May 23, 2015

Historical São Luís, meet Instagram

They say the first step to the cure is admitting you have a problem. In light of this, I would like to say that maybe...just maybe...I have a tiny addiction to Instagram. I would seek out a 12-step program, but at this point I would probably just end up taking pictures of me at each step and posting them on Instagram.

Instagram does have one great perk: it makes the drudgery of running errands a let less...drudgery--y. Case in point: on Thurday I had several tasks that required me to spend the morning and a good part of the afternoon in downtown São Luís. Out came the cell phone, and as I walked, I clicked away.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that São Luís is inherently photogenic. Here are the results of my foray:

Patrimônio #historico #saoluis #azulejo #maranhão #brazilian #brazil #brasil #nordeste #architecture #blue #ceramic #tiles #deodoro
It started innocently enough with this shot of some of the city's trademark ceramic tiles.

Praça Deodoro de manhã. #saoluis #amesaoluis #maranhão #brazilian #brasil #brazil #nordeste
It quickly escalated as I took in the recently-renovated Deodoro square.

#roots #tree #arvore  #saoluis #maranhão #brasil #flora #brazilian  #brazil
This ancient tree was saying "Photograph me! Photograph me!" What could I do?

Inspiring #window in #saoluis #maranhão #brasil #brazil #brazilian #architecture #colonial #red #deodoro
Turning around, I was presented with this piece of architectural art.

#kiosk in #saoluis #maranhão #brasil #brazil #brazilian #nordeste #brasileiro
Quaint--albeit somewhat rundown--little kiosks line the streets.

Echos of #rome #saoluis #brazil #architecture #classical #pillars #arches
"Ancient Rome called...they want their architecture back."

#coatofarms #saoluis #maranhão #brasil #brazil #brazilian #amesaoluis
Everything is subject to Instagram--even this weather-beaten coat of arms.

Declive #saoluis #amesaoluis #maranhão #brazil #brazilian #nordeste #brasil
Narrow streets give São Luís a certain "old world" charm. They also make walking through the city a hazardous undertaking.

#drool #sax #saxophone #brazil #saoluis
Sigh.

#ruagrande #saoluis #maranhão #brazil #brazilian #brasil #nordeste
São Luís had open-air shopping centers before open-air shopping centers were cool.

#artdeco #architecture on the #ruagrande in #saoluis #maranhão #brasil #brazil #brazilian #nordeste #brasileiro
Not the only art-deco building in São Luís...but one of the grandest.

Faz sentido, já que São Pedro possui as chaves do Reino... #familybusiness #church #catholic
And finally, just as I was leaving, this key-engraver renting space from one of the many Catholic churches struck my fancy. Stands to reason...Saint Peter having the keys to the kingdom and all...

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May 15, 2015

Conference in Paraíba

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte state associations of Regular Baptist churches. I'm still waiting for the audio of those pictures to be released...but for now here are some pictures of my surroundings while there.


Trio to Paraíba

Trio to Paraíba

Trio to Paraíba

Trio to Paraíba

Trio to Paraíba

Trio to Paraíba

Trio to Paraíba
This is the group of pastors, missionaries, and laymen to whom I spoke. The subject was "Church Planting".

Lençóis Maranhenses, as seen from the air. #lencoismaranhenses #maranhão #brazil
A bonus for this trip was this view of the "Lençois Maranhenses" on the flight back to São Luís.

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May 13, 2015

Mothers Day at Ebenézer

On Sunday we celebrated our third Mothers Day as a congregation, and this year surpassed all previous expectations, both in the number of mothers attending (several visitors) and the program itself.

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Mothers in attendance

Dia das Mães 2015
Children's special

Dia das Mães, 2015
A special theatrical presentation: Rich Mother, Poor Mother

Dia das Mães, 2015
It looks like a cake, but it's actually a kind of casserole.

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Brazilian Musical Interlude: Brazilian reed man Paulo Moura plays "Chorando Baixo"

You're welcome.

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May 7, 2015

Ebenezer's Boiler Room

A story (perhaps apocryphal) is told of Charles Spurgeon, who, upon being asked the secret of the success of his ministry, took people to a back room of the church, where people were praying. According to the story, he called it his "boiler room".

Of late God has been visibly blessing the Ebenezer congregation. Our services are full of visitors, many of whom we have been praying for since the beginning of the church-plant. In a month's time our "new members" class went from four to seven--with others being interested as well.

And I am convinced that it is because of this group of people.

These photos are from our mid-week prayer meeting. Most of these people have been constant in this meeting--faithful in prayer since day one. And of course we are joined by many of you, who lift us up on a weekly, even daily basis.

May God bless--and increase--the boiler room!

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