September 8, 2012
The Puppetry Must Go On!
Since we moved to São Luís, our own involvement in puppet ministry has all but come to an end. We have put on a couple programs for VBS, but other than that, our foam friends are enjoying somewhat of an extended sabbatical.
On the other hand, Cicero and Nice Braga--our former partners in puppet-crime--continue to take the puppet work forward.
I just got this video of Nice giving a puppet tutorial, and thought I would share it for all of you who miss the occasional puppet-related posting.
October 16, 2010
Puppets Brazil Continues to Grow
I just received the following video from Cicero and Nice, showing their latest presentation, to a group of kids in Porto Velho. The first part of the video is a report on the local affiliate of a national TV network. Nice appears at about 1:18, talking about how their presentations include cultural stories and biblical lessons to "teach the children Christian values".
The second part of the video are some stills that Cicero put together of the event.
We are so proud to have been a part of the beginning of this great ministry!
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September 30, 2010
The (puppet) Show Must Go On!
One of the most popular questions we get as we visit our supporting churches on furlough is "What happened to the puppet ministry?"
While our partnership with Cícero and Nice ended for geographical reasons (we each moved to different parts of Brazil), the work still continues. With the support of her husband Cícero, Nice has taken on puppet ministry full time. They recently put on a presentation at the mall in Porto Velho (capital city of the state of Rondônia). Here are some of the pictures they sent me:
Itacyara and I are thrilled at the puppet work we began in the Cariri has spread to the other end of Brazil. And of course, Lord willing, it will be expanding to Cape Verde next year!
You can see more of Cícero and Nice's continuing work with puppets at their website.
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July 28, 2010
The Return of the Andrew and Max Show
Not Missionary Max, but Max the puppet. Daniel and I took this routine on the road back in 1993 when I was raising support to be a short term missionary. We revive it now for the VBS at Fellowship Baptist Church in Lakeland, FL.
June 27, 2010
End of an Era
Last night was the final presentation of the Amiguinhos de Jesus, a puppet ministry that began sixteen years ago. Incidentally, our last presentation was at the Faith Baptist Church in Juazeiro--also the site of the first presentation "way back in the day".
I mentioned this to one of our puppeteers, and her response was "Wow! I was five back then!"
There were almost 200 people in attendance, most of them children. As the organizer and trainer of the group, this was one of my proudest moments. The Gospel was presented several times, all in ways that never once lost the kid's attention.
Below are some pictures from the evening.
Daniel, a member of the team from years gone by, brings to life one of his famous magic tricks.
A final farewell from the Amiguinhos de Jesus puppets and puppeteers.
Daniel and Bagaço clowning around after the show.
A final group shot. *snif*
Some more pictures just became available. Rather than make a new post I am going to include them here.
"Mestre Misarevlis" and Laraginha teach the kids a song.
And of course a momentous occasion such as this had to end in pizza!
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