Stephen (Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission)
–Paraphrased from Stephen’s mission interview–
Learning Portuguese and Adjusting to the Mission in Brazil
I thought that I knew Portuguese before I got there, but the accent was very different in the Porto Alegre area. It took me awhile to understand what everyone was saying. It was like having a glass shield in front of me, and I could see the words come out but they wouldn’t reach me. At the beginning, all I knew how to do was bare my testimony, and how to pray. Learning the language was very mentally exhausting. One of the hardest experiences was learning how to be a missionary, learning how to be a man, and trying to master the language.
That was one of the most difficult things that I had done up to that point. I think every missionary at some point in their mission will think about going home, or serving in a part of the world that’s “easier.” It’s a stupid thought, but every missionary has to overcome it