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Fortuitous Encounters?

While scouting out the opportunities and challenges of Promoting Hope’s work in the town of Manoel Domingos, in December, with Rev. Gerson Pinto Cardoso, Director of the North Region of Brazil for the Church of the Nazarene, I learned about a young man, Dalmo Mucio, who was completing his engineering studies in aquaculture, at the Center for Bio-sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), in Natal. Dalmo (Brazilians are usually called by their first names), had discovered aquaponics “accidentally” a few years earlier as he was conducting some water tests for fish. He learned that if plants grow in the water with the fish, there are fewer toxins, and that both fish and p