Last month Johnny's Analysis of Exodus & Leviticus class at the Bible College studied the tabernacle in depth. A realistic model of the tabernacle (made by missionary George Wells several years ago) was set up in the foyer of the "C.A. Nickels building" to facilitate this interesting study.
On the day of the more dramatized, hands-on study, they were organized into the twelve tribes, with each tribe having a leader and banner. Thus, they marched into the area of the tabernacle...
They were placed according to the tribes around the north, south, east and west sides of it. Then some detailed explaining was given by the professor, Pastor "João Lee"...
to know more about each piece of furniture...
...and the meaning of the types and colors of the materials of the covering.
This was an enjoyable, profitable and rich study for Johnny and his 18 students.
Since it has been so long since we posted any news, the simplest thing would be to include the highlights during the month of May.
On April 28 I flew to São José to help David & Sharon move to their newly-constructed house, only a few blocks from the one they'd been living in for the past 2 years. I was there for one week.
On May 16 there was a "Musical Chapel" at the Bible college and most of the 28 students participated in one form or another. You can hear samples of some of the music by clicking on this link:
"Programa Musical na Capela"
Four days later a music recital was also performed. Oh, we do love music! To hear some of that, click here.
At our church there were two deaths, within five days, of family and acquaintances of our members. This sadness was mixed with the joy of welcoming a newborn baby!
And..."Foggy Mornings Are Here Again"! We have come full circle since I posted that blog 13 months ago. I kind of like the eerie beauty of these mornings, don't you?
Wow, March went by just like THAT! And we failed to tell about some of the happenings at the seminary so here goes...
The blessings received at the Bible College's Missionary Conference were tremendous. Our two preachers did an excellent job, we are so proud of them! Here are some photos taken by at least 3 different photographers and collaged by Marly, our college secretary.
(please click on the photos to enlarge them)
To hear what the choir sang on Friday night, click here.
Our week got a great start with the octet from the seminary coming to Igreja Batista Vitória to sing on Sunday p.m.
You can see a video of their concert here.
Three of the singers' wives were also there. This is Erica, Leila and Viviane.
On Tuesday I took two seminary students downtown to have the experience of witnessing to prostitutes. There weren't as many around as there usually are but the Lord gave us a few opportunities.
We stopped to admire the flowers in the large outdoor flower market. Since we couldn't decide which ones to buy we didn't buy any. :) But some of them aren't very expensive. Single roses are only "$1.10" each.
Green and yellow is all around us these days as Brazil participates in the World Cup Soccer. After 3 games they are still in there. Cheers for Brazil!
Everything from grocery stores...
...to popcorn bowls (hello!) are sporting the yellow and green theme these days.
Although one of the seminary class hours was cancelled, we haven't had to cancel any church services. That's good, don't you think?! Thankfully, the games are taking place at reasonable daytime hours-which is not always the case.
CONJOB is the organized group of young people from Curitiba's area Baptist churches. About 90-100 people, the large majority of which were these young people, met today at the Bible College for an all-day event. There was a service during the morning at which Missionary Ed Alexander spoke, a lunch together, then a few hours of fun and games. In spite of the drizzly day, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves...something which young people are good at doing!
The Bible College chapel building was used for this event.
Our "Eight Singing Men" (mini-chorale) provided the special music. Beautiful!
You can hear them here: http://edbrazil.blogspot.com/2010_05_04_archive.html (scroll down to "Clips do Octeto")
We set up the Lojinha (little store) to have goodies available to buy. These are my assistants-Kátia, Barbara and Gledson.