Eventually, they moved to Campo Grande, Brazil, where Lucio became dean of the seminary we had helped to start in the early 1980s. Our old friends became their new friends, and our lives have been intertwined ever since. Besides Maputo and Campo Grande, both our families have also lived in South Africa.
Over the years the children have grown up. Eunice married the son of friends from our Campo Grande days. She and Marcos now serve a Portuguese-speaking congregation in the Cape Town area. In December they welcomed their second baby.
Of course there are rewards to making new friends, but there is a solid security to a friendship that stretches over time, weaving in and out of many memories and relationships, with common goals of serving God. We don’t have to explain. They understand. They remember. I can only thank God for the privilege of such friendships.