need in stock. Your family doctor may have a shorter practical list. He may also have
access to a doctor who deals specifically in ‗travel medicine‘. Follow their recommendations understanding that
most teams will travel in the dry season and will be subject to fairly well controlled sanitary conditions. Also, most
inoculations last for several years so the investment is not short-lived should you decide to take shots like Yellow
Fever or Typhoid, though many go without these.

For construction teams working on the remote campsite the conditions could be more inclined to problems with
bacteria, mosquitoes, and some diseases. Most team members take Larium and/or Doxycydine for malaria
prevention and a Tetanus shot is a must. Cipro will help combat stomach cramps from foreign bacteria with
Lomotal or Immodium for diarrhea, if needed. The pretty pink Pepto tablets taken regularly with meals can also
help if your stomach tends to be easily upset with a change in conditions. Tylenol and Ibuprofen are good for sore
muscles and other aches and pains. If you have occasional allergy problems take medications for those Most
people notice an improvement in their allergies because they are away from the culprit, but some just don‘t go
away. (Hope you‘re not allergic to your teammates.)
NOTE! -Take enough of any of your prescription medications to last the trip pius one or two extra in case you drop
one in the dirt!

Hand sanitizers have become quite popular in the last few years. A small bottle in your carry-on and in other
places in your luggage is essential to your well being. Get at least one bottle of the plain kind as the perfumed
varieties can make dinner taste or smell funny (you eat several things with your fingers). Band-Aids and
―Neosporin/Triple Antibiotic Ointment with Painkiller‖ are good for the cuts and scrapes on location. Neosporin is
also a great donation to leave with Jack and Penny to use at the camp.

As funny as it sounds, develop a taste for hot sauce. The locals use hot sauces as an internal cleanser for the
bacteria they pick up. It will work for you, too. Hot sauce will be on the table with every meal pretty much
anywhere you eat. Snack foods may also keep you out of trouble. If something just doesn‘t look or sound right for
you then having a private stash means you won‘t go hungry or sick. You might miss something that really tastes
good but, then again, you might not. Granola bars and energy bars are a good ‗pick me up‘. Try the energy bars
out before you go as some varieties are pretty good and others taste like flavored Play Doe. (As a kid Green Play
Doe was my personal favorite and I think the green M&Ms taste better, too.)

Speaking of M&Ms, you probably should not bring any. Okay, for chocolate lovers that may be extreme, but you
eat them with your hands and the temptation is to just grab some before you wash up and sanitize. The same
goes for trail mix and the like. Just know your temptations and limitations. For other food alternatives, boiling
water is almost always available for coffee Brazilian style (STRONG!) and anything like instant oatmeal.
If you‘re a tea drinker, bring your own bags. Brazilians drink coffee and juice for breakfast, guarana (pronounced
guad-an-a), soda pop or water at other times. Guarana‘s like soda pop, but you‘ve never tasted anything like it
outside Brazil.

Brazilian Environment
This is a different place. A different culture, different climate, and different food. If you expect it to be like home
then you are going to be unpleasantly surprised. Check out a couple books from the library on Brazil or visit any
of a number of websites in order to learn more. Above all, understand that God is leading you into an adventure
that will broaden your horizons and help accomplish His potential in you through a task for you. Be flexible and
open to new ideas and opportunities.

Climate is the thing you may notice first because it‘s warm and humid and air conditioning is generally considered
a real luxury. Being only a few degrees off the equator though is not as hot as you might imagine. It actually gets
cool enough just before sunrise to require a sheet to cover up when you sleep. During the day, though, you will
sweat. On most trips some kind of laundry service will be provided so you don‘t have to bring so many changes of
clothes. One day is all you‘ll get out of shirts, socks, underwear, and probably pants or shorts without a wash.
This is also the largest rain forest. There are things that grow here that grow nowhere else on the earth. Look for
beautiful orchids growing wild in the trees. There are pink, gray, blue and yellow fresh-water dolphins that may
chase your boat on the river. Piranha and anaconda also share these waters with alligators and Cayman crocs. In
fruit trees of a hundred different edible kinds you may see monkeys, Toucans, wild parakeets, and Macaws. At
night, the sky is incredible. Because there are so few lights on the ground the sky seems ‗lit‘ with stars. In Genesis
1:14-18 God creates the sun, moon, and stars ―and it was good‖. You must look up one night when the moon isn‘t
out and see what He meant when He said that! Then stay up long enough to watch the moon rise.

The culture is interesting for U.S. folks. We like our distance and South Americans in general have zero personal
space. They won‘t understand why you keep backing up during a conversation either, so don‘t make them ‗chase
you‘ while they talk. Just give up and be excited that they want to talk to you at all, even if it is a little closer than
you like! Don‘t worry that you know or understand little, if any, of the language. Be willing to try to have a
conversation. They know you don‘t understand them past ―bon dia‖ (good morning) and they don‘t understand you
past ―yes‖ or ―no‖, but part of the fun for both sides is the sign language that always takes over. I was never any
good at ―Charades‖ so it can take awhile to get some pretty simple ideas across, but that‘s okay.

Learn a few phrases to get conversation started. In restaurants or shops a VERY BASIC command of the
language will help. Americans and Europeans have an awful reputation as tourists because they are usually rude
and care little for local customs or language. We are tolerated because of our tourist dollar. Should they see a
difference in your attitude and demeanor, it can change a meal or shopping encounter from marginal to delightful
for both parties. Knowing how to say the phrases below (and actually saying them) can cause that to happen.
Beware - Spanish is close, but knowing that language doesn‘t assure success.

                                Bom dia (good morning)………….. bon-gia
        obraggado (thank you)………….…..O-bra-gah-do -masculine. or O-bra-gah-da -feminine.
        sim (yes)…………………………….sing with out stress on the g
        real ………………………           “He-ah-l” as the r is pronounced as an H (Brazilian dollar)
        boa tarde …………………………….boa- tar-gee
        boa noite (good night) ……………...boa-noi-che
        ate manhã (see you tomorrow) ……a-tay man-ya

  When we speak, we have have an ‗accent‘ so even when it sounds close, be willing to be corrected, especially
  with names. My first time with HCS in Brazil a girl took 5 minutes with me the first day just to make sure I got
  her name, Eglaisia, pronounced correctly. She brought a new friend or family member each day after that for
  me to meet, as well as making sure I got all the boys‘ names correct that were working at the camp. I made lots
  of friends that trip!

                                 Some things You should Know.

                                 Gestures are important. Several years ago
                                 one of our Presidents stepped off the Plane in
                                  Brazil and gave a big, two-handed, U.S. ‗okay‘ to the
                                  crowd. The papers and people were furious! First finger
                                  to the thumb in a circle with the last three fingers raised
                                  behind — OKAY — what‘s so bad about that? Well, in
    Brazil its equivalent to being ‗flipped off here in the USA.. The proper sign, which is
    also acceptable here by the way, is a ‗thumbs up‘.

Also, ladies don‘t put your purse or handbag of any kind on the floor beside you when you sit down. It identifies
you as an available prostitute. Set your bag, if you carry one at all, on your lap or on the table at or beside your
place. This is one of the reasons many women carry very small purses or fanny packs.

     IN The Bathroom???

One thing that always confuses Americans is the basket that is placed next to the toilet bowl in restrooms all over
Brazil. This is for your waste paper when you are ready to dispose of it. You may say ―Gross” to this practice,
but here in Brazil the plumbing lines were designed very different from ours in America. If you flush the paper it
will probably get hung up in the sewer lines and flood your hotel room causing much more discomfort to you, your
roommates and possibly the people staying below you in the hotel. So please remember to comply with this rule
and place it in the basket next to the toilet.

There are some things in the culture that are just different. You can‘t catch or remember them all even if your
leaders knew to tell them to you. Instead, watch how the nationals your group function or behave. Be very
observant. For example, some foods are eaten with your fingers, like bread, while it‘s very rude to eat pizza with
your fingers. Look, listen, and learn because you don‘t want to embarrass the nationals in your party if you can
help it.

Explanation of Needed Papers
There are several forms and documents that you will run across during this trip. Some must be completed and approved
prior to leaving the country, while others will be important as you travel. These will be listed and explained here in
general. Understand that some of these forms may change, especially those in Brazil, before we get there, but the
overall content is likely to be the same. If at ANY time you have questions about what you‘re filling out be sure to ask
your team leadership for guidance.

It‘s a long walk to Brazil so we‘ll fly instead. HCS has selected a travel agency through which all the team‘s tickets will be
booked in order to get any volume discounts, as well as making sure we‘re all together. Flights at odd hours also tend to
be much less expensive so be flexible and bring a pillow. Your circumstances may be such that free/frequent flier tickets
are available to you. Those can be used, but check with your leader so that the trip is well coordinated to take advantage
of that without disrupting the trip for the rest of the team. Keep up with your tickets as you travel. Lost tickets are both
difficult and costly to reissue if you lose them, especially in a foreign country. See the end of the passport discussion for
ideas on carrying your paperwork.

Your passport is the only acceptable identification document in other countries. Birth certificates and a driver‘s license
aren‘t much help ‗over there‘. That‘s why you can‘t leave the country without one. Fortunately, they aren‘t that hard to
get unless you‘re a known terrorist. Complete the passport form found in the next section, enclosing a passport picture
and, currently, $65. If you are applying for the first time mail these to the address on the form from your Main Post Office
and wait 4-6 weeks. The passport office at the Main Post Office has to authorize that it‘s really you making the
application the first time. Faster alternatives are available, but they‘re more costly.
Check the calendar section of this book to make sure you allow enough time prior to your departure on the trip. Passport
pictures can be made at several photo shops and travel agencies. The Post Office has extras of these forms and will
help get them mailed to the appropriate office.
   Even if you have a passport make sure it‘s current. Most of us don‘t travel overseas that often and time can slip by
   without realizing that your passport is out of date. Renewal is the same as getting a new passport except you send
   your old one along to verify it hasn‘t been lost or stolen. Use the same form, pay the same cost, but the Post Office is
   only a helpful option. A similar form is available from the Post Office that allows you to send your passport from home
   for renewal, but you have to get it at the Post Office anyway.
When you arrive ―In country‖ (Brazil) your passports will be collected by Pastor Jack and Penny. This secures them and
keeps them dry and safe along with the exit visa needed to depart and return home. This is a proven method, practiced
by several Mission groups for many years. Brazil is full of pickpockets, and this is a care-free way that We have learned
to ensure that all goes smoothly and everyone has a wonderful time.. There are thieves and pickpockets in U.S. airports
as well, and passports bring good money on the black market ($5,000-$1O,000 last time I heard). It is your identification
and any official of any foreign government, like the police, can demand to see it at any time. That said, I‘ve never yet
had my pocket picked or had to show my passport outside of the airport in any foreign country except Russia, but it
happens. Don‘t be the exception in your group. Just keep up with it and don‘t carry everything together in one pouch so
that you pull out passport and tickets, for example, anytime you need some money. A ―Fanny Pack‖ with 2-3
compartments is an excellent way to carry what you need on you while in the country. Put your passport, tickets, and
travel documents in a zip lock bag to keep them dry and stick them in the least used compartment, usually on the
backside of the pack.

Entry into most countries, including Brazil, requires a Travel Visa. The selected travel agency usually handles all this,
but they will need your passport to apply for it. Your passport and travel itinerary are sent to the government consulate
with a request for visa entry into the country. A visa is then either affixed or stamped on one of the pages of your
passport and returned to your leader to be handed out to you. In some cases, your leadership may choose to hang on to
all the tickets and passports and hand them out as you travel. A visa into Brazil is usually good for 5 years from the date
of first entry.

Getting a visa also takes time. If you have to have a passport and then get a visa, add another month to the schedule.
That may mean you need to apply for your passport 10 weeks prior to departure to get everything in. If you‘ve picked
this book up late in the schedule, don‘t worry. Everything can run faster with a little extra cash attached! Check the
current expediting fees when you apply.

Minor Letter
If you are less than 18 years old there is a special provision required for you. It‘s called a Minor Letter. This assures you
are travelling with the consent of either your parents or guardian. Both parents must sign the request found in the forms
section and have it notarized and sent with your passport. The signature of only one parent is not enough even when
parents are legally divorced to assure children aren‘t being kidnapped and taken out of legal, U.S. jurisdiction. This form
is sent with your passport and visa request to be stamped along with the visa. This is another piece of paper to keep
with you in the zip-lock with your passport.

At present there are three forms required for entry into Brazil. These are not filled out ahead of time, but as you travel.
They usually hand these out on the plane, but if you think of it, request forms in English before you leave the U.S. If
Portuguese forms are all they have, then request help from a flight attendant (your leader probably had to ask, too). The
forms are;

1) Immigration identification form showing your ‗status‘ while in the country. If you are a part of this short-term group
    you‘ll be a „tourist‟. Never mind that it asks elsewhere if you are doing mission work. Their definition of ‗missionary‘
    is more of a resident alien and requires different paperwork than you will have.
2) Customs declaration. You won‘t declare anything because you‘re not a resident and the donations you have fall in a
    different category. I‘ll explain that in a minute along with the papers you may need there.
 3) Exit declaration. Looks like the customs declaration, but is used to verify that you left when you were supposed to.

Brazilian customs will inspect and stamp your passport, papers and forms, taking only the immigration form at the first
stop. The stamp given to you will have an entry and/or exit date written in it by the customs agent. They will then inspect
your luggage and request the entry customs declaration form. Of the three forms you filled out on the plane you will be
left with the exit declaration when you leave the airport. Add that to the zip-lock in the back of your pouch. The customs
official requests it as you go to board the plane back to the U.S. They verify the length of your stay in country and your
exit from the country at the appointed time.

They have begun to crack down on large donations. The x-ray scanners regularly stop bags full much needed medical
supplies. Some groups have taken advantage of the lax procedures in the past, but now more strenuous requirements
are being applied. Part of the crackdown comes from expired medications that were donated and made some people
quite sick.

Pack your collected donations in your Luggage

Depending on the type, quantity and amount, these items should be scattered throughout your personal luggage in order
to make customs run smoother. Brazilian law allows each traveler $500 of additional ‗gifts‘ in your personal luggage
without declaration. HCS along with all other mission groups coming to Brazil takes advantage of that allowance. Three
to four each of small items usually causes no problems in a team members baggage. The problem occurs when all
medicines, all food or all of other collected team items, are packed together in separate bags. These bags are usually
flagged and stopped by customs because many people in the past have tried to smuggle items in for resale with out
paying import tariffs. The best answer when questioned about any items in your luggage is to declare that the items are
yours, because the items are yours until they are given to HCS. If they do not make it through customs they can not be
given or received.

 Be willing to pack more than you might need of particular medications or other items in your luggage, but we don‘t want
to abuse that provision either. It‘s hard to persuade the customs agent that one person could use 48 bars of soap in a
week, but 6 bars and a big bottle of shampoo will likely go through. Don‘t ever discourage people from giving to the

program because the procedures might make it difficult. God knows how badly we need to let go of some of the things
we have in order that others might benefit. He‘ll work the procedures to His timing and purpose anyway. If someone
wants to donate large amounts of an item that might have a hard time coming through customs, notify HCS and we will
get approval by filing all the proper forms.


Cash works best in Brazil and is easily exchanged at the bank. Most places will take U.S. dollars if you get in a bind, but
only in small bills (usually less than $10‘s) You may want to change a small amount at the airport stateside, ($5.00 to
$10.00) just enough for drinks or snacks. You can take travelers checks for the exchange in the airport, but once we
leave the airport most businesses prefer not to take them and the street vendors sure don‘t want to mess with them.
While in the interior you will need no money at all. Pr. Jack or Penny will take you to a currency exchange first thing
when you get to your hotel after the trip. Buying gifts and souvenirs is discussed in the Gift section near the end of this

Credit cards aren‘t really a good idea here. Take a card for an emergency or a large purchase in a reputable store. Tuck
it away deep in your luggage and don‘t pull it out unless you have to. Its something that‘s easily misplaced or misused
and it represents a fortune from a rich American should it fall into the wrong hands in Brazil.

Forms : These are downladable from the HCS website.

  1)   Intent to Participate HCS Short term Mission Project Application
  2)   USA Passport Application
  3)   Brazil Visa Application Form
  4)   Authorization Form for Persons under 18 traveling to Brazil

These are the forms you need to fill out so we get all the information right and have it for the duration of the trip. They‘re
all here: passports, visas, and minor letter applications so you don‘t have to chase those down. If you don‘t need these
forms don‘t worry about anything except the ―Intent to Participate‖ application found next.

Everything looks self-explanatory from the guy who has written it. Remember to ask questions if you don‘t understand
something. The passport form is Government Issue so comes with its own set of instructions.

3). Participation Section
Okay, so you‘re convinced to go, but what do you need to do now? This section is more specific to your actual project.
In this section you‘ll see several sections and a calendar that needs to be filled in with actual dates and information.
Look at the departure data and back up according to the number of days below.

Item                                                       Days Prior to Departure
Initial $200 Down Payment          ($200.00)                         91                      (14 weeks)
Passport with Visa                                                   70                      (10 weeks)
60% Payment of Cost-tickets bought- ($850.00)                        56                       (8 weeks)
40 Days of Study                                                     42                       (6 weeks)
Personal Travel Plans (Frequent Flyer)                               35                       (5 weeks)
Visa Alone (You have a Valid Passport)                               28                       (4 weeks)
Donations Packing Party (optional)                                   28                       (4 weeks)
40% Balance of Payment              ($700.00)                        21                       (3 weeks)
Personal Packing Party                                                2

Note:   We understand that Church Youth groups need all the time they can get to raise moneys for funds to come.
However, after tickets are bought moneys for airfares are non-refundable. Local airfare tickets are usually good for 1
year and can be transferred to others for a small fee. Tickets are bought and sent about 2 weeks prior to departure.
Redemption of the international ticket price is the sole responsibility of the individual. Once collected and paid for by
HCS, other fees spent such as visa, or minor consent forms are also non-refundable.

Team Meeting Dates (These are usually set by local Team leader)

Picnic date: ____________/_____/_______
Picture Party (after return) date: __________/_____/_______

        40 Days of Study
40 seems to be a number for preparation: 40 years to prepare the children of Israel to enter the Promised Land, 40 days
and nights of the flood to witness God‘s power, might, and judgement, 40 days in the wilderness for Christ to prepare for
His ministry on earth. Take 40 days to prepare yourself specifically for this trip. There may not be anything really
special about these next 40 days, but there could be.

   Let God reveal one or more of His character traits to you that will help you on this trip.

   Work on the traits you already know you need help with or would support you well, like a servant‟s heart.

   During this study prepare your testimony on a single page and be very familiar with the outline in case you
    have a chance to share it.

   During this study prepare a single daily group devotion and be open to God‟s leading and His direction
    should you be called to share during the trip.

   During this study prepare a prayer list which will be given to those who you know will pray for you while
    you‟re gone. They need specifics in their daily intercession to help you be more effective.

Testimony Prep

 Have you ever thought about your testimony? Hopefully it is an experience you can recount easily in your own
memory. Often though, in a spur-of-the-moment opportunity or when asked to give it before a group we get flustered,
remembering later all those great things we should have said. By preparing your testimony ahead of time you stand a
greater chance of remembering all those great things God wants you to say!

For those who would suggest that a ‗canned‘ or memorized testimony leaves little for God to work with, well, if God
helps you put it together in the first place then is it not better to eagerly present something than to chose to say nothing,
being unprepared and fearful? Granted, the best situation is to have a good, familiar outline in your head from which to
work, allowing God to help you fill in the details as they pertain to the setting. For example, on this trip you are most
likely to present your testimony to small groups or individuals who are unsaved or to a church congregation on Sunday
night, most knowing the Lord. In either case the outline is basically the same, it‘s the details that are different. Knowing
the outline sets you up for any situation, even beyond this trip, and thinking ahead about the audiences you might
address helps God prepare you with the details during this trip. A good outline or prepared testimony also helps a
translator understand what‘s coming as he can look at it and have some understanding of where you are going.

Day 1 - So, what‘s your testimony look like on paper? First, pray today about what God would use from your
experiences. God will put scripture and ideas in your head all day long so have some paper handy to write some things
down. And remember every testimony is both special to God and important to those who hear it because it is yours

Okay, maybe your testimony isn‘t as riveting as the next guy‘s; no spectacular sin from which to be saved, no miracles
of healing, or blessings of ‗houses and land‘ to point to. Remember Elijah after his lone sacrifice against Jezebel‘s
priests of Baal? He was so discouraged because he thought he was the only one left of God‘s people who had been
faithful. God encouraged him with 7000 who had not ‗bowed to Baal‘. If any of those 7000 had had a spectacular
testimony like Elijah‘s Ahab and Jezebel probably would have chased them, too and surely Elijah would have known
about him. Living a quietly obedient life to God allowed them to be a great blessing to Elijah of all people when he really
needed the encouragement! He then was able to resume his work for God as a result. There might be an Elijah in the
group that just needs to hear a simple, quiet, faithful testimony like yours.

Day 2 – Take a few minutes and ask God to help you commit a testimony outline to paper. Here is a format
suggestion that loosely conforms to the ‗Roman Road‘, ‗Four Spiritual Laws‘, and other evangelistic outlines for walking
others through the Scriptures. For your outline to match up, in general, to the Scriptures you might present later for
Salvation could be helpful, but is not essential. Follow God‘s leading to determine your own course here and write each
major outline point in your own personal words.

Once the outline is in place remember the scriptures and ideas from yesterday. Pray and in your mind begin to place
some of those in this outline. You can write them down tomorrow.

   Life before Christ.
   How did you realize a need for Him?
   The point in time when Christ came into your life.
   What you life is like now?
    NOTE: If you were saved at a young age, maybe few things really ‗changed‘ at that time so a positive comparison of
    blessings in your life compared to the world around you is in order. Remember the priests. Their blessing to Elijah
    was their continued faithfulness.)
   What of the future?

Day 3 – The details are what we need to work on over the next few days. Today just fill in the next level of the outline
with bullet points that help remind you of what you want to talk about there. My bullet points are in Italics as an example
with the same outline format from yesterday. This is where the specifics of the scriptures and ideas from day one come
Next is a sample outline, Remember this is just the next step in the outline only a few details at this point.
 Life before Christ
         -Christian home
         -Others with a relationship I didn‟t have
 How did you realize a need for Him?
         -Jesus in my home
         -Why, Why, and Why – what else does a kid ask?
 The point in time when Christ came into your life.
         -Sunny, Tuesday Morning before School
         -Start w/ one day and each day anew
 What has changed?
         -Protection growing up
         -A friend, closer than a brother
 What of the future?
         -Secure, w/ strength
         -Christ my Hope!

Day 4 – Okay start writing. Today and tomorrow fill in the details and commit what you would actually like say to
paper. Pray hard while you write! This is either a word an unsaved person needs to hear or the encouragement the
people of the Lord will use to bear them up.

Look back at the example outline points from yesterday and note that I have two ideas for each major point. The first of
each pair is more for the ‗church‘ crowd while the second is more for the ‗unsaved‘. In my written copy I include both
ideas in full detail, but when I give it, I‘ll include some of each, emphasizing more of one or the other depending on the
‗audience‘. That‘s an idea that you can try if you are comfortable with it. If you don‘t feel lead to do it that way, DON‘T.
Just write a testimony in full detail.

Day 5 – Go back today and reread (or complete) what you wrote yesterday. There are probably some improvements
in the way that you want to say some things. Let me make a few specific suggestions.

   Don‘t use ‗Christian‘ phrases or abbreviations like ‗Christ came in‘ or ‗WWJD‘, as the unsaved don‘t understand
    them at all and they don‘t translate well. To say ‗I now have a relationship with Christ‘ would be clearer to them.

   Don‘t use cultural phrases. ‗Cool‘ in Brazil means a temperature in the low 70s F, not something ‗unique‘ or
    ‗wonderful‘. Even a good translator may not know what to do with these phrases so don‘t even write it that way.
   Put yourself, as best you can, in the place of the ones who will hear this. (poor Brazilians, most do not have jobs,
    much less a car, tv‘s or most of the things you grew up with .)

   Is it clear and does it say what God wants you to say?

Day 6 – Now, condense it back to a single page, one side, normal font size – if they can put The Lord‘s Prayer on the
head of a pin then you have to define everything). Keep the long version somewhere. You can always expand (most
Americans talk too much anyway), but shortening your testimony to an appropriate length to still include the critical
points is tough. Again prayer is in order to make sure you don‘t leave out the wrong things. Remember that God may
not be looking for the spectacular, just the faithful.
Day 7 – Now practice! Try it out on your spouse or parents or jump right in and talk to an unsaved friend. Refine and
perfect, but only as you are lead to do so. Pay particular attention to the questions that are asked when you are
through. If they are asking about Spiritual matters then you‘re on the right track. If they are asking for clarification of
phrases and words or ‗What did you mean by…‘ then some refinements might be in order.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore
beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

Devotional Prep
Everyday while you are in Brazil, some time will be given to God‘s Word as a group. We have found that right after
breakfast seems to be the best time for all. Pastor Jack usually starts off the first day. The topics are left to the one
leading for the day, and after the first morning, several other members will have a chance to share from God‘s word. (
this means it could be you!).

It‘s hard to tell someone how to prepare a devotional for the group. Hopefully you‘ve done it before and aren‘t
concerned about this part. Otherwise let take a few minutes each day for the next week to prepare one. There are
several approaches you could take, but like your testimony, its important to make sure it‘s a direction God wants for you
and the group.

   Consider what lead you into this work. What Scriptures convinced you to come on this trip? How did they impact
    your decision? How did God speak to you? Encourage others with these Scriptures and their meaning for all of us.

   What are your favorite verses and how do they effect you? I love it when people share their favorite verses and
    make an application to life in general. I can almost always use it sometime that day, especially if the application is
    geared to the project at hand, and they have already lived it out with particular meaning to them!

   What are you studying on a daily basis? I hope you were regularly in The Word prior to this trip and God prepares
    us for what we need. I am amazed at how well what I read this morning applies to what I‘m doing during the day. If
    you‘re not regularly studying let me suggest that this is a great time to start! Hebrews is a book of faith, James a
    book of faith with works, Matthew and Luke show a Divine Savior who is a servant to those around Him, John
    emphasizes the Divine nature of Jesus come down to man, Genesis is a GREAT beginning, while Exodus shows
    God‘s power and might for His people, and on and on. The point is ―Pick one and get started.‖

   Of course, where is God leading you? Even though you have something prepared be open to His leading in some
    other direction when you get there.

   If you know your spiritual gift(s) then work with them. Don‘t do a devotional a certain way just because you heard
    someone else ‗give it that way‘. If you are an encourager, then encourage, teacher, then teach, minister, then
    minister to the needs, etc. God has given you a special gift in order to help you reach the potential he has for you.
    Use it!

   As a practical suggestion – unless you are 1) very familiar with the subject, 2) it is very personal to you, or 3) you do
    okay speaking without notes – make a few notes to work from. It‘s okay to use them even if the guy yesterday

   Relax. I‘ve read back through this, and in a way, it makes it sound like you‘re going for your Ph.D. thesis. We‘re all
    friends here. Have a good time, while you speak to us about something from the Scriptures, and we will all enjoy
    this time together.

   Do you like music? On all the trips I‘ve been on we enjoyed music. Sometimes we sounded awful, but we enjoyed
    singing praise just the same. Consider copying the words to your favorite songs and we‘ll sing them during
    devotional time.

Prayer List
Prayer is our lifeline! For Christians it is the spiritual oxygen of our conscious contact with our Lord Jesus Christ. Without
prayer our spiritual lives are suffocating and weak. Pray often and pray hard. If you have not done so in the past,
starting to pray for God‘s will to be fulfilled in you, the group and this mission endeavor could make a ―good‖ mission
experience into a great one for all! It should contain the things you know first hand are needed or desired for the trip and
ongoing HCS ministry. This should be a part of your daily time with God. Start the list now and update as things come
in. Be specific. Note when they are answered. Continue with the list even after your return. What a great habit to get
into, and be assured God will be able to use you, for His glory. Below is a sample list.

Prayer Item                            Answered?             Update or Specifics Answered?
Family safety while you‘re gone

Team safety and health

Conversion of Brazilians

Completion of projects

Prayer List (copy and handout)
When you read the Psalms, David seemed to be able to step into the very Throne Room of God. Paul also was able to
do this with his prayers for the saints. Paul in fact tells us throughout Ephesians that we have resources available to us
in heaven that we can go to the heavenly places and receive. I know people who go there every morning and/or
evening seemingly as easily as they step outside to get the paper. I‘ll be handing the following list to them a week or so
before I leave to make sure they take me with them when they go! You know some people like that, too. Give them 3-4
specific, hand-written prayer requests to bring before God each day. Being hand-written shows you‘ve put some prayer
and effort into these items, too.

You may also give different lists to different people. My Junior High piano teacher goes to my church. She remembers
me from back then (I can‘t imagine why) and I still know her as a prayer warrior! She gets a different list than some
others because she knows me differently than others and I know she‘ll be before His Throne tomorrow.

List out several here if you want and copy off this list to specific persons.

                                        Check Lists - Personal
   You are allowed two 70-pound bags/boxes/containers. No more than 70 pounds. 62" length limit. If you need
    help with donated items let me know.
   On our last trip extra bags cost $45. You may wish to pay this so you can contribute more to the ministry there.
    This is far and away the cheapest and most reliable method to get packages into Brazil. I sent a letter size
    package FedEx and it costs $50!
   You should be able to get your personal items in one bag/box. Plan to use the second bag/box for taking
    donations to HCS (see the group/project and donations lists on the following pages). Your Sunday school class
    can help you collect items.
   A LARGE ice-chest is great for packing in and is a great item to donate to the missionaries. Coordinate
    these with your leadership as too many of them can cause problems with the group in Brazilian customs. Take
    along an empty duffel to haul any of our own stuff home. Another method some use is a 40-gallon Rubbermaid
    (or equal) container fit inside a U-Haul box.
   You can also take ONE carry-on bag as long as they will fit below a seat or in the overhead compartment.
   A Fanny Pack can be carried in addition to the carry-on bag.
   You will be given luggage tags for easy identification at the airports and the appropriate return address (Jack
    and Penny‘s going to Brazil – a local address coming from Brazil). Put these on the handle of your luggage. It
    makes it much easier to find them in baggage claim.

Toiletry Items
  Bring all plastic containers if possible - no glass. Pack all liquid and spillable items in at least one layer of zip-lock
  bags in your luggage to protect against leakage. Bring extra zip-lock bags and a couple of plastic bags for dirty
   Normal toiletry items - plastic containers, travel size
       Toothpaste
       Mouthwash (as a rinse when you brush instead of water)
       Toothbrush
       Shampoo
       Soap (Ivory Soap floats in case you bathe in the river)
       Razor
       A full-size roll or two of toilet paper
   Sunscreen - the strong stuff. You will be on the equator!
   Insect repellant-the strong stuff (more ‗DEET‘ ingredient). You‘re in the jungle!
   Heat rash powder
   Extra zip-locks
   (Other ideas)_______________                 _________________________
   _________________________                    _________________________
   _________________________                    _________________________
  Share your ‗other ideas‘ with the group as it might be a ‗really good‘ other idea for the rest of us, too.
  Mark your clothes
  We will wash clothes every other day during the trip. This allows you to pack much lighter! Mark all your clothes
  with a permanent marker. This is absolutely necessary to separate clothing after washing.

  Work Clothes - We suggest a minimum of:
   5 changes of socks and underwear
   1 Pair of work shoes
   3 pair of work shorts or pants
   3 work shirts/ T-shirts
   1 pair of work gloves
   work hat and scarf/bandana (also in the list above)
  Protect yourself - this will be jungle. Also, modesty is essential to our Christian witness even on the job.
   Church and touring - We suggest a minimum of:
    1-2 outfits
    Men can wear jeans/casual slacks and a sport shirt for Church functions
    Ladies need dresses for Church functions
    Cotton and other cool materials
    Casual, comfortable shoes - sandals are OK everywhere

Personal Medicines
      Malaria tablets - take first one a week before you leave (your option)
      Aspirin, Tylenol, etc
      Antibiotic cream for cuts and scrapes
      Band-Aids
      Lomitol, Pepto Bismol, cipro, Imodium.
      Allergy medicines
      Antihistamine (like Benadryl) is good to have for bad bug bites or rashes
      Let your leader know of any special or potential health problems.

   Bring spending money that can be converted to Brazilian currency for souvenirs and gifts. We will dedicate one day
   to touring. You may want to shop, buy a lunch, or take an Amazon boat tour as time allows. Check the section at
   the end for some gift ideas.

More Ideas (Optional – You must weigh, literally, the difference in these items and the things we might take for
the kids and HCS.)
     Flashlight
     Batteries - THERE IS A GENERATOR, BUT BRING A GOOD FLASHLITE you can give it to a boy when you
     Some rope or string would be handy
     Bible
     Journal
     Pencil/Pen
     Camera with extra camera batteries & lots of film _____ rolls
     Cheap watch(s) – They get wet and/or sweaty
     Tape recorder / player and some music from home
     Hat & Bandana or sweat band.
     Sunglasses
     Zip locks for billfold and passport (Do you get the idea these are handy?)
     Air mattress as an option to a hammock (hammocks are provided)
     Pillow
     Sheets (see required list above) - can get cool in the early morning
     Hammer, tape measure, pencils and nail apron (Optional, but good to have)
     Personal snacks such as nuts, crackers, tuna, etc. (What would you like?)
         _______________________
         _______________________
         ________________________
         ________________________
     1-2 pounds of candy or bubble gum - kids may appear from anywhere.
     binoculars
     Pocket knife (must be in checked luggage‖)
     small, compact fishing pole and lures
     Water bottle with a strap or rope to hang it
     Small towels to cool your neck
     Leatherman tool or small, basic hand tools
     ‗Flip Flops‘ or ‗Aquasocks‘ for bathing and swimming
                                                  Check List
                                                Document Pouch
       Passport (Transfer to your ‗Fanny Pack‘ while in Brazil)
       Minor Letter (Transfer to your ―Fanny Pack‘ while in Brazil)
       Customs Declaration for Donations
       Exit Declaration
       Extra Passport Photo
       Copy of Picture Page
       Copy of Visa Page

                                                   Check List

    Specific Items that Jack and Penny need us to bring
     Usable, OLD linens that you can leave there., You may bring more, but bring a minimum of one of each of
       these: Towel, wash cloth, sheet sets, pillow case.
     1-2 large can of Gator-Aid
     1 box large freezer bags (Quart & Gallon )
     1 squeeze container of jelly
     Dill Pickles ( duck tape top, put in ziplock, wrap in towel)
     * Two rolls of duct tape
     * Box of heavy trash bags (construction grade from Home Depot are great)

There may be items specific to the project you are working on that are not generally listed for each trip. Include those
below. If you have an Internet connection check there for updates specific to your project trip.

Check List (Donations)
Special Needs
   The following is a list of general medical supplies that Penny and Jack use to minister to the physical needs of the
   kids. Please ask your friends, family and church group to support you by donating items on the list below. This is the
   best way to get supplies to the missionaries. Please plan to take maximum luggage. Generic products are just
    Triple antibiotic ointment
    Tylenol
    Anti/acids
    Medication for ring worm
    Zithromax (Z-pak)
    Suprax
    Antibiotics> with direction on how to take them
    soap
    shampoo
    cream rinse
    deodorant
    razors
    combs
    brushes
    toothpaste/brushes
    towels
    Kid clothes – Some leave their clothes there after the trip. Anything over a medium or large size is probably too
        large for them to wear. Most adults are equal in size to an average high school freshman. Black is the favorite
        ‗street color‘. We are trying to change their perspective of life so while you should encourage friends to donate
        as well please take only those items which are in keeping with our Christian witness of modesty and attitude.
        (I‘ve seen some pretty raunchy stuff written on the backs of good kids here at home who had no real idea what
        was intended in the advertising!)

Pack your collected donations in your Luggage

Depending on the type, quantity and amount, these items should be scattered throughout your personal
luggage in order to make customs run smoother. You are allowed $500 of additional „gifts‟ in your personal
luggage without declaration so we are likely to take advantage of that allowance. To put them in a specific
piece of luggage and mark them as donations invites scrutiny that is not necessary.

Follow-up Section
You even get some information on how to come home! Not that it‘s that hard, but it can be, well,
different, especially for those who have not traveled internationally or worked with the poverty level
there before. To be the most affluent nation on earth has its drawbacks when you see just how wide
the gap really is.

Understand that you were born to the privilege and affluence of the US instead of the poverty of
other nations, but God is the one who ordained your birth here! The purpose? I don‟t know
specifically, but it is certain that sharing what you have and what you know is part of the plan. Every
Christian is commanded to give and to support fellow saints, the poor, the orphans, and widows as
well as evangelizing more souls for the Kingdom. Those people aren‟t always found on the other
side of the world. They might be across the street from your house! If God touches your heart „over
there‟ allow Him to continue to work when you get back here. Keep your eyes open to see where
He‟s working here and join Him there.

There is also some consideration of Christian family and friends who are left behind during your trip.
For them life doesn‘t take a detour for a few days. They get the same old thing except you‘re not
there to help! In addition to getting something nice to take back the unexpected can happen at
home and contact is necessary. You‘ll find some information here on how they can get in touch with
you and an itinerary for travel to leave with them as well as some alternatives in case we need to
contact somebody at home.

It‘s also important to report on the trip. I‘ve listened over the years to people who are asked to share
on short notice to a class or in an informal group and the response is often the same – ―It was a
great trip. We got a lot done. Several people were saved. I‘ll bring pictures next week.‖ That‘s
fine, but if someone had helped them know they would be asked and a short report was prepared
for those unexpected opportunities how much better could it have been. Our churches today have
so much going on that the opportunities to share may, unfortunately, only come once. Somebody
else will be back and reporting on what they did next week. Where a Sunday School class or work
group is helping with prayer, finances, and/or donated items a report on progress and use of those
materials helps assure continued support in the future. Beat the offer to share by sending a letter to
your class and those you work with which explains the trip and what was accomplished. Then they
have incentive to ask about the trip in even greater detail. I‘ve gotten great response to general
form letter reports that I‘ve written in the past.

Is it ‗salesmanship‘? Sure it is. In a letter to the Corinthians (I Corinthians 10:31-33) Paul talks
about ‗being all things to all people save in the Gospel‘. In other words, whatever it took to spread
the Gospel in a manner consistent with giving God glory and honor in the presentation he‘d take it!
We need to be ready to share and share well in order to bring others along as we spread the Gospel
to those in physical as well as spiritual need.

We also need to make a special effort to thank those who prayed for us. Remember the prayer lists
you put together? Real prayer warriors want to know if they have succeeded in the battle yet. Is
more prayer or another approach needed? Is there another request in place of the first? If the
prayers are answered (yes or no) then thanksgiving is in order for God‘s blessing (even if we
humanly don‘t see it that way) and maybe a prayer to open our eyes toward His purpose is now
needed. Lots of possibilities. Keep your prayer partners‗ in-the-loop‘ so they are most effective.

Contact and Emergency Numbers and email Addresses
―God‘s ways are not my ways‖ according to King David in Psalms and I would, of course, agree.
Sometimes God allows us or those in our families to endure testing and nothing seems worse than
when the tests come while families are separated. Emergency contact is essential for very spiritual
and practical reasons. Immediate prayer support is the first line of offense while the insurance
policy numbers will also be helpful in the emergency room, here or there! Emergency contact
information was given in the ‗Intent to Participate‖ form, but here you need some backup numbers
and information to share. Copy this page for those at home and keep this copy in the book. This
also gives the group a consistent place to look for info in case you, for some reason, can‘t give it to
us. While I‘m trying to keep this light I‘ve been on a trip where a teammate died of a heart attack.
Hopefully that adds some weight to the issue! Please take it seriously and inform those who you list
here that they are a contact person for you.

 For HCS
Emergency Contact (Family/Spouse – Home)             Email
Name                                               Phone
1 Alternate (Family/Spouse – Office)               Email
Name                                               Phone

2nd Alternate (Other than Famil above)             Email
Name                                               Phone

3rd Alternate ( Teammate‟s Family)                 Email
Name                                               Phone

Emergency E-MAIL Contact                    mailto:amazonjack@internext.com.br
Pr. Jack or Penny Oyler -House              011-55-92-631-1540---- Call anytime
Pr. Jack or Penny Oyler Cell Phone          011-55-92-9986-6662---- Call anytime
If you call the house leave a message.
We‟ll be checking each day in the
morning and afternoon.

Your trip itinerary will be sent to you or your team leader.

Trip Report
Okay, we‟ve got 5 extra minutes, so what did you do down there?

The offer will come when you don‘t expect it from a co-worker or customer while you‘re talking, after
announcements in Sunday school, in a small group as you walk out after church. Its not the place
for the 45 minute slide show, you just need 3-4 minutes of organized thoughts to give them a feel for
what happened. You‘ll have your chance to give the long version maybe as a result of the short
version you give here. God worked miracles here either in the people, the trip, or the project. It‘s
your chance to give them a glimpse of how you saw Him work then, how He‘s continuing to work
now, and how you hope to join Him in the work in the future.
Here are some questions I‘d like to know. They aren‘t in any particular order after the first two.
Maybe some of these will help you organize a few quick thoughts as well as a full presentation. Pick
the ones that are the most important to you since these are the ones that effect you personally or
made the greatest impact around you. Don‘t be afraid to compare notes with other team members
in order to refine your ideas or theirs! Carry a couple pictures with you that fit in the story for small
groups. You can blow up pictures or slides at Wal-Mart for full presentations unless you feel
comfortable with electronic media and computers.

   How many have gained salvation in Christ as a result of this project or HCS in general?

   What did you do to help further Christ‘s and/or HCS‘s cause on this past trip?

   What does HCS stand for and what do they do?

   How many people were involved? Our church? Other churches? Brazilians? Others?

   How did the trip effect you? What did you learn about yourself as a result of going?

   How do you see the group you‘re talking to being able to participate or support next time?

   What‘s left to do? Construction? Medical? Feeding and teaching? Evangelism?

   Did you have fun? Was it hot? Did it rain? Did you swim in the Amazon w/ piranha!?

   Is there something you think they need to know that‘s not mentioned here? Go for it! Remember
    you‘re only talking here for 3 or 4 minutes. This can always be expanded, but make sure the
    short talk covers only a few of these topics and does it well.

Thank You!
Didn‘t everybody‘s Mom try to get you to say thank-you? As a young man mine even stressed
(heavy on the stress for both of us) a written note of thanks, but now I see the value in it. (Thanks
Mom.) The people at home supported you. Some more tangibly than others sure, but look in 1
Samuel 30:20-25 where David shares the spoil of battle equally with those who fought and those
who protected the ‗baggage‘ or the items they carried for everyday life. Now you‘re fighting the
‗battle‘ on the field, but without those back home to provide support you couldn‘t have gone.

I‘m not just talking baby-sitting, donations and financial support either. Prayer plays a major role in
getting you to the ‗battlefield‘ and home again. The spoils to share are the work God did while you
were on the battlefield. David brought back gold and cattle, but he also brought word of God‘s
provision, blessings, and answered prayer for the group as a whole in order to praise and worship
appropriately together, giving God glory and honor for all He has done.

Write a letter that brings back the spoils of war. Christ, David, Paul, Elijah, and a host of others tell
us that this is war on a spiritual level which sometimes shows on a physical level. It may sound a lot
like your 3-4 minute talk described a few pages ago. It may center on a specific aspect of the
support you were given from a Sunday school group, extended family, or other teammates. Tell
how both prayers and the tangible gifts served in the battle. How were you able to fend off
temptation or hardship in order to focus on the ultimate task of service and evangelism? How did
prayer and donations help meet the physical needs of those you served in order for them to
recognize God‘s love for them? What were you able to do as a result of their support that you would
not have been able to do otherwise?

A few practical points… Don‘t worry, as I said before, about form letters. Put the main points in a
letter that can go to a number of people or be passed around the Sunday school class. Make a few
quick, handwritten notes concerning specific gifts or situations on those you choose to send to
specific people. It adds a personal touch where you can do it. Of course, for those not good on
computer or typewriter the whole note may be handwritten and those sent to individuals may be very
select indeed!

Add pictures. Again, those well versed on a computer can stick pictures in pretty easily provided
you can get them in electronic form. Most places now offer scanning services with film processing.
Those with the ‗new-fangled‘ digital cameras have it made. For those who wrote their letter by hand
in the first place just pick out some good pictures that go with items in the letter, have several copies
made, and include them in the envelop. The phrase ‗a picture‘s worth a thousand words‘ goes a
long way when trying to explain the culture or circumstances surrounding an event in a foreign
country. It also helps complete the mental image of the people you are trying to serve and why that
service is so critical.
Following is a copy of Mike and Elizabeth Hurd’s Thank You Letter.(without the 12 small
photos they included) Mike made this Volunteer Manual for HCS.

                                                                                          August 20, 2000

  Hello All,

While we‘ve never been a fan of ‗form mail‘ it does seem to be the best way to convey thanks to a
number of people who supported Elizabeth and me as we went to Manaus, Brazil June 21. I stayed
a week and a half while Elizabeth returned August 11. With the pictures finally processed from the
trip and many of the pressing projects up-to-date it is time to give you our thanks in the form of a

  God works in marvelous ways and actually Liz‘s story prior to our departure is proof of that. Her
prayers were answered to find ways to generate the funds to stay the summer. She was given the
ability to generate all her needed finds beyond the initial airline tickets. Babysitting, piano and
horseback riding lessons, birthday money, and more babysitting kept her busy and gave her a good
outlet for discussing the trip. In the end the trip did not cost as much as first estimated and she
chose to spend the significant balance on items to donate to the kids there, rather than pocket the
extra finds. I can‘t help but be proud of her!

   Her Sunday School class and other friends also pitched in, as did mine, to donate clothes,
medicine, bedding, towels, toiletries, and other things to the work of HCS and missionaries Jack and
Penny Oyler.. You can learn more about this organization at the Web site:
www.hope4streetkids.org These items are essential to meet the physical needs of these children
in order for them to listen to the Gospel when it is shared and to trust the ones sharing it as the truth.
These kids don‘t grow up in a trusting nurturing society like most of us have and therefore they have
the emotional scars distrust for anyone not a part of their immediate circle. Even so, the work of
HCS (Hope for the Children of the Street) has managed in only 3 years break down many of these
walls of distrust in order to know and care for 75-100 of the kids and make contact with another 2-
300 more. Of this number more than 20, to date, have gained salvation in Christ. In addition, they
are working to get off drugs and alcohol, learn a trade, establish themselves as productive members
in society, and several have returned to their families.

   Its hard to imagine children having to fend for themselves in this world, but there are kids 6 and 7
years old who have no where else to go, but to live in this loose association known as ‗Street Kids‖.
Few (less than 20%) of the estimated 2000-2500 street kids in Manaus out of a population of 1.9
million are actually orphans, a statistic that seems to be common around the world. Parents have
come in from the jungle on the rumor of work only to find that there is none. With limited resources
larger families find it difficult to feed everyone and the children then drift to the street. Sometimes the
strain of life causes circumstances of abuse and neglect that drive children to the street as well.
Either way they are there, hunting, hungry, ditty, often on drugs, and distrustful of anyone who
comes to ‗help‘. The authorities often see these kids as a problem to be ‗eliminated‘ as these kids
don‘t even rank as members of society. We learned just this past Friday night, for example, that a
boy Liz had met, Allan, was suspected of theft. The police simply shot and killed him and dumped
his body on the outskirts of town to ‗eliminate‘ the problem. The girls 13 or 14 and older, usually
wind up in prostitution where the police just ‗look the other way‘. This year is particularly difficult as
an election year because the police tend to round the kids up routinely to make things look better.

   Our part in the program helped provide a camp fix the boys to go learn a fishing trade and get
away from the influence of the street. The property is on an island in the mouth of the Manacapauru
River just off the Amazon The boys come here with a change in heart through salvation and a desire
to change their life. We built 2 bunkhouses, restrooms, kitchen and dining area, and a dock. The
ladies slept in a small existing house on the land while the guys slept on the boat. Yes, we caught
piranha off one side of the boat and swam and bathed off the other side. We went alligator hunting
one night, too, and enjoyed the tails the next night for dinner!
  The girls are not as tempted by the street, but must survive there, so a refuge just off the street is
sufficient for them. A program in town at the missionary couple‘s home (Jack and Penny Oyler)
allows them a place to shower, clean their clothes, and eat. Plans for drug rehab, an infirmary for
the pregnant girls, and classroom instruction are ‗in-the-works‘ again for those with a change of
heart. The donations come into the picture here as medical supplies help heal immediate injuries
and disease while another change of clothes and basic toiletries help heal emotional injuries of self
assurance, altitude, and trust.

  None of this work would be possible without your prayers, donations, and support. We thank you
for them and look forward to them in the future again. Continue to pray for the work there and the
difficult task they face from the distrust of the kids and the disinterest of the authorities and citizens.
Satan is alive and working diligently for the demise of these kids. We must pray for our place in
God‘s program as He seeks to show his love for these kids. Should you have questions about HCS,
Liz and I would be happy to help answer them. We‘ve also got lots of stories that I think you would
enjoy, just ask !

Thanks again. In Christ,
Mike and Elizabeth Hurd

Gift Ideas
David brought back gold and cattle from the spoils of war, too! In general… I wouldn‘t dare say
these will always work, but I was glad somebody had some ideas to work from the first time I went.
I‘m a guy who needs help getting things to take back so add to the list and be free with your ideas
when you get there. I mean, golf clubs for Mother‘s Day and a bulldozer for my wife at Christmas
sound like great ideas to me (yes, you know there‘s a story there somewhere don‘t you!).

Guys like a: (notice how long the list is)

      Hammock
      ‗Gator harpoon
      Machete
      Cravings
      Wood Set (50 or 300 different varieties of wood from Brazil)
      A dried piranha for the office desk
      _________

Women like a: (notice how short the list is – my poor wife)

    Piece of jewelry – Gem quality emeralds, topaz, tourmaline, and others come from Brazil
     along with hematite
    Herbs and spices grown in Brazil
    _____________

Kids like:

      Machete
      Knife
      T-shirts
      Stuffed/Dried Piranha
      Blow gun

In general people like:

      Coffee
      Food (nuts, dried/packed fruit - no plants or unpacked fruit through US customs)
      Carvings
      Chimes

                           Journal Pages
This isn‘t at the back of the book because it the least important. It‘s here to get to it easily
each day during the trip. Take some notes on what you see, hear, feel, imagine, and wish
about this place. Take note of what God is doing in the people and things around you.
These are personal things that nobody may ever read about unless you choose to tell them
or show them, but often its interesting to look back and see where you‘ve been in the journey
as a Christian. Its good to be able to share our growth then, if not the details, with others so
they might know what to expect, or not, as they mature along a similar path. It also helps
remember the details you wish to relay later.