Brazil News and Views

A Matter of Perspective

Brazil is very different from the US. How different, you ask? Let me tell you… Because we are closer to the equator, the moon is closer. A LOT closer. So close we can reach out and grab it. It is also quite a bit smaller than I had imagined. Also due to our location, normal-sized…

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The Best Kind of Snake…

…is one that, like this one found on our seminary campus, has assumed room temperature. My son does not agree with me. Talk back to the missionary: Which do you prefer:”snakes alive” or “shuffling off this mortal coil”? Remove the scales from our eyes in the comments section.

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I Stand Corrected

Contrary to the opinion I expressed on a recent post, fusion of Brazilian styles and traditional Scottish bagpipes is not only possible, but a quick search on YouTube turned up several groups who do just that. Perhaps the most interesting to me was this performance in Scotland between a Brazilian Pipe and Drum group and…

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One Last Orientation

For us this semester will be one of “lasts”: the last classes taught, the last chapel service, etc. before God moves us to our next place of ministry. Last week was our last orientation. Because I am the Dean of Campus Students, Itá and I got to give special direction to new students. The following…

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Andrew 1, Piranha 30

A few weeks ago I got together with some of our missionary colleagues to discuss some exciting possibilities for our group here in Brazil. Afterward we went out and did some fishing for Piranha. Between the three of us we caught thirty-nine fish. So far so good. Of those thirty-nine, I caught exactly one. The…

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It’s That Time of Year Again

Carnaval time. When Brazil goes crazy for about a week, and then settles down for a big hangover. Every year there seems to be some story during Carnaval that makes the international news. This year is no different. I turned on Bill O’Reilly yesterday to see a segment about the samba school in Rio that…

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Seen In and Around Fortaleza

Our trip to Fortaleza to take care of paperwork was not about bureaucracy. Here in Brazil trips are seldom without some form of adventure, and this was certainly the case yesterday. My friend Teófilo took me to this amazing used book store yesterday morning. Rows and rows of books, including a large English-language section where…