Friday, May 29, 2015

Fabulous video of wildlife in Brazil - The Pantanal better than I ever knew it.

From 1985 until 1994, I was privileged to be in the Pantanal in Western Brazil many times. This is the largest "wetlands" area in the world, larger than England. Great friendships grew up with those hardy souls who dedicated themselves to serving the scattered populations along the Paraguay River and I thank God for each and every person who braved those unbearably hot days and endless swarms of bugs.

In 1985, the "Pantanal Project" was born, involving a holistic ministry that touched, and still touches, hundreds of people with the Good News. Thanks to Kathy and Chevy Cheveldayoff for the amazing work they did in getting that project going, and to Jose Valamatos for building the little boat, "Logos", that braved those amazingly treacherous waters. So many others developed the program / project - names too many to mention.

In the Pantanal the jaguar reins on the land and the alligators in the rivers and swamps. In between are 400 species of fish, 300 species of birds and billions of mosquitoes. Fabulous video of jaguars leaves you breathless. Click here for the video.

John Grisham's exceptional novel, "The Testament", published in 2000 is based on the Pantanal Project. Larry King wrote, " has the best first 50 pages for pure storytelling impact that I have ever read," and Daily News (New York) wrote, "the pages almost turn themselves."

This video is well worth the time. We watched it in our home in smaller sections, over three meals during a day. If you let the video run to its end, the next one comes along, also about the Pantanal.

As good as the video is, and it's fabulous!, read "The Testament", if you haven't ever heard of it! It's probably one of the best novels I've ever laid my hands on.

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