November 28, 2007
On Friday night the seminary hosted a festival of choirs. A couple church choirs participated, as well as the student choir. Below are some highlights.
This is the choir from Fonte de Luz (Source of Light) Baptist Church. They did an peppy little number in Greek(!) which was one of the evening's favorites.
Marcos Perin is a graduate of our seminary who is now playing serving as music pastor for one of our local churches. Here he plays a violin solo.
Sara is a first-year student with a tremendous vocal ability. Her solo was very well received.
One of my favorite numbers was this a capella piece by the seminary choir.
Meet Renato and Marcos. Both are music pastors at their respective churches. Both are graduates of our seminary. Renato is the director of our music program. In that capacity he is training church musicians who will leave here and go to all corners of Brazil. Marcos has developed a program to give music lessons to underprivileged children. Together, Renato and Marcos are raising the cultural level in our churches, and in our community at large. The evidence of it was in the quality of the musical praise offered up at this year's Choir Festival.
November 22, 2007
Banquet Nite Post Script
I was fooling around with my Comic Life program on the Mac and the archive of pictures from the banquet. This is what I came up with.
One of the things that kept me busy (and not blogging) over the past couple of weeks were the senior's oral exams. We had a large class this year, and so I got to sit on the examining board for six students.
Below is a picture of myself with two other profs examining Daniel (the nervous looking guy in the foreground).
Daniel is a smart man--he brought a cooler full of Coke for his examiners.
On Saturday the seminary held it's annual Graduates Banquet. Here are some outtakes.
Chico and I striking our best pose.
A right handsome couple.
Itacyara clowning around with some of the girls.
That same handsome couple. They just keep popping up!
By far the most beautiful girl at the banquet!
November 21, 2007
Puppets with Purpose
I have had a lot of people recently ask me about different aspects of puppetry. A good part of our ministry here in Brazil involves the use of puppets, and I am always happy to impart whatever experience I have that may be of help.
With this in mind, I have started a new blog dedicated exclusively to puppet ministry, with an emphasis on the use of puppets in missions. It will probably not be updated as much as this one, but I hope to include content that will be useful to those who are, or wish to be, involved in puppet ministry.
In somewhat related news, this blog will be undergoing some changes in the next couple of months. During that time, you may notice a delay in your comments being published--if they should happen to be published at all. I am truly sorry for the inconvenience--but the end result will be much better.
November 7, 2007
This year's evangelistic outreach to the Romeiros (pilgrims) that flock here each year was a huge success. So successful, in fact, that the Catholic Church mounted a rather vigorous counter-campaign. Theirs was not so successful. In fact, it would appear that their numbers are dwindling--due in part, no doubt, to the fact that some of those formerly in bondage to this particular fringe of Catholicism have understood the meaning of Grace and put their trust in Christ.
As usual, I was in charge of the "puppetry wing" of the outreach. This is our team as we were about to set out for our first day of ministry.
Because we had to go through the power company to run our sound system, things were a little complicated.
Finally we got everything set up, and Antonio "lit us up".
On the first day, Daniele talked to this little boy and led him to Christ.
We had the largest crowds I can ever remember, and two children made professions of faith. Many other children and adults went home with Gospel literature to read.
My puppet is called Chico. I use him because he only speaks in growls, and thus my accent is indistinguishable. He is quite popular with the kids.
A newcomer this year, Azulejo is also a big hit.
This year we combined puppetry with gospel magic. Azulejo "helps" Daniel present a Gospel message using ropes and knots.
At the end of the day we were exhausted...but not too exhausted for a little pizza!
November 5, 2007
Gisele Doesn't Want Dollars
Gisele Bundchen wants to make a lot of money ? just not in dollars.
The supermodel is insisting that she be paid in almost any currency but the U.S. dollar, Bloomberg reports.
Even after the dollar lost 34 percent since 2001, the biggest investors and most accurate forecasters say it will weaken further as home sales fall and the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates.