Tuesday midnight: Greetings from charming Joinville, Brazil. The kind of place I would have never dreamed I would get to, in my lifetime. This is the largest city in this state, around 700-800,000 people. The host church moved into their current facility just 3 weeks ago. It’s a massive building that was previously a department store I believe, something akin to a WalMart. Talk about spacious! They have lots of room now to grow.
We fought with the sound system at the outset. We tried to get the in-ear monitor situation to work, and my translator was able to get his to work to a satisfactory level, but I was unable to do so. So I pulled my ear buds out of my ears, and we pulled over some floor monitor speakers to try to make them work and give me vocal feedback. It was dicey, but we finally got it to a setting that could work just barely, and off we went. I taught on the secret place. They hung on every word. It’s amazing to see 500 people gathered on a Tuesday night to hear the word of the Lord. At the book signing that happened after the time of altar ministry, several came up with books worn and marked up, wanting me to sign them. It’s so humbling to see how my books have impacted lives here in a place I thought I’d never visit.
It’s now past midnight and we’re hitting the road for Curitiba. We should arrive around 2 a.m., the Lord helping us. Wednesday night I’m speaking at a church in Curitiba called Christ Community.