Brazil News and Views

Missionaries or Yankee Imperialists?

Missionaries who leave their homeland to work in another country almost always carry with them political baggage. They will be asked to explain or justify the actions of the leaders of their nation of origin. And this is not limited to current events. I still get asked why the US found it necessary to bomb…

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Then and Now in Belem

I have been meaning to do this post for some time. Several months ago the son of one of our first BMM missionaries here in Brazil sent me some photos and post cards that date back to the 1930’s. Among the photos were a set of postcards from Belem. As I looked through the cards…

Deadly Moral Relativism in the Amazon Jungle
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Deadly Moral Relativism in the Amazon Jungle

I almost blew a gasket yesterday as I read this article published by Reuters. It has to do with a video put out by people associated with YWAM (Jocum in Portuguese) depicting how unwanted children are sometimes buried alive by certain indigenous peoples in the Amazon region. The title of the article? Amazon Indian infanticide…

The Monk and the Executive
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The Monk and the Executive

I have noticed that every time I walk into a bookstore down here, a book entitled “O Monge e o Executivo” (The Monk and the Executive) is featured prominently. I had no idea, however, that it had such an interesting background. Check out this story from the Washington Post: SAO PAULO, Brazil, Aug. 11 —…

Why I Love Brazil
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Why I Love Brazil

The subtitle of this weblog informs that these are the “musings of a missionary to Brazil.” It occured to me that up until now precious little had been said about Brazil. I would therefore like to use today’s space to share several reasons why I am in love with Brazil. Reason #1: Brazilians Brazilians are…