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Common Ground

This weekend Itacyara and I had the privilege of hosting at our home Pete and Loiana Garbacki (pictured above). If you peruse the comments section of this blog, you know Pete as “pregador27”. We share many things in common with Pete and Loiana, from the Brazilian/American nature of our families (Loiana is from Manaus), to…

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Jonah Silverberg Update–Please Pray

Please continue to pray for Jonah Silverberg, infant son of BMM missionaries to the Bronx, Marty and Val Silverberg. The following is from the latest communication they sent out: Jonah’s condition has taken another turn for the worse. His Sepsis infection has returned, he is running a fever, his central line is infected, and he…

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Purity Conference in Brazil

Renate Reiner (missionary colleague and blogger at Renate’s Reflections) posted some pictures of a recent purity conference at their church in Petrolina (State of Pernambuco, Brazil). With her permission, I share them with you. The conference used the Atitude 434 program, which takes its name from I Thess. 4:3-4. Colleagues Kelly (aka Carlos) and Deborah…

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Support Update

On Tuesday we sent out a prayer letter explaining our support level, and the possibility that I might have to stay in the US for two months of “mini-deputation” while Itacyara and the boys return to Brazil. If you did not get a chance to read that letter, you can do so here. We were…

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Obama in Rio

Here is a picture, from the official White House page, showing Obama going through the Rio favela called Cidade de Deus (City of God). This slum was made famous because of a ultra-violent movie of the same name. Uploaded with Skitch! In yesterday’s speech to the Brazilian people, I was heartened to hear Obama end…

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Not Feeling the Love

A Brazilian cartoonist weighs in on Obama’s visit. clipped from blog.cagle.com Obama (dressed as a conquistador) is asking the Brazilian beach-goer, “Where is the pre-salt?”  (The pre-salt layer, according to Wikipedia, is an oil-rich geological formation on the continental shelves off the coast of Africa and Brazil.)

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Yes We Can: Cebolinha and Obama

Brazilian cartoonist Maurício de Sousa has made this special picture showing beloved cartoon character Cebolinha together with Obama, much to the consternation of his eternal nemesis, Monica. Update: I made a valiant attempt at avoiding political commentary, but alas, I am weak, and the corollary is too obvious. If you are familiar with the recurring…