February 22, 2006

Temporary Blog Silence

We are going to São Luís this weekend for Carnaval retreat. I have a lot of preparing to do before then, and we will have no internet access during the retreat itself, so this will be our last update for a while.

Please be in prayer for the retreat--especially for the unsaved people who will be in attendance.

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February 19, 2006

Your Prayers Are Appreciated

In just a couple hours I will be bringing the Word of God to the people of the Igreja Batista da Paz (Peace Baptist Church). Of late, I have been struck by the tremendous responsibility I have in so doing--and how unworthy I am of such a responsibility. If you think of it, please pray that that the Word will do the talking, and that I would be simply the mouthpiece.

Thank you.

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February 18, 2006

Library Thing

Just want to give a public "thank you" to my friend "The Chairman", who gave me the present of a lifetime subscription to Library Thing. I have removed all the books I had on the account, and will now only post a book there once I have read it, and am able to write a review about it.

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February 17, 2006

Sociedade das Senhoras

This is a picture of Itacyara teaching the ladies at Peace Baptist Church this evening. The subject was "Knowing the Bible", something Itacyara is very qualified to talk about!

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February 14, 2006

First Day of Classes

This was the scene at the front desk as new and returning students crouded in to sign up for classes at the seminary.

As the morning progressed, students met with their faculty counselors to sort out their schedules. I have not been on the faculty long enough to be a faculty counselor yet, but, due to the absence of two of the professors, I got to serve in this capacity today.

Here a couple of married students go over their class schedules.

In chapel, we got to meet all the new students. It is a smaller group than in previous years, but I am encouraged by the excitement I see in them.

At the end of chapel time, I got to explain the changes in the Ministry Internship program to the entire student body. That was fun. It is getting positive reviews so far. We will see how things go as we get into the school year.

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February 13, 2006

Mikey and Sharkbait

Too much cuteness for one photo.

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Ministry Internship Booklets

Today is orientation day for new students here at the Cariri Baptist Seminary. Tomorrow, all the students will be getting these booklets which we developed to help track their progress in their practical ministries. I will be explaining the new system to them in chapel.

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Choir Practice

Yesterday afternoon we had our second choir practice at Peace Baptist Church. There is alot of potential in this group. Some of the songs we are practicing are a little challenging, and they are making great progress.

Leonard Bernstein I am not.

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February 10, 2006

Sharkbait

After almost six years of marriage, I have finally succumed to pressure and gotten a pet--a cat to be specific. Her name is Sharkbait.

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When The Director is Away...

What happens when our director decides to take a vacation (in Argentina, of all places!)

Hi, and welcome to the Cariri Baptist Seminary. As you can see, we have instituted "casual Friday" here.

So here's my plan, Pastor Daví*...we put the olympic-sized pool right next to the tennis courts.

Yes, that's right. I want a Coke machine in every building. Make it two.

*chairman of the seminary board

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February 9, 2006

OH NO!

As the cartoon wars spread, other groups take their turn at being offended!

Thanks to Brian for the tip.

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Forum Update

Jim over at Missionary_Blogs posted an interesting article on missions to indigenous tribes in South America. I posted some comments, which can also be seen at the forum.

Also, avatars have been enabled at the forum. Woo hoo!

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February 8, 2006

The Cartoon Wars: A Christian Perspective

Possibly the best article I have seen with regard to a Christian response to the Cartoon Wars can be seen here.

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Andrew the Puppet Guy

I don't put many (hardly any) of these quiz things on this site, but, since I am known here in Brazil as André dos Fantoches (Andrew the Puppet Guy), I thought it would be interesting to see which Muppet I came up with. Not surprisingly, I ended up with the same results as my brother.

You Are Fozzie Bear
"Wocka! Wocka!"
You're the life of the party, and you love making people crack up.
If only your routine didn't always bomb!
You may find more groans than laughs, but always keep the jokes coming.
The Muppet Personality Test

The Muppet I personally identify most with, however, is this one:

And, just to clear things up...my jokes do not ALWAYS bomb. Just some of the time.

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Veja has Guts

This week's Revista Veja (the Brazilian equivalent of Time or Newsweek in the US) has an excellent article on the so-called "cartoon wars", in which they reprint several of the cartoons. Many American news outlets did not have the courage to do that. On their cover, they also correctly identify what the conflict is: a guerra de civilizações--war of civilizations. Although, as one blogger has pointed out, calling what the islamic world has a "civilization" may be somewhat of an exageration.

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Monkey Business

This morning when I arrived at the seminary, I was greeted by three playful--but camera-shy--Sagui monkeys. This is the best shot I got...there are some others on the photo page.

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February 7, 2006

Remember the Forum?

I am giving the Missions Forum one more try. I just posted a couple threads about the "cartoon violence" in the Mideast. If there is anybody interested in discussing these issues from a missionary perspective--as well as any other topic--then feel free to mosey on over there and join in.

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February 6, 2006

Drool!

This has nothing to do with missions or Brazil, but, as owner of this blog, I reserve the right to temporarily stray off topic.

I just discovered this on Amazon, and it has gone straight to the top of my wishlist!

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Chapel Construction

This is a picture posted on Mark Lounsbrough's website, showing the progress of construction on the chapel at the seminary.

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