July 30, 2006

Generations

While we were in So Lus last week, I got to meet Itacyara's 98-year-old grandmother. She is surprisingly spunky (although, knowing Itacyara and her family, that should not be a surprise), and we had a nice conversation. Below is a picture of Itacyara, Grandma, and Mikey.

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Team Spirit, Brazilian Style

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 30 (Reuters) - Rioting Gremio supporters set fire to portable toilets, twice forcing their team's match away to arch-rivals Internacional to be interrupted on Sunday.

Guardian Unlimited Football | Breaking News | Rioting fans set toilets on fire in Brazil

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July 29, 2006

Back Home

We arrived home today from our week-long vacation in Maranho. We had many adventures as we showed my parents around Itacyara's home town. Pictures and video will be forthcoming.

As always, I am returning home with a great sense of the opportunities in that region, and a renewed resolve to go there permanently as soon God allows.

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July 24, 2006

The Diagnosis

It would appear that, for all practical purposes, my laptop has died. There is still a chance I may recover the data from my hard drive, but other than that, it is history.

Sooooooo, now we begin the process of figuring out where to go from here. Fortunately, our desktop is running well (or was when we left home), but the laptop is kind of essential when it comes to my work at the seminary.

I am only going to start worrying about this when I get home from So Lus, however. In the mean time, I will daydream about a replacement.

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July 19, 2006

Here and Gone Again

I must apologize for not being very frequent with my updates over the last couple of weeks. I have been quite busy with different activities, including, most recently, going to Fortaleza to pick up my folks.

Another reason lack of frequency of updates is that my laptop is in the shop. Unfortunately, it will continue to be in the shop until the beginning of August. If you think about it, you might pray that the problem (something with the hard drive) would be fixable so I can have my laptop back before the beginning of classes at the Seminary.

Tomorrow we are leaving for So Lus, where we will be spending a few days with my folks and my wife's family. My access to a computer will be minimal, so I will probably not be doing much updating between now and when we return.

So, in my absence, I leave you with this:

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July 13, 2006

In Fortaleza

I am currently in Fortaleza. I made the trip in to pick up my parents, who will be coming in on Monday. I came in a little early in order to pick up my id card from the Federal Police. In compensation for the red tape I battled upon our arrival in Brazil, today I was in and out before even before they officially opened for business.

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July 12, 2006

VBS Video

A church in New York requested that I put together a video for them to show at their upcoming VBS. Here is the result. Short, sweet, and not too awfly time-consuming.

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July 11, 2006

New Congregation in So Lus

Many of you know that our plan is to re-locate to the state of Maranho in the next couple of years. Our burden is for the people of this needy state.

In the meantime, God has allowed Itacyara and I to support, in a small way, one of our Brazilian missionaries working there. He was in our home yesterday, and brought this picture of one of the services at the newest congregation in the city of So Lus.

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July 10, 2006

60th Anniversary of the Seminary

This last week the Cariri Baptist Seminary celebrated it's 60th anniversary. It was a tremendous event, with much glory being given to God for the things He has done here in Brazil over the past six decades.

As I mentioned earlier, my main job during the conference was to produce four videos about the history of the seminary. This I did, and the videos were very well recieved (even though I included a guy in the "dearly departed" section who is actually alive and well and living in Brasilia), and several people have requested copies.

On Saturday evening I was putting the finishing touches on the last of the videos, when we got word that Tom and Evelyn Willson, pioneer missionaries here at the seminary, had recoreded a video greeting from the states. Many of the pastors and missionaries present sat under Tom's tutelage at the seminary. Was there a way we could include the video in the presentation?

Mark Willson (Tom's son and one of the professors here at the seminary) and I began to wrack our brains trying to figure out how to get the video here. We were able to get it on Google Video, but unable to download it. Our seminary is not yet technologically advanced to the point where we could hook up to the internet and have the video shown online.

Finally I hit on the solution of having the people in the US upload it to my Hipcast account, from whence I downloaded it. I then clipped it into the video, and recorded the DVD.

At this point time was becoming a factor. The DVD started recording at 6:45. The final session was set to begin at 7, and it takes about 15 minutes for me to get from my house to the seminary. Fortunately, "Brazilian time" worked in my favor. I left the house at 7:20, and pulled on to campus just as the congregation was singing their first hymn. I ran to the sound booth (located on the stage, next to the orchestra) and inserted the DVD.

A few minutes later, as Tom and Evelyn's video greeting was playing on the big screen, I noticed that most eyes in the audience were moist, and a few were openly crying. When it was done, the crowd burst into applause--not for the video presentation, but for the blood, sweat and tears that this dear couple had invested in the lives of those present.

I have been given permission to share the video with you. It is in Portuguese, but the emotion and love of this couple for Brazil is evident.

If you have trouble seeing this, you can try here or here.

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July 7, 2006

Facts From the Seminary


In doing some research on the Cariri Baptist Seminary for the video project I am putting together (two of them have been shown already--two more to go), I was given some interesting statistics which I thought I would share with you:

* In the past 60 years, our seminary has graduated 492 students.
* Of those 492 students, 168 are pastors.
* 84 are pastors wives.
* 33 are missionaries.
* 154 are involved in some part-time ministry.
* 5 are serving on foreign fields (including one in the US)
* Our graduates are currently serving as professors in six seminaries here in Brazil. There is a seminary in Fortaleza who's teaching staff is made up almost entirely of our former students.
* In all, 89 percent of our total number of graduates are currently involved in the ministry in some way.

Numbers like these are among the many reasons I am very proud to be associated with this institution.

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July 4, 2006

Seminary Site

All of us at the Cariri Baptist Seminary were assigned projects for our 60th anniversary celebration which begins tomorrow. I had three: develop a series of four short video presentations to be shown at each session, develop a website, and prepare a number for our church choir to sing on Thursday.

The videos are as complete as they can be. I am still waiting on a couple of photos which must be included.

The choir is as prepared as it is going to be. We had our last practice on Sunday.

The website is here. It is a work in progress, but it is up and running. Look for a new banner in the next few days.

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July 3, 2006

Back to Square One

I just talked to our realtor, and she informed me that the buyer we had for the house had to back out due to inability to obtain financing. So, we are back to square one.

The nice thing about square one is, we have been here before. It is familiar territory. Of course we would very much like to be at square two or three, but since we have to be at square one, we might as well make ourselves comfortable.

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July 2, 2006

Last Night Was Not a Total Wash

After the travesty that passed for a World Cup game, we went to a wedding. A romantic moment and an alert photographer at the reception resulted in this gem.

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July 1, 2006

Bah!

I cannot belive it happened again! France (France!) takes Brazil out of the World Cup. Of course, the Brazilians have been playing like timid little girls, so what were we to expect, right?

Needless to say, it is very subdued around here. There are two big benefits to this loss:

1) I will be able to get a good night's sleep, unhindered by firecrackers and loud music.

2) There will be no more schedule disruptions due to the whole country stopping to watch a soccer game.

Still, I am pretty melancholy right now. I really wanted Brazil to go all the way, and to see them beaten by France (why, oh why, did it have to be France?!?) really adds inslut to injury.

Quick diagnostic for the Brazilian team: GET A NEW COACH!!! Preferable, Big Phil, the Brazilian who took them to last year's world cup. He is currently coaching the Portuguese team, which will play in the semi-finals. He could take them all the way. He is just that good.

Sorry I have rambled. I'm going to bed now.

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Busy Weekend

I am sorry for the fact that I have been neglecting this blog most of this week. I have several projects lined up for the upcoming sixtieth anniversary of the seminary, and they have pretty much taken up my blogging time. In about an hour I have a meeting with a seminary student about his practical ministry. From there, I will be taking a group of seminary students to a nearby town for a wedding. Somewhere in between there we will watch Brazil play France (go Brazil!) I will get home late tonight, and imediately resume work on the projects.

Hopefully you will be able to see the projects online by the end of next week. I would post them as soon as they are done, but I don't want to spoil it for anybody who will be seeing them at the conference.

Also on my project list is our seminary website, which should be up and running by the beginning of next week. As soon as it is, I will provide you with some "linkage".

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