• Tree destroys car in SJC
  • News report says about 30 trees were knocked down around town in yesterday’s storm. One was a big eucaliptus tree in the parking lot of the Thermas sports club just behind the Colinas mall, not far from the house. In a neighborhood about 10 minutes away, one tree destroyed a car. Some neighborhoods had interrupted water service and electricity was knocked out in a good part of town. Limbs large and small were down all over on our way to worship.
  • Our attendance this morning at SJCampos was about average, 31 total, with 4 non-Christian visitors. Continue reading

We’ve had heavy rains since we returned. Tonight, after supper, we got sleet, “pedras de gelo”, or ice rocks, as Brazilians call them.

Leila’s new friend from down the street spent the late afternoon and evening with her. I’m glad she has someone close to pass the time with. Her friend seems to come from a solid, moral religious family.

Last night I had stomach problems, not the doubling-over kind I used to have, but the esfirras from Habib’s did not do me well. I’m also in detox from our USA splurges. From yesterday to today I dropped 1 kg.

The Brazilian weather service, INPE, forecasts much more lightning in 2008 than normal. Brazil is already the country where the most lightning strikes, so we’ll get more than our share this year.

BZeal – BZeal Weekly, 2007 August 1
by J. Randal Matheny

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (BZNS)- Students and other interested persons gathered July 27 at the Ninth of July church’s building to hear a special study on “The True Biblical Baptism.”

The study was sponsored by the School of the Bible, an evangelistic outreach of the congregation.

At the end of each month the school holds the study for special topics that are more polemical or difficult.

The unusually cold weather and the normal vacation month affected attendance, which averages 60-70 people. Over 20 people were present for this study.

I had been invited months ahead of time, with the topic assigned to me by the organizers.

Visitors were present from the cities of Salvador, in Bahia state, and from Joinville, in the state of Santa Catarina, so that both the southern and northeastern parts of the country were represented.

Afterwards, listeners had opportunity to submit written questions. Several of the questions dealt with the purpose of baptism and baptisms of other religious groups.

The manuscript, which offers extensive documentation, should be published in booklet form in a few weeks.

For more information, as well as how two Vatican documents provided a tie-in to the topic, see this link in Forthright Magazine.

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