Monday, May 30, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
is so exciting to see my young son exercising his faith, like getting
upset when his history teacher at school taught that miracles in the
book of Exodus can be explained by natural phenomena: low and high tides
in the crossing of the sea, natural disasters for the plagues, etc. The
day after his baptism, Samuel went on a trip with his school and
received a new nickname: the boy who reads the Bible. He read 1 Samuel,
chapters 1 through 6, out loud for the whole bus to hear. His eagerness
to take the Lord's Supper for the first time was refreshing. May our
Father bless all our families with life changing faith.
According to the president of the Transvestites Association of Paraiba, Fernanda Bevenutty, this was a victory for Brazilian homosexuals, but most will continue in anonymity for fear of the social reaction. The census counted 800 same sex couples in Paraiba, but Bevenutty said that in reality there are a lot more.
The next step the GLBT (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transvestites) movement will push is the controversial PLN 122 law, that purposes to add sexual discrimination to the law that punishes racial discrimination, making any type of opposition to this lifestyle a crime. That could mean that a homosexual could sue a church if banished for his or her practices, or a elementary school if rejected as a kindergarten teacher. Preachers could be jailed for repeating what the Bible says about homosexuality. So things could get interesting here in Brazil...
Another controversial government action has been the homosexual kit it has prepared for schools, including six short movies, some animated, some not, teaching the normalcy of kids discovering their homosexuality or bisexuality and learning to be accepting of themselves and others.
One complaint has been the 2 million reals spent on this project while many public schools lack teachers, books, material, and even desks for children to learn language, math, and other basic disciplines.
While all these concerns create a lot of conflict in society, Brazilian and American, the tendency is for laws to be eventually passed and the propaganda to convince the herd will eventually brainwash people into consider anything, everything, normal. People without God will do what people without God will do. What can I do for me, my children, my future grandchildren to not be brainwashed along with everybody else? Homosexuality to us is pretty clear cut, but at one time divorce was clear cut; at one time certain words, clothes, and practices we now accept were not considered the norm. How can we protect ourselves in a society bent on conforming us to it? How can we keep our families zealous for God's norm? Will we pursue God with the same determination that the world has for its twisted pursuit of happiness?
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness." Isaiah 5:20.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
My son belongs body and soul to Christ!
Thank you for your prayers. Samuel and I have studied for a couple of
months, looking at the lives of young people who had decided for God and
remained true during their lives: David, Joseph, Samuel, Timothy,
Josiah, etc. Though being six months shy of twelve, he has no doubt what
he wants for his life. After studying what he needed to do, Samuel said
he was ready.
May 20, 2011, we got everybody together. We sang Samuel's favorite song:
"The joy is in the heart of the one who knows Jesus..." He recited John
3:16, and his Grampaw, aunt, uncle, mother and many others spoke words
of encouragement to him in this decision.
We went down into the water and I baptized my son into Christ. He
belongs to heaven now.
Monday, May 9, 2011
We give thanks to God for using the brethren in Caruaru to announce the gospel of salvation to the lost that find themselves in our city.
Tomas and Laura are children of Christians. Here are Tomas with his mother Leda and Laura with her mother Luciana.
This is the family of Pedro and Ione, and now their son Pierre is part of the Christian family. This family came to Christ through the work of handing out pamphlets from door to door.
We have two more give their lives to Christ: Stefane and Gil, but unfortunately we didn't have a camera handy at the time.
Aelson and Joseane are a wonderful couple who have opened their home for a group Bible study.
Glory to God for having reached Karla. She lived a life of prostitution, mas now lives only for Christ. We have come to know little of her life and are certain of the miracle God is doing in her.
David and Adriana McKinney have recently been with the Caruaru congregation and taught a seminar there.