This year’s evangelistic outreach to the Romeiros (pilgrims) that flock here each year was a huge success. So successful, in fact, that the Catholic Church mounted a rather vigorous counter-campaign. Theirs was not so successful. In fact, it would appear that their numbers are dwindling–due in part, no doubt, to the fact that some of those formerly in bondage to this particular fringe of Catholicism have understood the meaning of Grace and put their trust in Christ.

As usual, I was in charge of the “puppetry wing” of the outreach. This is our team as we were about to set out for our first day of ministry.

Because we had to go through the power company to run our sound system, things were a little complicated.

Finally we got everything set up, and Antonio “lit us up”.

On the first day, Daniele talked to this little boy and led him to Christ.

We had the largest crowds I can ever remember, and two children made professions of faith. Many other children and adults went home with Gospel literature to read.

My puppet is called Chico. I use him because he only speaks in growls, and thus my accent is indistinguishable. He is quite popular with the kids.

A newcomer this year, Azulejo is also a big hit.

This year we combined puppetry with gospel magic. Azulejo “helps” Daniel present a Gospel message using ropes and knots.

At the end of the day we were exhausted…but not too exhausted for a little pizza!