Monday, July 23, 2012

Books in Brazil

Brazil lacks Gospel-Centered books. I could expound upon this but the reason I am posting this is to draw attention to what the Gospel Coalition and Editora Feil is doing. They are trying to raise money to translate a book by D.A. Carson into Portuguese. Trust me, it is hard to find solid books in bookstores here and when you do they are expensive. If you like to donate go to the website or click on this link.  Gospel Coalition  Thanks for reading.

Here is a little information I copied from the Gospel Coalition website:

Portuguese Translation Project

The God Who is There by D. A. Carson

Goal: $14,200 - PRIORITY PROJECT
78% Raised, $3,155 to go


In February 2009, Don Carson presented a 14-part seminar entitled “The God Who Is There” at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. This series will serve the church well because it simultaneously evangelizes non-Christians and edifies Christians by explaining the Bible’s storyline in a non-reductionistic way. It’s one thing to know the Bible’s storyline, but it’s another to know one’s role in God’s ongoing story of redemption. “The God Who Is There” engages people at the worldview-level.



The Portuguese language spread during the colonial era, most prominently to Brazil, Mozambique, Angola and Portugal. Worldwide, there are approximately 178 million first language Portuguese speakers. Brazil constitutes the largest, where nearly 100% speak the language. It is a nation that has made great progress, but still finds itself facing challenges of corruption, poverty, crime, and racial strife. Brazil is predominantly Catholic. But the Church is hemorrhaging at the seams, losing scores of followers to Evangelical Christianity and Spiritism. One of the great needs of Brazilian Christians today is for solid, biblical literature for evangelism and discipling Christians. The most widely sold and read books in Brazil have to do with magic, the occult, and communicating with the dead, thus materials are needed, together with the Bible, to oppose falsehood and expose the truth. (Operation World)

Geography of the Language
The primary countries with Portuguese-speaking populations are BrazilMozambiqueAngolaPortugalGuinea-BissauEast TimorCape VerdeSao Tome & Principe.

Brazil Demographics
Population: 203,429,773
88.6% Literacy Rate
Internet users 75.9M; 37.4% of the population
16.34% Protestant


Publishing Partner

This project is in collaboration with Editora FIEL. Their mission is to spread among Portuguese-speaking peoples worldwide the truths of biblical Christianity, the contours of which have been shaped by the doctrines of sovereign grace, which gave birth to the Reformation and center upon the glorious redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the only Mediator between God and man.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Welcome to Esmeraldas!
One week ago we had our final retreat with the CCP outside of a city called Esmeraldas. We visit these little hotel like places(although they are nothing like hotels, think summer camp facilities with a Brazilian twist) to get outside the city and to encourage students to look at Christ and what He says about the big questions of life. This year we used chapters from More Than a Carpenter, Basic Christianity and The Reason for God. We read a chapter from each book and then divided into smaller groups and had discussion groups. Some of the questions discussed were:

Is it possible to separate the teachings of Jesus from the deity of Jesus?
Do you find it offensive that Jesus claimed to be God?
If the resurrection is real and historically accurate how does that change the way we look at Jesus?

The questions and the groups themselves are set up to get people thinking and talking about things they normally don't think about or feel comfortable talking about. This is one of my favorite weekends of the year because you can see the wheels turning in people's heads. For the first time many people understand the Gospel during this weekend and also understand the implications of what it means to believe the Gospel. And the implication is that your life will change. Pray for the students at PUC-Minas, pray for God to reveal Himself.

Discussion Group from the weekend.

Douglas, Bruno & Brian