Blast From The Past

Home Office vs HQ

Confession time: my sons are fans of the Disney animated series Phineas and Ferb. More painful confession time: I have been known to sit and watch episodes with them. One of my their favorite parts of each episode is when Perry the Platypus–ostensibly a household pet–goes through some amazingly intricate secret portal to HQ, where…

Blast From The Past

Visit to Portsmouth, Ohio

As we drove down into the Ohio river valley and the spires of the town of Portsmouth came into view, I turned to my lovely wife (aka The Brazilian Bombshell) and exclaimed “I love places like this!” This elicited a roll of her captivating brown eyes. She hears this every time we drive through some…

Book Reviews

Book Review: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

Effective communication and “connecting” are subjects near and dear to a missionary’s heart. Almost everything he does–from church-relations to on-field ministry–rises or falls on his ability to connect with others. Therefore, John C. Maxwell’s latest offering, “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect”, is timely and relevant for all involved in missions. Without a doubt it is valuable…

Blast From The Past

Batavia Blessings

This weekend was a special blessing to us as we spent time with our dear friends at Grace Baptist Church in Batavia. They took us to a baseball game (go Muckdogs!) and fireworks, invited us to their church picnic, and demonstrated a real interest in what we are doing in Brazil. Some of this special…

Brazil News and Views

Nada

Squat. Bupkiss. Goose Egg. NOTHING!!! That is what the appeasement of evil dictators gets you. A while back I talked about Lula’s overtures to the Iranian regime. Those in favor of Lula’s stance have suggested that he will be able to have a greater influence and help Iran become a democratic nation. Fat chance. This…

Family News

Happy 50th!

Fifty years ago today God reached down and saved a little boy attending a camp in Upstate New York. That little boy went on to pastor four churches, raise four sons to walk with the Lord, and touched thousands of lives with the love of Christ through his ministries at church, camp, and his writing….

Brazil News and Views

Aventura Brazil Update

While here in the US I hope to be able to keep you informed about goings-on in Brazil via this blog. You may remember that some time ago we posted about the Aventura Brasil program initiated by a few of our missionary colleagues. This year’s adventure is over, and from all accounts it was a…

Blast From The Past

Up, Up and Away, In My Beautiful…

…ladybug. My brother and sister-in-law took us to the annual Spiedie Fest in Binghamton, NY last weekend. Besides the stunning balloon launch… …there were also many other interesting things, like this vintage automobile. Note: These pictures come to you courtesy of my sister-in-law Kalyn, who makes the best cakes and cupcakes this side of the…