Missionary takes a licking two days in a row, on third day he licks

JOÃO PESSOA, Brazil (BNc) by Jeremy Newlin — There are days that will stand out in your mind for weeks, some, for months or even years. Other stories may live on through your children and grandchildren, and still other stories may die with you. I don’t know which category this story will fall into but I do hope you enjoy it. Don’t feel bad if you laugh. I did.

Monday

Jeremy Newlin and family
Jeremy Newlin and family

A couple of weeks after arriving back in Brazil, I took our car to the mechanic. It was a rainy day; we had a hard rain early on and then it began to taper off. I was at the mechanic, and I went walking to buy a part for the car.

There is no sidewalk. I was walking along the side of the road, just off to the edge to stay out of the way of the cars. Because of all the rain there were some puddles of water in my path. I came upon one puddle that I did not want to step in so I stepped into the road where there was a wet board leaning up against the curb (a curb with no sidewalk, mind you). I slipped on the wet board. Continue reading “Missionary takes a licking two days in a row, on third day he licks”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Brazilian Christian translator celebrates 13 years with monthly biblical magazine

Brazilian translator Solange Soares
Brazilian translator Solange Soares (center) with family members

CAMPINAS, Brazil (BNc) — Brazilian translator Solange Soares celebrated 2013 as her thirteenth year to translate Truth for Today magazine into Brazilian Portuguese, she noted Mar. 6 on her Facebook page.

“I give thanks to God for 2013 being my 13th year translating one issue per month, without interruption,” she wrote. “May the Lord give strength to the editor and authors for many more years!” Continue reading “Brazilian Christian translator celebrates 13 years with monthly biblical magazine”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Prisoners hear the gospel in Brazil through Bible correspondence courses

Brazilian prison
A “compact prison” in São Paulo state

SÃO JOÃO DA BOA VISTA, Brazil (BNc) — From this city in the eastern region of São Paulo state, inmates in four state penitentiaries are hearing the gospel of Christ.

José Domingos de Pádua, evangelist with the church in São João da Boa Vista, said that Bibles, correspondence courses, and DVDs have been sent to the state prisons in Marília, Serra Azul, Balbinos e Flórida Paulista. Continue reading “Prisoners hear the gospel in Brazil through Bible correspondence courses”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

20 Brazilians commit to mission call during leadership event

RECIFE, Brazil (BNc) by Randy Joseph Short — Twenty Brazilian Christians responded to a call to commit to adopting one of the municipalities in the Northeast in a leadership encounter held last weekend.

The Brazilians accepted the responsibility to encourage their congregations to do what they can to preach the gospel of Jesus there. What a great culmination to our time together this was! Continue reading “20 Brazilians commit to mission call during leadership event”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘Rejected by all, we embraced him, and love touched his heart’

RECIFE, Brazil (BNc) by Randy Short — He was unusual, in our circle and in yours as well, I’m sure. He came to us, the son of a denominational pastor, but had chosen not to follow his father or his father’s religion. He wanted to study the Bible.

He had gone to several local seminaries but because of his looks had been rejected by all. He was tattooed all over, and had long dreadlocks, a huge gaping hole with a “gauge” in one ear, and a huge piece of wood hanging from the other. He had studied philosophy and read about religion. Continue reading “‘Rejected by all, we embraced him, and love touched his heart’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘Hangin’ out’ with the Jenkins Institute: 2nd edition with BNc editor Randal Matheny

(BNc) — Yesterday, brothers Dale and Jeff Jenkins, of the Jenkins Institute, hosted their second hang-out in the social network Google Plus with BNc editor Randal Matheny. They talked about the Forthright/GoSpeak ministry, especially Forthright Magazine and BrotherhoodNews.com.

The video series focuses on Christian ministry in an informal three-way chat.

 

 

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Brazil women face fears, strengthen faith in national event

Embu-Guaçu, Brazil (BNc) by Lidia Brandao — Using Jesus’ words, “Do not fear, only believe,” as their theme, 310 Christian women from across the country came together in the annual retreat Nov. 1-3.

The retreat’s official name is the National Women’s Congress of Churches of Christ in Brazil. The theme of the 33rd congress was based in Mark 5:36 and Luke 8:50.

Five speakers were followed by a Christian woman illustrating the speech, telling her experience of how the Lord had helped her overcome a great problem. Continue reading “Brazil women face fears, strengthen faith in national event”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Couple put on Christ in baptism at marriage retreat

JUNDIAI, Brazil (BNc) — A couple who attended a retreat on how to relate better in marriage decided they had better relate to Christ.

Marco Aurelio e Adriana requested baptism after a class by evangelist Marcelo Gonçalves at the retreat held at the Grinbergs Village Hotel in the nearby city of Socorro. Continue reading “Couple put on Christ in baptism at marriage retreat”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

At BrazilKids home, October is favorite month

Brazil children's home
BrazilKids children with director Eduardo (l)

CABREUVA, Brazil (BNc) by Eduardo Favoratto — October is a favorite of the children, since on Children’s Day (October 12) many groups organize trips to the children’s home to deliver presents and promote festive activities. Continue reading “At BrazilKids home, October is favorite month”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Baptisms in agitated surf firstfruits of new effort

JOÃO PESSOA, Brazil (BNc) — Jesus didn’t say “Peace, be still,” to these waves and wind and rain, but he did bring peace to two hearts from the Industrial District of the city, firstfruits of the area and concrete evidence of the hope for a new congregation. Continue reading “Baptisms in agitated surf firstfruits of new effort”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Brazil: 3 baptized, 8 request baptism through ‘School of the Bible’ evangelism

School of the Bible evangelism
Prof. Marcelo Gonçalves in evangelistic class

JUNDIAÍ, Brazil (BNc) — Three students were baptized and eight others have requested baptism in the most recent course of the School of the Bible, coordinator e professor Marcelo Gonçalves said yesterday.

The eight people who requested baptism will receive personal guidance and studies.

Besides these, 15 other students are attending the meetings of the Jundiaí church, Marcelo said. Continue reading “Brazil: 3 baptized, 8 request baptism through ‘School of the Bible’ evangelism”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘I don’t want to be a bench-warming Christian’

Conversion stories
Missionary David McKinney baptizes Flávia

JOÃO PESSOA, Brazil (BNc) — by Joseph McKinney, Jr.

Flávia sought out Adriana McKinney for therapy, for help in dealing with years of an unhealthy marital situation. In addition to therapy, she started coming to our Wednesday prayer meeting and immediately felt welcomed and at home in the midst of God’s family.

Missionary David McKinney invited her to study the Bible. Even though she had gone through a denomination’s conversion process, when she asked about baptism, she accepted unconditionally everything the Bible teaches about it: the forgiveness, the burial with Christ, the rebirth to new life, the receiving of the Holy Spirit, and she wanted it all, right then. Continue reading “‘I don’t want to be a bench-warming Christian’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Areawide meet gathers 800 in Recife, Brazil

Dia da família Recife

RECIFE, BRAZIL (BNc) — Some 800 people from congregations in the metropolitan area of Recife, on Brazil’s northeast coast, gathered Aug. 5 for the annual Family Day, a joint worship service. The service was held in a covered gymnasium of a public school.

The congregation in the Peixinhos neighborhood of the city organized the event. Continue reading “Areawide meet gathers 800 in Recife, Brazil”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

SIBI prof and ex-missionary Ted Stewart dies

Ted Stewart, right, with Jim McGuigganLUBBOCK, Tex. (BNc) — Former missionary to Brazil and Sunset professor Ted Stewart died yesterday after a long illness.

Ted and family moved to Brazil in 1961 with the São Paulo mission team.

Ted was the author of many Bible studies, professor in the Sunset International Bible Institute, book publisher, and bookstore owner.

More details will be added as information arrives to the editors.

 

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Former Brazil missionary Bill Jordan remembered

Former Belo Horizonte, Brazil, missionary Charley Huffman reminisced today about Bill Jordan, who served in the same city in the 1970s. Bill passed away Monday, Feb. 6. His last residence was in Yellville, Ark. We reproduce Charley’s email by permission.

Brazil missionary Bill Jordan
Brazil missionary Bill Jordan

Bill Jordan had a heart attack while we were playing volleyball at camp one day. We rushed him to the heart hospital, where my wife Joyce stayed with him in the emergency room to interpret for him, since he had been in Belo Horizonte only a short time and spoke little Portuguese.

The Brazilian doctors said he needed to go to the USA for open-heart surgery, since he had been in Brazil for such a short time and everything was strange to him. However, the commercial airlines refused to fly him in that condition. Continue reading “Former Brazil missionary Bill Jordan remembered”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Soccer evangelism changes students, families (video)

CAJAZEIRAS, Brazil (BNc) — Missionary Mark Hagwood explains the Right Step Brazil program which is having good success in the Northeast region of the country.

 

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Adventist pastor starts ‘new walk toward eternity’

by Antônio de Barros

Brazil evangelistARAPIRACA, Brazil (BNc) — Four months ago, I met an Adventist ex-pastor named Samuel, who after 27 years in this movement abandoned it to become just a Christian.

Sunday, Sept. 18, I and four other brethren went to visit his home in a city 150 km from Maceió.

We had lunch in his home and spoke for three hours on sound doctrine. Everyone marveled at what we heard from him, “I passed all these years lost in a denomination, and I’m starting my spiritual life from zero, starting a new walk toward eternity.” Continue reading “Adventist pastor starts ‘new walk toward eternity’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Brazil city hears gospel for first time

Brazil missionsby Joseph McKinney, Jr.

The true gospel comes for the first time to a city in  Brazil’s northeast region.

Sapé is the tenth largest city in the state of Paraíba, population 50,000. It began in 1883 with a Great Western train station, coming to be recognized as a city in 1925.

Its name comes from the Indian word for a type of grass predominant in the area, eçape. The Indians would bundle the grass together, making a torch to light their path at night. Continue reading “Brazil city hears gospel for first time”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Brazilian School of the Bible evangelizes 157

JUNDIAÍ, Brazil (BNc) — Starting the new semester of the School of the Bible, 157 students attended the first classes of 11 courses taught by five Brazilian professors, coordinator Marcelo Gonçalves reported.

A total of 168 people signed up for the courses. Of those who attended, 58 are evangelical, 20 are Catholic, and 14 marked “other.”

Several people are usually baptized as a result of the courses at the end of each semester. Continue reading “Brazilian School of the Bible evangelizes 157”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Evangelistic campaign penetrates largest Latin American neighborhood

evangelistic campaignSALVADOR, Brazil (BNc) — The results of an evangelistic campaign in the sprawling Cazajeiras neighborhood “were quite satisfactory,” organizer Miro Dias said.

The three-day event was held June 20-23 with the theme, “Restoration: Back to the Bible and to Simple Christianity.”

Brethren from all the city’s congregations helped to distribute about 7200 invitations, Miro noted.

The organizers were given a 120-seat auditorium for the event at no cost. Continue reading “Evangelistic campaign penetrates largest Latin American neighborhood”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us