The Maiden skipped out to the capital this afternoon, catching a ride with Jorge and Paula. She was to attend an evangelistic event tonight at the Ninth of July church, then go out with a group of young people to eat. She’ll spend the night with Jorge and Paula, then Paula will put her on the bus for home in the morning.

Very heavy rain tonight on the way home from the church in Taubaté. I might have averaged 70 km per hour on the Dutra interstate highway. Usually, such driving makes me nervous, but I was the cool cucumber tonight. After getting into town, the Missus and I got a bite at the mall, then brought home some doughnuts and made Earl Grey tea. Ah!

An American brother in Christ came from Rio last night to SJCampos. He’s here on business, and wanted to meet with a congregation, so he flew from Rio to São Paulo, then hired a car here. Took us out to a fine restaurant, spent the night with us. Turned out his flight out of the airport here was earlier than he thought, so he had to leave right before our meeting started. He searched the Internet for someone else, in São Paulo, who he knew years ago. He didn’t find him, but found us. We’d never met before.

Paulo preached this morning in SJCampos, Ricardo at Taubaté. The men here are developing well in teaching and preaching and otherwise carrying the work forward. Paulo has been preaching this quarter, but times he has to work, like next Sunday, so I’ll fill in for him. In Taubaté we’ve been rotating the preaching among most of the men.

In SJCampos, Jorge is teaching in the Bible school on Ephesians. We don’t have a Bible school in Taubaté at this point.

I’m experimenting with the United Prayer feature, making the WordPress site the main one, and posting to the Twitter account from it. Easier that way. BTW, you can sign up to that site, too. It’s become one of the more neglected efforts, and that shouldn’t be. Why not sign up over there, make a comment, add your own prayer or request, encourage us in that.

The Guaratinguetá church is having a rough time. Please pray for them.

Yesterday, I got out another bulletin for the churches. For about a year, I never missed a Sunday. Then … Can I blame all my trips to the U.S.?

A Florida congregation will be sending us a bit of help starting this year. More on that later. Meanwhile, we get more spread out across the U.S., now with churches in eight states. Our list of congregational supporters is here. Add to that a couple in North Carolina, and one in Kentucky. We’re thankful for each of these partners in the gospel.

The past few days have been good. My fingerprints are in several spots on the Internet. Check out the links in the right column for those.

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