February 26, 2007

Caption Challenge for 2/26/2007

(Aside to Connie...believe it or not, I already had this one stored away when I got your e-mail. Do great minds think alike or what?)

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Book of the Week: Hope Grows in Winter

This is a collection of essays on the subject of Hope written by people associated with Practical Bible College (now called "Davis College") in Binghamton, NY.

The authors deal compassionately and knowingly on how to have hope in the midst of the various trials of life. Depression, death, AIDS, anger and temptation--along with other subjects--are dealt with by people who have had first-hand experience in them.

A pleasant surprise for me was finding a chapter written by Pastor Bill Boulet, who was my Pastoral Theology teacher in college.

An outstanding resource for the counselor and the counseled.

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Imitate Me As I Imitate...

As I mentioned in the last post, one group of teens in Joo Pessoa did a skit where I was imitated. Here it is.

The first guy introduces "me". As "I" get up to speak, "Mikey" (in green) clings to me. "I" also have to tell him to sit still during "my" talk.

Brazilians are very observant.

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Youth Camp in Joo Pessoa

Several weeks ago I was speaker for the youth retreat in the city of Joo Pessoa. My own camera being on the fritz, I was forced to rely on others. I just got a great set of pictures and videos which I had to share.

The highlight of our time there was the kids. What an awesome group of young people!

Here I am preaching in one of the morning sessions. Wearing my Palmeiras shirt. I love camp!

I also had many opportunities to interact with the young people one-on-one and in small groups. It was great.

One of the strangest competitions I have ever witnessed. People had to guess what objects were what with their feet. What made it strange was the objects chosen.

This guy did a bang-up job inmitating me. I will be posting video of that soon.

Banquet night was fun, as you can see from the thrilled look on Mikey's face. We were both missing Mommy pretty badly at that point.

One of the contestants of "dress-up" night.

Jeff and Ivana--colleagues with Baptist Mid-Missions and directors of the Joo Pessoa camp.

Skit night.

MC Comings?

We had a wonderful time there. God blessed, and many young people made committments to a deeper, more meaningful Christian walk.

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Iguatu Camp

Many of you are already aware that at our last regional missionary meeting, I was made director of the camp in Iguatu. I am being "phased in" from now until May.

Last Tuesday the current director, Gary Barber, and myself went to the camp to look things over. While there, I got some pictures.

Welcome to Camp! This is the first sign you see, indicating the entrance to the camp.

Perhaps one of the biggest landmarks of the Iguatu Camp is this bridge with spans the lake. As you can see, the lake is kinda low. We are praying for water.

One big attraction is the "Tarzan Rope", from which people swing into the lake. Not much swinging going on at this point, once again due to the water levels.

The camp boasts a nice sports pad, suitable for basket ball and "futebol de salo".

Here we are looking from about the middle of the bridge at the sports pad and the dining hall.

This is one of the boy's cabins, back in the woods.

Here is another one, complete with hammock.

Last year, about 1,500 people were ministered to at the Iguatu Camp. We are hoping for a similar number this year, although that will be made difficult as we already had to cancel one retreat for lack of water. Gary Barber told me that this was only the second time he had to cancel camp, in his 20+ years as director. The other time was for flooding.

One of my goals is to develop a decent website for the camp, which I have already started working on. You can get a preview here.

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February 25, 2007

Abortion in Perspective

The focus of this blog is not political. However, there is one political issue--above all others--that I am passionate about. I believe that the abortion issue is the major moral struggle of our age--akin to the slavery issue of two centuries ago. In this day when William Wilberforce is being remembered for his heroic fight--based firmly in his Christian principles--against the horrors of slavery, it remains to be seen who will stand up and speak out against the horrors of abortion.

The two (abortion and slavery) are not as far removed as one might think. I recently read a message by John Piper which should serve as a wake-up call to all in the US, and around the world.

Also, I am very interested in Amazing Grace, the new movie that has come out about the life of Wilberforce. Unfortunately, I will not be able to see it until it comes out on DVD.

What follows is the trailer for the movie.

Seriously, if you are unhindered by contractual limitations, I would highly recommend that you go see this movie. More importantly, be inspired to make a difference.

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February 24, 2007

Brazil to Iran: No (More) Nuclear Technology for You

This day-brightener appeared in my inbox this morning:

Brazil implements U.N. sanctions against Iran - International Herald Tribune

SAO PAULO, Brazil: President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a decree Thursday enacting a recent United Nations resolution banning the sale and transfer of nuclear equipment and technology to Iran, the foreign ministry said.

This is good news on a couple levels. First off, Brazil has usually aligned itself with leftist leaders such as Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, who are quite eager for Iran to develop the bomb. For Lula to make this kind of a break with them is momentous, and signifies what may be a growing rift. This is a good thing.

Another reason is found later on in the same article:

Brazil has the world's sixth largest uranium reserves.

Can you imagine the sixth largest uranium reserves being at Iran's disposal? I, for one, am very glad that door has been closed.

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February 23, 2007

Out of Commission

Since Wednesday afternoon I have been flat on my back with a combination fever, headache, and sore throat. I am feeling a little better now, but still not 100%. I hope to make it to the seminary this afternoon to play "catch-up" after a day and a half of absence.

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February 21, 2007

New Puppets on the Block

Here are a couple of our character designs for upcoming puppet projects.

Sauro (short for Dinosauro) will be featured on some clips that deal with Evolution vs. Creation.

Martinho and Lutero (Martin and Luther) are two brothers who will answer theological questions in an segment called "Tirando Suas Dvidas" (Removing Your Doubts).

BTW, if you haven't figured out who these guys are modeled after, click here.

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February 20, 2007

Back In Time

Recently I found a copy of the first prayer card I ever had printed up, ca. 1993. Here is the image from it.

I look a lot different now. Norman (the puppet) has stayed pretty much the same.

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Making Puppet Hair

God has provided us with truly gifted people who work with us in our puppet ministry. I have mentioned Ccero and Nice before. Below is a video of a contraption Ccero put together to make the puppet's hair. To make it, he used the motor from a windshield wiper, a calculator, and a magnetic alarm sensor. The calculator is used to count the number of turns, as recorded by the sensor.

This is just one of the machines he has improvised. He is in the process of making some more recordings, and I will have them posted as soon as he has them up.

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February 19, 2007

Puppetry Seminar

Earlier today the Cidade Feliz team did an impromptu puppetry seminar at the Carnaval reatreat of the Esperana Baptist Church. Here is an equally impromptu video.

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February 18, 2007

Carnaval at the Comings'

Seeing as how our church was unable to schedule a retreat during carnaval this year, we had the teens over to our house last night. Below are some pictures of the "proceedings".

Fun, food, and fellowship--the true Baptist distinctives.

Nathan puts on a brave face. Well...some kind of face, anyway.

While waiting for the pizza to come out of the oven, Itacyar had to shoo people out of the kitchen several times.

I, of course, have kitchen privileges.

Finally, the pizza arrived.

This made Junior very happy.

Afterwards, the guys "volutarily" helped with the dishes...

...while the girls cleaned up the mess.

Group Shot!

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February 17, 2007

Caption Challenge for 2/18/2007

As promised, Caption Challenges are back!

Have fun!

Ps. I have full comment moderation turned on, so your caption might not appear immediately. No worries...I will get to it ASAP.

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Book of the Week: The New World

This continuation of Churchill's monumental work taught me a lot about a period of English history of which I knew little.

I was fascinated at how Churchill describes the battles between Protestantism and Catholicism swirling around the throne. The conflict over the role of religion in public life is nothing new.

Churchill is the consummate anglophile, and has an obvious sympathy for the Crown. Thus, he tends to be generous to all the English rulers, even while describing their faults.

Of particular interest to me was his narrative of the Cromwell period. He shattered many of the preconceived notions I held about that time.

In an interesting side note, towards the end of the book Churchill picks up the tale of his own ancestors. As can be imagined, they are portrayed in heroic proportions. If they were anything like their illustrious scion, they were heroic indeed.

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Stay Tuned...

For the return of the ever-popular Caption Challenges!

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More Orientation Week Pics

Here are some pictures from orientation week here at the Cariri Baptist Seminary.

Getting to know you! Director Jim Leonard greets the students.

Yes, that's me in the middle. No, I am not sleeping. No, I am not wearing any socks.

New friends.

A tour of the Cariri.

Jim Leonard--Bible college director AND tour guide.

A tour of the cajuina factory.

Looking over Juazeiro.

The grand, overall view.

We thank God for each one of the new students brought our way. Pray for them as they begin the adventure of Bible college.

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Carnaval Time

The past weeks have been so hectic--meeting new students, matching them with prospective churches, planning and executing puppet practices, etc--that Carnaval time literally took me by surprise. The retreat I was scheduled to speak at in So Lus was canceled, and I just have not been thinking about it.

Suddenly, it is Saturday. The noise-makers can be heard outside. The whole country is preparing to cair na folia--roughly translated: temporarily remove all moral restraints and give themselves completely over to the flesh.

As happens every year, Carnaval will be accompanied by a brutal crime wave, a fresh outbreak of venereal diseases (the government's answer to this is to make condoms freely available to all), and an obscene number of fatal, alcohol-related accidents.

Some party.

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February 15, 2007

Freshman Class, 2007

Meet the freshman class of 2007 at the Cariri Baptist Seminary! Last week was our orientation retreat, and this week they have been getting used to their class schedule. I have almost all of them placed in churches for their ministry internships.

I love this time of year. The enthusiasm of new students and the dedication of the returning ones is infectious.

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Clippers Unite!

I feel I should let readers of this blog know about a web tool I have been using for some time now. Clipmarks is one of many bookmarking sites available today (others include del.icio.us and blinklist). Two features make Clipmarks stand out: 1) the fact that you can (and are in fact encouraged to) "clip" small portions of interesting articles, instead of saving the whole article, and 2) the dynamic community that debates, reffers, and "pops" each entry.

Clipmarks has been perfect for me as I endeavor to keep up with several news articles at once, with the busy schedule that I keep here. It also helps me to refine my opinions and hone my arguments before I post on a given topic, as communicating with the Clipmarks crowd is definitely NOT "preaching to the choir".

If you are a news junkie, a researcher, a blogger, or a missionary looking to keep up on events without reading article after article (ahem), Clipmarks is for you. One of my favorite features is the My Topics section, where any clip posted on selected subjects (in my case Brazil, Theology, Missions, Latin America, and Puppetry) shows up.

If you join, and want to look for my posts, do a search for "brazilnut72". Oh, and don't forget to install the browser extension. It makes things a lot easier.

Happy clipping!

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Brazil/Bolivia Update

It has been a while since I have reported on the conflict between Brazil and Bolivia. My apologies to those of you who rely solely on this site for Brazil news.

A little background: Last year president Evo Morales of Bolivia ordered Bolivian troops to take over foreign oil refineries in that country. Most of the refineries belong to Brazilian oil concern Petrobras. His incentive for doing this came from Venezuelan Hitler-wannabe Hugo Chavez.

Instead of standing up as the president of Latin America's largest and most powerful country, president Lula (a nickname which, fittingly, means "squid") rolled over and played dead. The excuse he offered for his inaction was appalling: "Bolivia is poorer than Brazil, so we are not going to take a hard line against them."

Today an agreement was signed between the two countries which basically gives Morales everything he wants. The BBC had this to say:

BBC NEWS | Business | Bolivia and Brazil agree gas deal

The deal, signed by Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales, ends months of dispute over the issue.

First of all, let me say that this ends nothing. Morales has discovered that he can bully Lula around, and he will continue to do so. You can count on it.

The article continues:

At a ceremony in Brasilia to mark the signing of the agreement, Mr Morales said: "This accord leaves us strengthened and allows us to deepen our democracy."

This is one of the most dishonest statements I have heard in quite some time. Morales is not interested in "strengthening democracy". In truth, he wants to do just the opposite. He is following the playbook of Hugo Chavez, and desires only to strengthen his own personal power.

Speaking of Hugo Chavez, his latest idea (after getting dictatorial powers from a lackey congress) is to nationalize private food outlets.

These are challenging days in Latin America.

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February 13, 2007

Puppet Practice

The following are some pictures of the "inhabitants" of the Cidade Feliz at practice last night. I feel like we accomplished alot. We are making good progress towards our goal of filming in June.

Fearless leader Andrew demonstrates proper technique.

Fabiana and Lili (Lili is the one with orange hair).

A human/puppet discussion.

Itacyara overseeing the proceedings.

We have added a couple new people to the team, and the space at our house is getting a little cramped. Pray that God will provide us with decent facilities!

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February 12, 2007

Say Hello to Bob

Meet Bob. Bob is a fantoche (that's "puppet" in Portuguese). In a little over two weeks we will be teaching seminary students and church members from around our region how to make a puppet just like Bob, and use it for ministry.

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February 11, 2007

Book of the Week: English As She Is Spoke

This week there will be a departure from the my normal routine in the Book of the Week department. I usually do a write-up of a book I have read recently. One of the purposes of this section was to provide an incentive for me to read one book a week. In this endeavor I have been moderately successful.

This week, however, I want to feature a book I have never read, but will make every effort to read someday. I had never heard about English as She is Spoke until I read today's post over at Pyromaniacs.

The following is from a review found on Amazon.com:

In 1855, when Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino wrote an English phrasebook for Portuguese students, they faced just one problem: they didn't know any English. Even worse, they didn't own an English-to-Portuguese dictionary. What they did have, though, was a Portuguese-to-French dictionary, and a French-to-English dictionary. The linguistic train wreck that ensued is a classic of unintentional humor, now revived in the first newly selected edition in a century.

Wikipedia has an article about the book, in which a few examples are given of the translations.

Portuguese Phrase: As paredes tm ouvidos.

Given Translation: The walls have hearsay.

Actual Meaning: The walls have ears.

Perhaps the funniest example given is this one:

Portuguese Phrase: Bem sei o que devo fazer ou me compete.

Given Translation: I know well who I have to make.

Actual Meaning: I know very well what I have to do and what my responsibilities are.

Upon reading English As She Is Spoke, none other than Mark Twain commented, "Nobody can add to the absurdity of this book, nobody can imitate it successfully, nobody can hope to produce its fellow; it is perfect."

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February 9, 2007

Creation Video

One of our missionaries has a ministry of Creation education here in Brazil. Below is a segment of a video he has just produced.

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Brazilian Christians vs. Asian Christians?

In checking my e-mail this morning, I found a letter from somebody who I have never met, who takes issues with some of the things I have written (probably this very early post), which is encouraging, because it means that somebody is reading the archives!

Anyway, I found the letter to be shocking it it's vitriolic hatred of Brazil. It comes, not from an ethnocentric American, but from an apparently ethnocentric Asian.

I tried to respond, but apparently the e-mail address he put down (keepbraziliansout.com--that should have been my first clue) is bogus. So, assuming that he will be back, I have addressed him here. His letter appears below in block quotes, with my responses in italics.

I find your e-mail disturbing, to say the least. Rather than my trying to respond all at once, let's break it down.

You write:

What is your vision for brazil ? A sexually deviant, brutal country where people go around sleeping with each other and changing partners like they change their cloth every night ? A Country with such high levels of brutal crime, back stabbing, betrayel, machismo culture? Where Christianity in churches appear like night clubs ? Dont tell me all countries are the same as brazil

In other words, Brazilians are sinners. So, may I remind you, are Americans, Asians, Europeanseverybody. Your castigating a whole culture by its ugly underbelly is disingenuous. Asia has its own ugly underbelly. Singapore comes to mind.

Brazil is one of the worst and dirtiest countries on earth. Its a country awaiting judgement. You keep blaming Muslim countries or asian countries, I can tell you that the non Christians in those nations are much more decent people and law abiding than most brazilians are.

Brazil has problems. There is no doubt about it. Still, here in Brazil I can worship freely, move about with no problem, even set up a speaker in a public praa and preach the Gospel. You mention Asian and Muslim countries; I dont know how you can seriously make the comparison. Violence in Brazil is random. Violence in Asia, and particularly in Muslim countries, is directed specifically at Gods people.

Go to Rio, to its carnival, to its wild sex culture, where women dance naked on streets

Ill pass. But go to Rio at any other time of the year, and you will see some of the most beautiful vistas in the world, and meet some of the nicest people around. Of course Rio has it's problems. So does Tokyo.

where the talk is nothing but sex all day long,

Where do you get that from? Conversation here is much less saturated with innuendo and double meanings than is daily conversation in the US. You are making some incredible and un-verifiable claims.

where friendships are broken so easily and no honour

???? Brazilians develop friendship on a deeper, more profound way than any other culture I know of. Also, the Brazilian sense of honour is quite well developed, even to an extreme.

you think a fallen country like this is welcome to other nations ?

Name for me a non-fallen country.

Even near by latin american countries are not so worse as Brazil is.

Oh yeah? Try living in Venezuela.

Rio And Sauo paulo are the sodom and gommorah of this earth.

Ever been to Manhattan? New Orleans? Florida during spring break?

I think its time for Asian Christians to unify and pray against this dirty sex culture of brazil and its deviant people who are truce breakers, and betrayers to start spreading into other nations and bringing their garbage and filth with them.

Pray against? Shouldnt that be pray for? I know that the Brazilian Christians are praying for the persecuted believers in Asia, Africa, and other places.

Americans are more or less self controlled but Brazilians?

One more huge generalization.

their life is party and drinking and sex and lust.

And another.

Brazil is a nation awaiting a terrifying judgement.

The world is a place awaiting a terrifying judgmentincluding Asia.

The more late the judgement is the more worse it will be for it.

You seem quite eager for this judgment to take place. You need to read the book of Jonah, especially the last chapter. I hope I am mis-reading you. If not, you are demonstrating a carnality and pride of startling proportions.

I dont consider Brazil where, men and women glide each other in life as 2 bars of soap is a nation worth exporting missionaries.

That is interesting imagery. Soare Brazilian Christians less Christian somehow? Are they not redeemed and transformed by the Grace of God? Are they somehow less qualified to serve as missionaries?

Brazil is a unholy, unrighteous, and one of the worst on earth.

I can almost hear you say I thank God that I am not as these Brazilians. Think about that.

Makes me proud I am Asian and that I can see Christianity at its best in Asia, not a filthy sex filled brazilian christianity.

Ok. Christianity is Christianity. In Gods eyes, Asians are no better than Africans, or Brazilians. Get over yourself.

If I had to guess, I would say that some Brazilian done you wrong, and you are upset about it. The domain name for your e-mail (I could find no such website, please tell me it does not exist) suggests an antipathy toward my adopted country that goes beyond the missions debate. Remember that there are 180 million Brazilians, and a great number of them are your brothers and sisters in Christif indeed it is that you are a believer.

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February 8, 2007

Puppet Update

Several exciting things are in the works for the puppet ministry. I can't share all of them here right now, but I wanted to make you aware of one possibility.

As we recorded our TV segments last year, we were plagued by lack of adequate space and recording facilities. We have made it a priority this year to find something better.

I believe we have.

Below are some pictures of a warehouse that is available for rent (less than U$100 per month) that would fit our needs exactly. The room is perfect, and the location is away from a lot of the noice of the city.

This is the main area. The furnishings belong to the current owner. We would naturally fill this area with props.

Bathrooms, necessary for any serious operation ;-)

Kitchen area, also a must.

Two small side rooms could fill any number of purposes, from storeage to sound booths to editing studios.

This is a video taken by Cicero and Nice (the people God placed here in Juazeiro to allow this ministry to go forward--I will write more about them later). It shows the warehouse in more detail.

Admittedly, we are thinking big. However, the potential for this ministry is great, we believe. Please pray. Ideally, it would be great if we could buy the place. The price tag is around U$15,000. A big amount for us, pocket change for the God we serve.

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February 6, 2007

Sunday School Heresy

The scene is Sunday School at our church this last Sunday.

Mikey's Teacher--Ok kids, I want each of you to pretend you are a Bible hero. Are you pretending? Good. Now tell me who you are.

Friend 1--I'm David, fighting Goliath.

Friend 2--I'm Daniel in the lion's den.

Mikey--I'm Spider Man!

Teacher--No...what I mean is...

Friend 1--Hey! I want to be Superman.

Friend 2--Batman!


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February 5, 2007

Book of the Week: The Peril of Islam

This week's Book of the Week is The Peril of Islam by Dr. David Yearick and Gene Gurganus.

First of all, let me state that Islam presents the greatest threat to Western Civilization today. It is a threat that few recognize, and fewer are willing to act upon.

Having said that, and although I agree with the basic premise of this book, it could have been presented in a much more coherent way, without quite so many grammatical or syntax errors, and with a more attractive format.

Surely there are other books out there that deal with this important subject in a more coherent and scholarly fashion. Any recommendations?

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February 4, 2007

The Victim's Relative

Here in Brazil, it is common for large crowds to gather at the scene of an accident. Macabre curiosity--part of the general human makeup--is a highly developed quality here.

The story is told of one Z who happened upon an accident as he was on his way to work. A large crowd had already gathered, and all Z could see was the top of the vehicle. Obviously, somebody had been hit.

Z was of rather short stature, and as much as he craned his neck, he could not see the victim. He tried several different angles, all with no success.

True to his Brazilian nature, Z formulated a plan. Usually a crowd will part for emergency workers and family members to attend to crash victims. Nobody would mistake Z for an emergency worker, but a family member, perhaps.

"Stand aside!" hollered Z over the throng. "Family of the victim coming through."

Slowly the crowd parted, and Z found himself staring at the mortal remains of a donkey.

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February 2, 2007

Future of Missions in Venezuela

It is official. Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan windbag democratically elected leader, is now a dictator. The charade is off. The gig is up.

In a move that eerily parallels Hitler's power grab in 1933 (it even has the same name), Chavez has, in effect, made himself the supreme leader of Venezuela.

The following is some insight from Mission Network News about the future of missions in that country:

Mission Network News

Venezuela (MNN) -- Venezuela's Congress granted President Hugo Chavez sweeping new powers, creating a thinly-disguised dictatorship. He now has the authority to legislate by decree and bring to life his vision of a more egalitarian socialist state. That's raised a few alarms among mission agencies in the country, given Chavez' progressive angst against them.

Trans World Radio's Jim Munger says many mission agencies are taking a 'wait and see' approach over continued work. Many are voluntarily pulling people out of the tribal areas and away from project zones and placing them in neighboring lower profile areas. Yet, despite a grim pattern, there's still hope.

Munger says China proved that. The Bamboo Curtain was tightly shut against missionary influence for decades, but when the Curtain parted, it revealed an already healthy and growing church network.

The same holds true for countries like Cuba and Venezuela. It all boils down to trust in God's plan. "In Cuba, which Chavez has openly stated that he is using as a pattern, in the last 15 years, we've seen a huge explosion of churches and Christian work in that country, with very few missionaries in from outside. So, God is sovereign and He can work, even though we can't send missionaries in."

Missionaries--like myself--who serve in neighboring Latin American countries need to take note. Hugo Chavez' ambitions go far beyond venezuela, as his meddling in our region proves. He is a dangerous man, on an evil mission.

The positive focus of the article is also good to bear in mind. God is in control. "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will." And the edification of His church does not depend on who is in political power.

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February 1, 2007

Seminary Projects

I just got home from a meeting of our seminary faculty. Two things are very clear: (1) God has privileged me to be able to work with a group of people who have passion for the Kingdom and vision for the future. (2) In order to turn that passion and vision into a reality we are going to be dependent on God's supernatural provision, and on the prayers and generosity of His people.

Here are some projects we would like you to be praying about, along with their approximate price tag:


We are currently using the new auditorium God provided us with last year, but there are still details that need to be cared for. We need to put in a ceiling ($5000), install lighting and sound ($5000), and put tile on the floor ($5000).


In order to handle the increasing demands of a growing and dynamic institution, we are in desperate need of a software program that will help us manage all the details. ($5000)

We are also in need of two new computers for the office. ($1000 each)


We are in need of new desks for the classrooms (120 desks at $50 each), new tops for our folding tables (20 tables at $40 each), as well as a number of smaller maintenance items on the numerous buildings on our campus.

We would certainly appreciate your prayers for God's provision in these areas. If you are burdened to help the seminary financially, send me an e-mail and I will be glad to give you the details of where you can send your tax-deductible contribution.

In a related item, we just set up a photo page for the seminary. Check it out!

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