Elder Mackay's letter home this week was very short. He has been extremely ill since Christmas Eve, so he didn't have much to write home about. To make a long story short, he was rushed to the Emergency Room (Brazilian equivalent) on Christmas Eve with numbness in both his hands and face. Due to his high temperature as well as other symptoms, the doctors initially thought he had malaria and/or dengue fever. As you can imagine, our conversation with him on Christmas Day wasn't what we had hoped. Fortunately, all test results came back negative the following day, but he is still quite ill.
The following is a brief description of the highlight of his week:
Thank you for keeping me in your prayers...I appreciate it. By the way, I was transferred to Cidade de Deus (City of God) in the northeast corner of the North Zone. The area I am specifically in is called Jardim Botânico 2 (Botanical Garden). All four missionaries in the house are Americans. It is really, really green and has tons of jungle. We take trails in the forest to get to appointments. Besides missionary work, we teach an English class, which is great. Our house has A/C and the people here are a little more native looking. It is even more humid than my previous area and there are a lot of little onion farmers.