Romaria 2009
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Romaria 2009

As we have done every year since our arrival in Brazil, we participated last week in the Evangelism Outreach to the Romeiros. This ministry is aimed at evangelizing one of the most difficult demographics in Brazil–religious pilgrims who have traveled many miles to worship Padre Cícero. As always, I was in charge of the puppet…

Photos from Palestina
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Photos from Palestina

Palestina is an out of the way village about three hours from here, where a national missionary–Djalma–is putting blood, sweat, and tears into a church plant. Our seminary puppet team was privileged to be able to lend him a hand last weekend. We were able to canvas the city, inviting kids to a childrens’ program….

Puppets in Campos Sales
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Puppets in Campos Sales

In 1995 I had the privilege of working in the small interior town of Campos Sales. I was then a student at the Cariri Baptist Seminary, where I now serve as Internship Coordinator. Last weekend I went back to Campos Sales with our seminary puppet team for two days of evangelism. Here are the pictures:…

Island Adventure
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Island Adventure

Last week I took our seminary puppet team (Amiguinhos de Jesus) and our puppet school (Cidade Feliz) to Treasure Island, where they worked at a camp for (mostly) underprivileged kids administered by missionary colleagues Doug and Renate Reiner. In one word, the week was awesome! The four seminary students that went with us did an…

Come Help Us: An Appeal for Northeast Brazil
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Come Help Us: An Appeal for Northeast Brazil

The following is the transcript of a recording made in 1955 by pioneer missionary Jim Willson. It was transcribed by our colleague Jim Leonard. It is surprising to see how much of the information is still quite relevant to the field today. I am posting it in its entirety, along with a few footnotes. We…

A Little Time Travel
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A Little Time Travel

By my calculations, Itacyara and I are part of the third generations of BMM missionaries to serve in this part of Brazil. It is always helpful to me–especially when I am tempted to think that times are tough–to go back and look at how the first generation lived and worked. Recently Philip McLain–son of Guy…

God’s Amazing Grace on Sunday
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God’s Amazing Grace on Sunday

If you have been reading the most recent blog posts, you may have gotten the impression that last weekend was somewhat busy for us. That would be a very correct impression. In fact, between after the puppetry school on Saturday afternoon and the youth conference Saturday evening, I was wiped out physically and emotionally–and I…

Winning Battles: A “Military” Youth Conference
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Winning Battles: A “Military” Youth Conference

One of our local churches, Sião Baptist, recently hosted a youth conference with the theme “Winning the Battle”. The motiff was military, and I had the privilege of delivering the first address: “The Strategy of the Enemy”. The youth group at Sião Baptist went out of their way to make this a memorable event. Below…

Michael Comings, Photographer
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Michael Comings, Photographer

At the aforementioned puppetry school I gave the camera to Mikey, with the intention that he take picture of the event. Those who know my firstborn will not be surprised at the pictures I found on the camera at the end of the day: A local species of monkey called a sagui. Bird The wildlife…

Yet Another Puppetry School
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Yet Another Puppetry School

This one was held at our sponsoring church, Novo Juazeiro Baptist. Normally our puppetry schools run two days, and include a instruction on how to make a puppet. This was a reduced course, however, as the purpose of it was to teach basic puppetry techniques to people in the church who will be forming smaller…