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  • ivanildotrindade 10:16 am on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , equator, , hometown, , progress, prosperity, rush hour, , traffic jam, trailblazers,   

    Brazil is on the move! 


    some of my nieces and nephews (my son josh is on the back row seated, blue shirt) — future stars of a country on the rise

    I am ending my third full week in northern Brazil (two weeks of work, one week of vacation) and as you can tell, there hasn’t been much rambling from here. I have been busy!

    My mind is full of vivid images of my time here. First of all, modernity has done something terrible to the city where I lived a good part of my life. My wife’s mom’s house, where I spent many hours courting her, which was two buses away from the center of town (that is, if you were lucky enough to have a bus show up when you needed it!), is now two hours or more bumper-to-bumper no prisoner-taking traffic. You could almost leave the car on neutral and roll it, so it seems.

    My country of birth has shot up economically and the dream of wealth has finally come true to more than the privileged few. Of course, there is still much poverty, but nothing like when I was living here. There are opportunities to make money everywhere and the people are making the most of it. This is my first trip here since moving to the U.S. where I saw the fewest number of beggars on the streets.

    My nieces and nephews, to give one example, are all on their way to become successful. The older ones have already or will be graduating from college soon. Physical therapists, lawyers, architects, medical doctors, teachers. They will go on to do great things, no doubt about it. And they are all connect with the rest of the world via Facebook and Twitter! My generation blazed the trail, now the kids are reaping the benefits, but the question is: are they even aware of the sacrifices their parents made?

    While the team from the U.S. was here, we went to a very poor neighborhood in Macapa, in the northern most State of Brazil, Amapa. We rode in three silver cars literally until the dirt road ended and stopped at a little house which the owner uses to do some outreach to the kids from the area — you had to continue on, walking on wooden bridges to get to where the children were. As we were getting out of our cars, I overheard one of the older kids saying to the other kids, “You suppose they could be from the Mafia?” I laughed hard at that and then I got quiet thinking about what kind of a life those kids have to have in order to come up with a question like that.

    I have heard so many stories of tragedies and triumphs, of hope and despair, but mostly I have been humbled by the resilient spirit of many of the people I have talked to. I could spend a lifetime just learning from them about the secret of contentment in the midst of apparently insurmountable challenges. Looking at the quality of the people I have met, I have no doubt that there is a bright future for this country which has perennially been teased as the giant that has never awaken. But watch out world: the giant is moving!

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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  • ivanildotrindade 3:55 pm on July 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Blogging From Brazil 

    Hello friends,

    I just want to let you know that the team I am leading in Brazil is blogging here: http://www.woostercar.blogspot.com. You will find some nice pictures and impressions there. Please visit.

    Thanks!

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
    • Harold Stoltzfus 7:15 pm on July 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Ivanildo:
      I can’t imagine or invision the good that you guys are doing for Jesus. I’m praying for “you all” that the Lord will continue to protect and continue to enlarge your mission in bringing souls into the kingdom.
      Because of Jesus,
      Harold

      • ivanildotrindade 9:45 am on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        thanks, harold. we had a very interesting and productive time in brazil. i am on the last day of my vacation here with family and am returning to the u.s. tomorrow. it’s been quite the trip and i am thankful. just spent one hour at the dentist now and can now say that my mouth is truly a cross-cultural work of art, as i have dentists from the u.s., thailand, and brazil work on it…

  • ivanildotrindade 3:12 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , mission trip,   

    Rambling from the Amazon 

    Hello everyone,

    This has been more than the typical busy summer that I have experienced typically over many years. First of all, my wife has been in Brazil with my son for over a month now. She is helping care for her mother, whose health is failing right now. She needs 24-7 care and my wife is in charge of the night shift. She hasn’t slept one single night since she got there and she is very exhausted right now.

    Secondly, I made an unexpected 10-day trip to SE Asia recently to represent our church at the dedication of one of the homes for orphans in Wiang Pa Pao, Thailand. While there, I also spent some time with the children and staff of the G.R.O.W. home and had meetings both in Cambodia and Thailand that were very useful for the future of this project to rescue children who are victims of physical and sexual exploitation.

    In a few hours I will be heading out to northern Brazil, leading a team from my church. We will be spending one week in and around some tributaries of the Amazon River, doing some work with children and adults. It will be a lot of hard work but also fun. Needless to say, I will have no Internet connection during that time.

    I will try to post some during the second part of our trip, when we will be in Macapa, the capital of the northern most state in Brazil, right on the Equator. We will be working with the local church my dad pastored for 55 years and I know I will be blessed to be there.

    Thank you for remembering us in your prayers. Please keep checking back. I will ramble a little here one way or the other…

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
    • Beth 8:47 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Praying for you Ivanildo and your family. May God bless everything you touch and renew your wife as she helps others right now. I think it is so exciting to see what God has done with you all. Did you ever think you would be traveling around the world representing God in so many places, when you were such a young child in the Amazon? I can tell my students at school.–Hey, I know someone who grew up in the rainforest! How neat!

      • ivanildotrindade 8:52 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        thanks, beth. really appreciate it. i lived on the island of my birth until i was 7. never thought much of anything else during that time, except what kind of fish i was going to have for my next meal. since my dad was a fisherman, we had enough to eat, but with no sanitation, drinking contaminated water was eventually going to kill us. parasites and a simple cold could have wiped us out, but God had mercy on us. i am a “debtor.”

    • Bob & Linda 3:29 pm on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Brother, Enjoy the fish. 🙂
      Didn’t think much about it when you were seven but can’t help but think what the next chapter in your life holds for you and the multitudes He allows you to touch. We pray that the team is safe and effective as you travel. Our blessings to Naza and your family there. We pray that her mother improves even while you are there. Blessings, B & L

  • ivanildotrindade 12:23 am on July 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dr. spock, ed young, , , kid ceo, , parents and children, permissive parenting   

    Learning from Children — Part 3 

    This is the third and final post in a series of three, from a message I preached earlier this week. This message can now be listened to in its entirety here, if you prefer the audio version. Hope you enjoy and are challenged by it.

    There is a third and final lesson we must learn through God’s precious children and that is…

    C. The Lesson of Generosity

    which is found in Matthew 7:7-11:

    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11).

    Now, granted, this text teaches us more about the nature of our God than the nature of our parents. Our God is not a cosmic-kill-joy-mean-old-tyrant who sits in heaven ready to zap any joy out of our meager existence. No! God is generous and kind; He is always eager to bless and ready to forgive those who come to Him with a humble heart. This is the Christian God I know.

    But it is also clear that Jesus is saying here that it is okay for us to be generous with our children. In fact, our natural tendency as parents is to give the best we can to our children. In other words, it is within our nature to be generous, to provide, and to look after the affairs of our children.

    Try as I may, I cannot understand the minds of those who bring children into the world only to abuse and neglect them. That’s one thing that makes me angry. In fact, not too long ago I was hanging out with some children in a depressed area of our town where we have a ministry called “Sowing Hope,” and a guy called me aside and introduced himself. He said, “Hey, my name is Greg. Do you know what I do here?” I said, “No Greg, but it’s nice to meet you.” One of his kids was hovering nearby, so he waved him off, looked straight into my face, and said, without hesitation, “I sell dope here.”

    I was sitting at a picnic table, and the moment I heard him say that, I rose to my feet. I put my index finger right in front of his face and said, “Greg. You stand against everything we do here in this complex. If you ever come anywhere near one of our children, I am taking you down.” Then I sat down before my legs gave way from shaking… Greg is about 6’ 2’’ and he weighs about 250 pounds. By the way, five months later, by God’s grace, I baptized Greg and his wife Christy at our church, but that is another story.

    The point here is that we should be outraged by injustices in this world, and especially injustices against God’s precious children. This type of outrage led me, with the help of friends, to start a ministry to rescue children in SE Asia called G.R.O.W. Since 2009, we have rescued 9 children in Chiang Mai, Thailand, who are now kept safe from the evil claws of those who harmed them through sexual and physical abuse. These children are now happily thriving in the G.R.O.W. home and, more importantly, they have met the Lord who is the reason for their hope of heaven.

    The Bible says that God is the one who gives us “good and perfect gifts,” and He expects us to do the same to our children. I don’t know how it is in your family, but I know that my wife and I have always been willing to sacrifice so our children would have a place in the sun. By the grace of God, they have been blessed and we are very proud of them and what they are doing with their lives.

    Sometimes, generosity to our children means making an effort to be a part of their lives, even if it costs you something. When my girls were in school, they were very active in sports. To stay involved, I coached their Junior High Volleyball teams. I have so many memories of those years but none as vivid as the time my oldest daughter Carolina’s team was playing a critical game in a decisive tournament. We had fallen behind in the last set and I called a time out to set up a play. There was so much tension in the air in that small gym as we huddled together and I was explaining the play. Suddenly, I hear Carolina say, “Dad?” I said, “What, Carolina?” She responded loud enough that the parents on the bleachers behind could hear: “You have bad breath!” At that point everybody was laughing, including myself, so I just sent them back to the court, while someone “parachuted” a whole pack of gum down the bleachers for me… From that day on I learned to always keep a pack within reach…

    But generosity to our children does not mean that they get a blank check. I just saw a portion of an interview with Mark Wahlberg, who, by the way, is starring in a movie that has a kid-friendly name and a cute bear but don’t be fooled by it. To my disbelief, I heard him say, “Now, when it comes to our kids we make an exception – we give them whatever they want.” Now, I am hoping he is exaggerating or at least that his wife has better judgment than him, for that is a recipe for disaster.

    The Bible tells us the story of one of King David’s sons, a guy by the name of Adonijah. When David was old and there was some question about who was going to succeed him on the throne, Adonijah rose one morning and declared: “I will be king.” The story is found in 1 Kings 1. In verse 5 it says that…

    “… he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him.” (1 Kings 1:5).

    Now, the author of 1 Kings, at this point, pauses to make a little editorial comment. The comment gives us a critical insight into the reason Adonijah was emboldened to try to take the Kingdom. It turns out that the mighty King David, the fierce King of Israel, the same one who killed the lion and the bear and routed many enemy armies in war, was fierce to everyone else except his own children. Sadly, the author says in verse 6:

    “His father had never interfered with him by asking, ‘Why do you behave as you do?’” (1 Kings 1:6).

    This comment should serve as a warning to all well-meaning parents out there who have decided to ignore conventional wisdom (and Biblical teaching) in favor of more permissive parental guidance from the pens of people like Dr. Spock, among many others.

    This is a textbook example of how to raise a rebel: give whatever he wants and never ask why he behaves the way he does. Adonijah reasoned: my father has never denied me anything; now that he is old, I doubt that he will care if I take the kingdom. But he forgot one little detail – a feisty little woman named Bathsheba. You can read for yourself how the story ends, but I guarantee you – it does not turn out well for Adonijah.

    And it never ends well to anybody raised that way. Generosity does not give us a license to indulge and the line of demarcation between a gift and a bribe sometimes is very thin, though the desired results couldn’t be more different – after all, a gift evokes gratitude, a bribe breeds a tyrant.

    Pastor Ed Young has written about this in a Book titled Kid CEO: How To Keep Your Children from Running Your Life, which I highly recommend. He says that there is a power struggle in most of our homes – a crisis of leadership, he calls it, with parents leaving the decision-making to kids barely out of diapers, if that. At one point in the book, he says,

    In fact, what is happening is a role reversal. In other words, kids are running the asylum. They are leading, and the parents are following. As a result, the home has become a lopsided landslide of mayhem – it has become kid driven rather than parent driven.”  

    How about your home? Is it a “lopsided landslide of mayhem”? If so, perhaps it is time for you to take over the reins again. And you might need to start at the basics, like taking charge of the game console or the cell phone. This might be the hardest thing you will need to do, but is worth it. Listen, folks, there is no consolation prize for those who console themselves with the game console and if the cell phone is your shepherd, you SHALL want.

    I remember when our kids were small and they wanted to continue watching T.V. beyond their bed time. After trying to convince them to turn the T.V. off on their own, I would just to grab the remote and tell them, “Watch me, I’m the most powerful man in America,” Click. And, believe me; I felt every bit as powerful as I saw the flickering lights of the tube disappearing in front of our eyes.

    I know this sounds mean but it really isn’t. I did it because I was absolutely certain that it was the best thing for my kids, even if they didn’t know it.  We don’t want someone to say of our kids what Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor, said about American families in the 1800’s. After one of his visits to America, he is reported to have said:

    “The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.” (Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor).

    Now please, I beg you, don’t just go home and take everything away from your children. If you are not in the habit of doing this, take your time, talk to them, establish your rules, and stick to them.

    In sum, then, the third lesson we learn from God’s precious children is this…

    be generous but don’t forget to lead.

     Conclusion

    I want to end by saying that there are many more lessons God wants to teach us through the precious children He has entrusted to us. I only had time to share three with you today, but here is a final thought. Some of these lessons come like comic relief; others have the force of a 2 X 4.

    When my daughter, Carissa, was 5, she taught me the greatest lesson I ever learned about the tension between ministry and family. At the end of every service people always wanted to shake hands and chat with the pastor. This sometimes would go on and on while my wife and two small girls would wait. This time Carissa decided enough was enough. She tried to get my attention by tugging at my coat and saying, “Dad!” I was so distracted, I didn’t notice. She probably tried again, I don’t know. All I know is that suddenly I heard that sweet little voice behind me saying, “Pastor Ivanildo!” I immediately turned and to my shock I saw my daughter there.

    Ouch! She had figured out how to get my attention!!! I felt ashamed, humiliated, a thief of my family’s time. I went home in silence but I have kept that reminder close to my heart ever since and through all my highs and lows in life and ministry I keep this thought in front of me: God desires for us to serve Him with all of our hearts but not at the expense of our families. He wants us to love our children to Jesus, to be humble like they are, and to go out of our way to be judicially generous in all of our dealings with them. But above all, He wants us to teach them to be imitators of God all their lives as we learn from this verse in Ephesians:

    “Follow God’s example in everything you do, because you are his dear children” (Ephesians 5:1).

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
    • Beth 8:51 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      great message. I remember hearing a pastor who had been in the ministry for 30 years preaching about this. He had a traveling evangelist ministry and the Lord did many miracles through him, but his family waited for him at home. He was gone a lot. I don’t know if he regretted being gone so much, but he felt bad that he did not honor them when they needed him the most.

      • ivanildotrindade 8:55 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        that’s sad, beth. something we all have to keep in front of us always, but i think especially ministers of the gospel — so many people have claims on their time and schedule!

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