November 19, 2013
To Stand Beside
What man would not want such a woman? Not one to follow only, but to stand beside him during the dark days, to work with him, plan with him, share with him, making their life a whole thing together.
October 24, 2013
Musical Interlude: All God's Creatures
This was sent to me by a couple people. Enjoy.
The Kids Take Over Sunday School
As October is "Children's Month" here in Brazil we decided to dedicate one Sunday School completely to them. They ran the opening service, and all the classes and activities were directed at them, with the adults helping in various capacities.
It was an amazing time, as the photos below will attest:
I want to especially thank Maykon, a young man associated with AWANA here in Brazil, who helped us organize this event. He also took these pictures, and graciously allowed me to use them here.
The Gospel in Symbols
As a missionary, it is my overwhelming desire to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ as clearly and as effectively as possible. My firm reliance on the effective calling of the Holy Spirit and unshakable belief in the sovereignty of God do not release me one iota from the responsibility of making the Good News of salvation as understandable as possible.
Therefore, as I worked on the design for a business card for our church, I looked for a way to make it an effective tool for evangelism. It needed to be something simple, yet complete--something that grabbed the attention without compromising the message.
The result was this:
The symbols represent God, sin, judgment, the cross, and faith. I've been using the card for about a week now, with some great results. The first thing people ask when I give it to them is "What do these symbols mean?"
Well...let me tell you.
Right now I am training the members of our congregation to explain each symbol with corresponding Bible verses. Then we will implement them in our evangelistic campaigns.
If this seems like something you could use, feel free to download the image or make your own. Let me know if you have found it useful.
October 20, 2013
Children's Day, 2013
To say that Children's Day is a big deal here in Brazil is an understatement. While it coincides with the day set aside for the veneration of Our Lady who Appeared (the patron saint of Brazil), it far eclipses the religious holiday in the national consciousness. Not everybody is Catholic, but everybody either has kids, or was at one time an actual kid.
Of course our churches usually hold Children's Day events, and for the Ebenezer congregation this year was no exception.