ElectionsVoting for municipal elections, nationwide, is over for today. It generated a major ecological disaster: political pamphlets covering sidewalks and streets. Gives another meaning to the phrase “dirty politics.”

• Attendance at church wasn’t as bad as expected, neither at SJCampos nor at Taubaté. Jorge was at the latter, so I didn’t have to do everything myself. I taught Bible school, directed the Lord’s supper and offering, as well as offered opening and closing prayers. Jorge preached and led singing.

• Usually, we have lunch at one of the malls on Sunday with Jorge and family. The food court usually doesn’t start filling up until around 1 or 1:30. Today it was mostly full by 12:30 when we arrived. Many got out early to do their voting, which meant they were up and about earlier. So lunch must have been earlier for them as well.

• Voting in Brazil is obligatory, by law. If you don’t vote, you have to “justify” your failure to fulfill your civic duty, and possibly pay a fine. A news source said that the city of São Paulo has over 8 million voters, 2.1 million of which have not finished grade school. The implication is they’re ignorant and don’t know how to vote, I guess. I know people with college educations who don’t seem to have much idea either. Continue reading

Sunday is election day here in Brazil, from president on down. We do it earlier in the year than do the Americans. But for both countries, and all others, Mike Riley’s article comes at a good time. Probably in no place are politicians highly regarded, since they appear so interested in reelection, more than serving the electorate. The Lord is different and deserves our hearts. Read Mike’s article here:

God Doesn’t Want Our Vote, He Wants Our Heart!