The morning after Rio 2016 — everyone goes home (?)

Rio 2016 Olympics

Olympic travelers were told to get to Rio’s Galeão airport 6 (yes that’s 6) hours ahead of their flights today.  The airport is expected to be crowded today.   But not as crowded as the streets of Rio.  Rio traffic is notoriously congested, full of people who live there and want to get where they need to go.  engarrafamento-brasil

Those airport instructions, just like the geography in my blog title, have little to do with Brazilians.

Day 4 –Visibility of exploitation

Brasil, Rio 2016 Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are in full swing.  The visibility of the Olympics on NBC is limited.  You could get the impression that the USA is taking home all the nbc-2016-olympics-logo-riogold!

Some Brazilians are making visible some hidden aspects of a global event.  They both see and and represent the Olympics through religious and evangelical commitments.  (I have written about these commitments in posts over the last three days, that you can read, if you are interested).

Day 3: Brazil is the world!

Brasil, Rio 2016 Olympics

Did you see the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil?

As expected, they put on a beautiful show.  I liked how they focused on how Brazil relates to the world.  We got to see representations of how the world made Brazil, how Brazilians transform global culture for their use and how Brazil’s struggling eco-system and struggling economy reflect global realities.

Day two: Evangelicals in the Rio landscape

Brasil, Rio 2016 Olympics

Tonight the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio should be very special. Brazilians know how to throw a party and they know how to Bring people into their shared life, into their community. Be prepared!

rio-2016-bannerWhen we lived in Brazil, we were welcomed into the lives of people, into whole families and into church communities when we lived there. So much so that, to this day, we will feel like we are part of Brazil, and estranged members of several families.

Day one: Brazilians are innovative religiously.

Brasil, Rio 2016 Olympics

Tomorrow the Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

You probably know that Lois and I lived in Brazil from 1977 to 1986 where, as missionaries, we provided support to pastors and leaders in the rapidly growing numbers of churches.

 

Brazil is a VERY religious place, and diverse. Most Americans think that Brazil is strongly Catholic, but that is a mistake.