On Jan. 1, we’ll publish the first number of a monthly periodical for Christian workers, in Portuguese, called “Ministry & Mission” (Ministério & Missão). It’s geared especially for those in our area. Though the first issue will have 12 pages, future ones will likely have fewer. Our way to invest more in moving off of square one, at times, to get the work done, and encouraging God’s servants in their task.
• In earlier years, I had published a little bulletin for workers, but it went by the wayside. It was called “The Evangelist” (O Evangelista). It reached a wider audience, across Brazil. This new one will also, but my major concern is closer to home.
• Though information is scattered about, today I put up a special page on our area congregational website on how to be saved. I’d written the text earlier in the week, or last week, I forget, but today it went public.
• Do you have something like this for your personal or congregational site? I’m amazed when I see the stats to our many sites, with visits from so many different countries. One of the stats not available is whether those visitors are true New Testament Christians are not. But the probabilities are good that very few of them are. So I’m thinking we need to get the basics of the gospel out there, right in front, for people to see. It may be the only time they see a gospel presentation. That gets to me, does it you?
• Already, speaking of our Portuguese sites, there are a couple of studies in other places, but nothing had been done on our church site.
• Lessee, probably you’d rather I talk about something closer to you, in English, maybe? Ah, here’s my new inspirational, motivational site, for an old effort. But you don’t want poetry, do you?
• Pinterest, maybe? I tinkered there some today, but it’s not really my thing. The world is going visual. The gospel is auditory. For good reason many of our five-finger plans start with “Hear.”
• The holiday season has been unseasonably sad for many of our folk and their relatives. A death. A brain tumor. A former neighbor and friend in hospital with stroke and bacterial infection. We’re not used to so much of that here among our people. (More …)