There and Back Again: The Reutter’s Tale about Rio Branco

Welcome to Rio Branco

Rio Branco means "White River" - humm, hardly

Rio Branco means White River - humm, hardly

The next afternoon (Friday afternoon) we left for Rio Branco. Rio Branco is a city of around half a million people and is the capital of one of the newest states in Brazil, Acre (the “Ac” is pronounced like the ack in “Yack” and the “re” is pronounced like “ree” – Ack-ree). It’s a beautiful city, no doubt thanks to a number of good mayors and governors who invested in the city by making real highways, beautiful parks, a nice downtown, etc. It was strange: we were certainly still in the Amazon Basin but with some of the amenities of a 1st world city. Oh Santarém! I would love for this to be true for you as well!

Jungle, meet highway.  Highway, meet jungle.

Jungle, meet highway. Highway, meet jungle.

Even inside the city, the roads were quite decent

Even inside the city, the roads were quite decent

In fact, Rio Branco is one of the cities in Brazil being considered to host matches in the upcoming 2014 World Cup, the Olympics of Soccer! Imagine all the countries of the world coming to the Amazon jungle to play soccer! Amazing.

Possible home of upcoming World Cup matches, Arena da Floresta (Stadium of the Jungle)

Possible home of upcoming World Cup matches, Arena da Floresta (Stadium of the Jungle)

We were taken to the home of a woman from the local PAZ church, Vanda, and her family who live in a beautiful, closed and secure housing development on the outskirts of town. The development is full of little ponds and huge houses. In fact, the senator from Acre lived in the development as well as the ex-governor.

Inside the beautiful neighborhood where we stayed

Inside the beautiful neighborhood where we stayed

The house itself was large and we were given our own suite to use. In the back, there was a nice pool that we didn’t use until the retreat was almost over and we had time to relax. It was a huge yard, and reminded me of the beautiful neighborhoods in the States. Vanda and her husband were in banking until they bought the farm, or I should say bought a farm, and began working their dream: ranching! Very neat and interesting couple.

The home where we stayed

The home where we stayed

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8 Comments
  1. What a cool trip! I love the pictures!

    I had never really understood the story behind Carnaval, but now it’s much more clear why we need to pray against this sort of festival. Thank God for PAZ and all that you guys are doing!

  2. After reading all of that I’m still just amazed that pineapples don’t grow on trees….that picture really opened my eyes to a whole new reality.
    Totally joking of course. 🙂 Awesome update and pictures. It must feel amazing to know you are making such a difference in so many people’s lives.
    ….but seriously….they really don’t grow on trees????

  3. Love to you, Nate and Ruth! I am enjoying your update this morning as part of my worship time. I am loving not only seeing the pictures, but your sense of humor, Nate! Aunt Do

  4. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and the trip diary. I can visualize better what your work is like and be better prepared to pray for you. I am praying for you to have God’s strength as you continue to meet the challenges of making more disciples.

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