paozinhosWhen I went to lunch, our padaria (bread store) was closed. I had eaten a piece of toast there between 10-10:30. The lady at the restaurant on the corner said it was full of police around 11:30. Wondered if they’d had a robbery. Wouldn’t be the first time. Still closed as of 1:30 p.m.

Perhaps somebody wanted a different kind of bread — without working for it. Continue reading

Here are some items of interest from our city and region.


SJCampos celebrated its 242nd birthday on Monday. The city goes back to a Jesuit settlement around 1590, but recent official proclamations making it a municipality or some such is the chosen date. I personally like the older one. (Photo above: Avenida Tivoli, a few blocks from my office.) Continue reading

Prayer for August 2009 –We invite the brotherhood to dedicate the month of July to the following petition:

August 24 is Infancy Day. Let us pray that every child may be reared in security and with love, in homes that follow Christ. August 9 in some countries is Father’s Day. May the men assume their role as spiritual guides in the home.

May our missionary petition be: Continue reading

witness-standA single witness may not testify against another person for any trespass or sin that he commits. A matter may be legally established only on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Deuteronomy 19:15 NET

Divine justice among men took into account their fallibility and the necessity of reaching a fair verdict. Divine wisdom is evidenced by the law of the Israelites being copied in many places. Continue reading

Today I’m keeping in mind several prayer requests that are special to me. If you have one you’d like me to add to my list, share it below and I’ll pray about it throughout the day.

And if you’d like to mention mine before the Lord, here are a couple of them from my list:

Our son Joel continues to search for a job; we pray the Lord will open the right door for him.

We pray that several people who have heard the gospel will obey the Lord.

I don’t remember much about last week, since the weekend was a non-stop ride.

Friday afternoon Abner, a young Christian from Belo Horizonte, caught the bus in Sao Paulo to visit us. He and his family were in the capital for his dad Baltazar’s speaking engagement at the Jardim das Flores church on marriage. Continue reading

whittierBack in Nov. 1982, at a book sale in Abilene, Tex., I bought a fascinating little tome, Poems of Whittier. Or as the title page has it: “Poems By John Greenleaf Whittier,” published by Books, Inc., New York & Boston. No date given.

It’s fascinating for two reasons. On the inside front cover (hardback), a decal bears the printed name of the original owner, Patricia Moore, with a poem by children’s author Emilie Poulsson: Continue reading

friendsHere’s a message I wrote this morning (in Portuguese) to a friend who sent me a sweet message about Friend’s Day. This is my thought for you as well.

When was Friend’s Day? I let it pass without noticing, but I’m thankful that our friendship cannot be contained in a single day or reduced to a moment of time, for it consists of a history of acts, thoughts, words and prayers between two people whose interests cross and whose good will threads every interaction. Continue reading