October 27, 2007

I'm Halfway to 70

'Nuff said.

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October 25, 2007

World Cup coming to Brazil!

clipped from www.gmanews.tv
FIFA inspectors recommended Brazil's bid to host the 2014 World Cup on Thursday.
Brazil is the only candidate to host the 2014 competition, an event it has won a record five times but hosted only once ? in 1950, when it lost to Uruguay in the last match of the tournament before a Maracana crowd estimated at about 200,000.
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It's in 2014, but it is never too early to start planning. Or saving up for tickets...

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October 24, 2007

Outtakes

Still on the subject of last week's ministry trip to Fortaleza, here are some photo outtakes from the trip.

Antônio enjoys his sandwich.

Andrew gets some shuteye.

Daniele and Lili.

"The fish was this big..."

Antônio makes new friends.

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Puppet Presentation in Fortaleza

This weekend I had the privilege of taking the seminary puppet team (Cidade Feliz, Ao Vivo!) to the Igreja Batista Fundamentalista Cristo � Vida in Fortaleza. We did to programs on Sunday--one in the morning for Sunday School and one in the evening for the main service. Here are some video highlights.

Our regular program consists of songs, a couple Gospel magic tricks, and a story with a spiritual application (think of it as a puppet parable). Above is one of the magic tracks.

This is our story, called "The Two Paths".

Another Gospel magic illustration.

Our closing song...a Portuguese version of "I Love You Lord." On the spur of the moment we decided to have the puppeteers step out from behind the stage to finish the song. It was very effective--except that everybody forgot their proper exits.

Oh well. Practice, practice, practice.

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October 18, 2007

Some new BMM Bloggers

Ladies and gentlemen, blogging is starting to catch on among Baptist Mid Missions missionaries. I have some exciting new blogs to make you aware of.

First on the list is the blog of Miss Kari Lundberg. Kari is currently here in Brazil. Until recently she was working with us at the Cariri Baptist Seminary. Now she is in Fortaleza. She has some great stories to tell, and even quotes yours truly on occasion.

Another BMM couple that has just entered the blogging world is Dave and Ruth Kimmel. The Kimmels are currently preparing to go to Romania. Itacyara and I had the privilege of meeting them back when they were still considering joining the mission. We are excited to see what God is doing in their lives.

The Kimmel's blogroll made me aware of a few other BMM bloggers out there:

The Brandts, going to Boston

The Seelys in Cameroon

Kim Marks in Romania

The Gravely's in Romania

It would appear that there is a great new crop of missionary bloggers coming up within Baptist Mid Missions. More power to them!

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Speaking with Conviction

Just saw this video over at Pyromaniacs. It should be required watching in every homiletics class. Also some, like...world view issues in play...you know?

I know the blog has been somewhat inactive recently. I have been getting slammed with other tasks. It looks like I will be able to spend some time today to get everybody updated on what is going on down here.

Stay tuned.

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October 10, 2007

Prayer Request

Please be in prayer for colleague Mark Lounsbrough and his family, as they are heading to the US unexpectedly due to a sudden downturn in the health of his mother. She is not expected to live for much longer.

In a related request, be in prayer for me as I assume his Panorama of Doctrine class for four weeks.

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October 9, 2007

Present Participle Banned in Brasilia

Brazil faces serious problems of homelessness, poverty, crime, economic inequality, and corruption. With that in mind, it is good to see that the leaders of the country are focusing on the MOST important issue: grammar.
clipped from www.bloomberg.com
Brazil's Federal District Governor Jose Roberto Arruda ``fired'' the present participle from his administration, citing inefficiency.
Banning the verb form, which ends in ``ndo'' in Portuguese (``ing'' in English), was done to prevent government officials from using continuous tenses to obscure progress -- or the lack of it.
Decree No. 28.314 was issued to end vague promises by government officials, such as: ``We'll be taking steps,'' Globo news agency reported, citing aides to Arruda it didn't identify by name.
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Many Adventures of Andrew and Mikey

The past few weeks have been very eventful. One of the best parts for me was that our travels allowed me to spend some quality time with Mikey.

We went fishing for Piranha. Mikey caught two, Daddy caught one.

We went riding in colleague Tim Reiner's dune buggy.

Also with us was Pastor Piatt (more on his visit later). Mikey took this awesome shot of him as Tim drove him by in the dune buggy.

Treasure Island is a boy's paradise. I did some target practice, Mikey did a LOT of swimming, and we both went horseback riding. I found that after all these years, I still have not lost the knack.

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October 8, 2007

Going to Church vs. Becoming the Church

I often wonder if attendance will be up or down in our new church plant, and
if I will be satisfied or disappointed (a selfish swing of emotions that still
plagues me from time to time). Constantly, I remind myself that missions is
not about going to church, it?s about becoming the church.
Our responsibility is to expose people to the Gospel of Jesus; His Spirit
draws them into His Body as His Bride. Of course, church participation is
important for this is where hearts grow and minds mature, yet church
attendance is to be the result of something far greater.
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I have been terrible at posting recently, mainly due to the fact that I have spent most of the past three weeks on the road with only sporadic internet access. There is much to report and share, and I will be doing that over the next few days. I would like to begin with this excerpt from the new website of colleagues Tim and Vicky Reiner.

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