Yesterday we began the process of obtaining dual citizenship, which will allow us to continue to be US citizens and Brazilian citizens as well. This will be the most secure and best way for us to stay in Brazil permanently and serve the Lord here. We have a "permanent visa", but it needs to be renewed every 5 years and their is no guarantee that it will be extended every 5 years. We met with our immigration lawyer yesterday and signed the contract with her to start the process. Like everything else in Brazil, this process will take time because of the excessive government bureaucracy. Most of the work takes place in Brasilia, the capitol of Brazil, and most likely it could take between 6 months to 1 year.