Faça uma viagem para Israel

Meu amigos e irmãos de igreja, Ricardo e Teresa Cornetione, abriram uma agência de turismo recentemente. Eles gostam muito de passear juntos e Ricardo desenvolveu um talento para achar preços excelentes. O seguinte descreve um pacote que Path Travel está oferecendo para conhecer a “terra santa.”


Mesmo que seja um lugar distante, Israel agora esta mais perto para você. Nós poderemos estar, andar, ver, tocar e se emocionar revivendo momentos da vida de Jesus.

Para quem está nos Estados Unidos, saíndo de New York, com apenas 30% de entrada+ US$ 89.00 por semana esse sonho se torna realidade. Para facilitar para quem esta no Brasil, separamos a viagem em duas partes. Preparamos a parte terrestre para você, que inclui: Todo o transporte em Israel/Guia/Entrada a todos os lugares que iremos visitar/ Café da manhã e jantar todos os dias no valor de US$ 1995.00 dividido em até 6x (Com a entrada de US$ 500.00 em Julho).A parte aérea pode ser comprada no Brasil para ser dividida em quantas vezes for necessário. Quem se antecipa, realiza. Garanta já o seu lugar nessa jornada que transformará a sua vida. Entre em contato com a gente.

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PROGRAMAÇÃO

Dia 1: Partida Hoje vamos embarcar na nossa viagem à Terra Santa. Prepare-se para uma experiência de mudança de vida. Descanse um pouco durante a viagem. Amanhã você vai estar andando onde Jesus andou!

2 º Dia: Chegada Israel

Chegada em Israel no aeroporto Ben Gurion, onde será recebido pelo nosso agente de transferência. Nós viajaremos para o norte ao nosso hotel por uma noite, na zona costeira perto de Tel Aviv. O restante do dia é livre para caminhar ao longo do Mediterrâneo, relaxar e jantar. O tempo é certo para um devocional pessoal com o pôr do sol sobre o “Grande Mar”. Conheça seu guia israelense, desfrute de um momento de oração de agradecimento para as bênçãos especiais em frente, e o restante do tempo com uma boa noite.

Dia 3: Iremos visitar Cesárea, Megido e Nazaré

Depois do almoço, viajaremos de ônibus privado ao longo da costa do Mar Mediterrâneo para Cesárea, onde gentios ouviram pela primeira vez as Boas Novas de Pedro e foram batizados. Vamos ver o Anfiteatro Romano e aqueduto, e em seguida iremos viajar para o Monte Carmelo, onde Elias desafiou o rei Acabe e os profetas de Baal. Em seguida, vamos viajar através do vale de Jezreel para Megido, o campo de batalha do Armagedom, onde os arqueólogos desenterraram 20 níveis de civilização. Logo após, nos dirigiremos para a área de Caná e Nazaré, a casa de infância de Jesus, onde visitaremos a Vila de Nazaré – uma recriação maravilhosa dos tempos bíblicos, com guias fantasiados. Vamos ter jantar e alojamento durante a noite para as próximas duas noites na área de Tiberíades no Mar da Galiléia.

Dia 4: Cafarnaum, Dan, Cesárea de Filipe e Mateus. Monte das Bem-Aventuranças

Depois do café, na nossa manhã viajaremos a dois valiosos lugares ao norte. Dan é o lugar onde os filhos de Israel caíram nas profundezas de adoração pagã e Filipe de Cesaréia, é o lugar da confissão de Pedro. Em Cafarnaum, vamos visitar as ruínas de uma antiga sinagoga na casa de Pedro. Em seguida, viajamos para o lugar da possível multiplicação dos pães e peixes, e também visitaremos Betsaida e o Monte das Bem-aventuranças com vista para o mar. Depois de ver um barco de pescador antigo em um Kibutz, poderemos desfrutar de um relaxante cruzeiro no Mar da Galiléia. Uma breve leitura das escrituras e devocionais a bordo trazem à vida as experiências de Jesus e os discípulos pescadores que celebrem um dia maravilhoso. Dia 5: Lugares de batismos no Rio Jordão e Beth Shean.

Começamos nosso dia com a oportunidade de ser batizado no rio Jordão. Em seguida, viajaremos para o sul até Beit-Shean, o local arqueológico mais magnífico em Israel, localizado na junção estratégica dos vales de Jezreel e Jordânia. Como Jericó, foi quase continuadamente ocupada ao longo da história, depois de derrotar Saul e seus filhos no Monte Gilboa, os filisteus enforcaram seus corpos nas paredes de Beit Shean-. Durante o tempo de Jesus, Scythopolis foi uma das principais cidades da Decápolis – uma liga de dez cidades que partilham a cultura grega e do governo. Após o fértil vale do Jordão para o sul, seu guia irá apontar a restauração agrícola do “Terra da mana leite e mel”, onde está o sistema de Kibutz que é o desenvolvimento de irrigação em Israel. Passaremos pela antiga Jericó, veremos à distância esta cidade famosa como a mais antiga do mundo, antes de vir para Betânia além do Jordão, o lugar onde Jesus foi batizado por João Batista, onde Elias e Eliseu atravessaram o Jordão, bem como a área onde os filhos de Israel liderado por Josué entrou na terra prometida. O nosso alojamento para a noite é no Mar Morto – o lugar mais baixo na terra. Passe algum tempo no spa especial e desfrute de um mergulho no Mar Morto para um flutuador relaxante antes do jantar.

Dia 6: Massada, Ein Gedi, Mar Morto, Tenda de Abraão

Nosso dia começa com um passeio de teleférico até o topo da montanha fortaleza de Massada. Aqui o nosso guia vai nos tratar com a história do povoamento fanático famoso. Depois passamos a Ein Gedi, “Primavera do Bode”, um oásis na costa ocidental do Mar Morto. Devido ao seu clima quente e abundante oferta de água, esse lugar desenvolveu uma boa reputação sobre suas plantas aromáticas e palmeiras. Este é o lugar onde o rei Davi se escondeu de Saul, e onde Deus derrotou os inimigos dos israelitas pelo louvor e adoração liderado pelo rei Josafá. Em seguida, vamos visitar cavernas de Qumran, onde os Manuscritos do Mar Morto foram descobertos. Esta tarde vamos participar na Terra Gênesis / jantar na tenda de Abraão, onde poderemos desfrutar de uma viagem no tempo: um reviver de vida no tempo dos Patriarcas, completa com a apresentação, traje dramático, e autêntica comida. O nosso alojamento para as próximas três noites será em Jerusalém.

Dia 7: Cerca de Jerusalém, tempos bíblicos

Em nosso caminho para a cidade, iremos visitar o Muro das Lamentações e, em seguida, os túneis fascinantes rabínicos que nos levam até a era do Segundo Templo. O túnel e a exibição vai nos dar uma clara compreensão da construção incrível do Monte do Templo, pedras gigantes, abastecimento de água e da rua Romana, onde nosso Senhor foi levado a julgamento. Antes de sair do túnel, vemos a imensa pedra angular rejeitada pelos construtores. Nós nos movemos para a sala de julgamento de Pilatos, onde ele ouvia daqueles que conspiraram contra ele eram brutalmente levados a espancamento e humilhação. Logo em seguida, iremos de ver o Tanque de Betesda, a Porta de Estevão e a Igreja de St. Ann. Na parte da tarde, iremos visitar as escavações da parede do sul. Este lado sul do Templo, era a entrada principal para o povo comum, enquanto os sacerdotes e levitas tinham a sua própria entrada do lado leste superior. Foi através deste que Jesus entrou no Monte do Templo e expulsou os vendedores e os trocadores de dinheiro que estavam explorando o povo. Também é provável que este é o lugar que Pedro se levantou e pregou e onde milhares foram salvos e batizados no Dia de Pentecostes. Aqueles que desejarem podem permanecer no mercado da cidade para fazer compras, enquanto outros podem optar por passar o resto do dia em torno do nascimento de Cristo com uma visita a Belém.

Dia 8: Passos de Jesus, Os Últimos Dias, caminho do sofrimento, Jardim da Tumba

Hoje andamos onde Jesus andou, começando o dia com uma vista panorâmica da cidade, Monte Moriá e do Domo da Rocha do alto do Monte das Oliveiras e no Jardim do Getsêmani. Quantos já quiseram ser levados de volta no tempo para obter um vislumbre de nosso Senhor e ouvir Sua voz se só por um momento? Para caminhar entre as árvores antigas oliveiras, ler as escrituras de oração de Jesus e ter tempo para a reflexão pessoal é importante aqui. Passando pelo Cemitério Protestante, nós visitamos o “Cenáculo” fora do Portão de Sião, onde o discípulo a quem Jesus amava deitou sua cabeça sobre o peito e onde mais tarde Thomas exclamou: “meu Senhor e meu Deus.” Enquanto caminhava ao longo da Via Dolorosa, somos lembrados da sua forma de sofrimento, juntamente com uma visita à Igreja do Santo Sepulcro. Nosso guia explicará as diferentes opiniões sobre o caminho que Cristo foi levado e o local efetivo da crucificação e sepultamento, esse é um estudo muito interessante. O clímax do dia é a área do Gólgota (lugar da caveira) e Jardim da Tumba, onde comemoramos a ressurreição de comunhão e um tempo de louvor.

. Dia 9: Volta para nossos lares.

* PRAZO MAXIMO PARA PAGAMENTO ATE DIA 1 DE DEZEMBRO DE 2012.


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Xuxa and Her Legal Battle with Google

Xuxa is a well-known, beloved presenter of children’s programming in Brazil. However, her career didn’t begin on such wholesome terms. In her teens she entered into the adult entertainment industry, and in 1982, the year she turned 19, she played the role of a prostitute in a film entitled “Love Strange Love.” In that movie she seduced a 12 year old boy, and a couple of the scenes are reportedly pretty explicit (based on its reputation, I wouldn’t watch the film even if I had access to it). From there she moved on, working her way fairly easily into children’s entertainment. All these years later, though, her part in that questionable film still haunts her. She has taken legal action against Google, seeking to have all links and references taken down that reference her in connection with both sex and pedophilia. Just this past week her case before the Superior Justice Tribunal was decided in favor of Google. Her lawyer says that the fight has only just begun.

On the one hand I feel sympathetic towards Xuxa. A couple of months ago she went on a well-watched Brazilian news program and shared how she was molested repeatedly in her childhood by men close to her family. Knowing that, it’s easy to understand both how she got herself into the adult entertainment industry, and why she has worked so hard since getting out of that sector to brighten the lives of children. Further, who hasn’t made terrible mistakes in their past? Some may be greater or lesser, but we can’t be holding old errors against one another indefinitely.

On the other hand, what Xuxa did in making that movie and generally participating in adult entertainment is part of history. It’s factual information that the public has a right to know. There’s no use trying to hide it. Rather, it needs to be owned, repented of and dealt with, just like any sins of one’s past.

In this fight I side with Google, but really wish Xuxa the best. She’s accomplished a great deal in her life and deserves credit for the good she’s done.


See also:
Wikipedia article on Xuxa
Xuxa Loses Lawsuit Against Google (Brazil Dispatch)
Guerra contra Google está apenas no começo (INFO Online)
Google vence Xuxa no STJ (Tecnoblog)

Help Promote Social Ministry in Uberlândia, Brazil

A few years ago some members of the Churches of Christ in Uberlândia, Brazil felt led to start a ministry of social action. They named it Ministério Social Beija-Flor (Hummingbird Social Ministry), citing a children’s fable about a forest fire that a hummingbird fought one drop of water at a time while the other animals fled. The creature did what it could, and so these disciples of Christ in Uberlândia were committed to similarly face the enormous social challenges in their city and the surrounding region. They took food baskets to families in extreme need and helped out at a children’s home (see the slideshow below). After a time the ministry went into hibernation due to lack of active leadership, but people remember and are asking to start the work back up again. During my brief two weeks in Brazil this July I hope to take some Biblical instruction to the churches in Uberlândia to perhaps fan the flame of interest in this work back into existence. For this I need your help.

The Bible Society of Brazil publishes a Bible in a contemporary translation that has the roughly 2000 verses relevant to poverty and justice highlighted. It also includes a section of devotional thoughts in the that include action items to encourage people to get involved. I would like to get copies of this edition of the Bible into the hands of select members of the church that show the greatest interest in participating. That, along with the youth lesson, Sunday School classes and sermons I’ll be providing, should go a long way towards encouraging people to align their lives with the heart of God for social justice.

Would you consider helping out? I’m attempting to raise $120 to cover the cost of 8 – 10 copies of the Bíblia Sagrada Pobreza e Justica (factoring in shipping & handling). I have a FundRazr campaign set up and I’d like to have the money together by July 15, at which point I can wire it down to my brother-in-law to make the purchase ahead of my arrival there.

This is money I can’t put forward at this point due to my other travel expenses (which I am covering) but I believe it can be taken care of fairly quickly through the generosity of people who believe in the value of faith-based social action.

To contribute, click below.

Thank you!
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See also: 

Poverty & Justice Bibles for Brazil
Introducing Ministério Social Beija-Flor
Bíblia Pobreza e Justiça é ferramenta para entidades do Terceiro Setor (Cidadania Evangêlica)

    Cheating Causes Uberlândia’s Federal University to Reschedule Entrance Exams

    The big news out of Uberlândia, Brazil this week is that due to one test taker cheating, the results of the first phase of the university entrance exam, known in Brazil as the “Vestibular,” were anulled, and the second phase cancelled. Most people seem to be spending their anger and frustration on the alleged cheater, her accomplice and the university, but there’s something positive to be seen in this situation. I think the heroes of this story are the folks at the test preparation course who suspected the candidate’s fraud.

    Deborah Cristina Silva Maia, a nurse who was testing to enter into a medical program, was signed up for with a test preparation course. I’ve read that it was “Nacional.” Rather than show up for the regular preparation classes, she reportedly only went to the school for tutoring assistance. Her questions were very specific, something that raised the suspicions of teachers and staff. They reported their concerns to the university, and before the second phase of testing the university notified the Federal Public Ministry, apparently having found evidence on the student in the form of notes that indicated her fraud. She reportedly confessed to police that she had received questions that would appear on the test from a university employee.

    The as-yet unnamed university employee was nearing retirement in August, after 35 years with the university. It’s a shame to hear about someone coming so close to the finish line only to do this, potentially losing not only his job but also his retirement funds. A bigger question for everyone is how long this was going on. Was this a one-off case of cheating, or part of something that had been going on year after year?

    As I mentioned above, I really believe that the staff at Nacional are to be commended. They suspected something was amiss and reported it. Too often people see fraud but choose to look the other way, either to avoid complications in life or some other motives. I hope their honest deed won’t be punished in the court of public opinion, due to the severe inconvenience placed on students who will now need to retake the first test and then sit for the second in August. As for the university, it will cost 900,000 reais to provide the tests again, in addition to payments that may be made to students as the result of civil suits.


    See also:Novo vestibular da UFU vai gerar um prejuízo de R$ 900 mil (Jornal Correio)

    Poverty Porn from a Brazilian Favela

    Brazil is rising as a major political and economic player in the world. There have been major oil finds, government programs for the poor have lifted many thousands out of poverty and into the lower middle class. Start-ups are starting to find their role in the national marketplace. President Obama has taken steps to facilitate the visa process for Brazilians looking to come to the United States as tourists, a major shift from only a few years ago when Brazilians were looked upon as a “risk” for undocumented immigration. Things are looking up, but of course many very old social ills remain, and there’s much work to be done. Unfortunately, many outsiders continue to stereotype Brazil, framing its situation only in terms of negatives. The following video is one example, and I’ll follow with comments.

    First, the general tone of this report is all wrong. It’s hand-wringing poverty porn, akin to those commercials where a heavyset white man walks a poor, barefoot little girl through down a trash-filled slum and laments her situation, making a plea to folks watching to chip in a dollar a day. That isn’t to say I have something against such programs. Quite the contrary. My wife and I sponsor a child through Food for the Hungry, a non-profit that has a solid child sponsorship program and which does not resort to poverty porn. In this news report, the BBC reporter seems solely focused on making the situation look as dramatically bad as possible. That brings me to my next point.

    Second, where the reporter sees overcrowding, tight alleys, tangled wires and open sewers I see the remarkable creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness of the community’s residents. With minimal or no official assistance they managed to stitch together a functioning system. Unlike the urban poor in many parts of the world, folks in Rocinha and other similar neighborhoods in Rio have running water, electricity and other basic amenities. It is far from ideal, but it’s a fantastic testament to the human spirit and drive to overcome. Sure, the democratically-elected government at all levels should step up and do more as the official voice and representative of Brazilian society at large, but the grassroots have been doing pretty well on their own as well. Bring the two together.

    A final annoyance to me was the reporters reference to “the rainforest” as he looked up from the bottom of a dark alley. Foreigners always think of Brazil as rainforest, Carnaval and – now – favelas. Brazil has those, but it is so much more. It’s something like saying the United States is Times Square, Christmas and New Orleans (or any other three randomly chosen aspects of U.S. culture).

    I hope that with the World Cup coming up in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016, both hosted by Brazil, that international reporting on the country will take on more depth. So far, I’m not too terribly impressed.


    See Also: 
    Brazil’s Many Stories

    Poverty & Justice Bibles for Brazil

    Some time back I did a very unfavorable review of the Poverty and Justice Bible, published by the American Bible Society (ABS). I love the idea of this edition of this Bible and the way it was implemented, with passages relevant to the topics of poverty and social justice highlighted, along with a section in the middle with topically-themed devotional thoughts that end with action items. The highlighting alone makes it very clear how central the topics of poverty and justice are to the Bible, in a way that might be particularly surprising to many conservative evangelicals in the United States. The big downside to the Poverty and Justice Bible is that the text used is the Contemporary English Version (CEV). This translation is abysmal, and you can click here to read my full review of the Poverty and Justice Bible.

    That said, with a mission trip to Brazil coming up later in July, I’d like to purchase about 20 copies of the Portuguese-language edition of the Poverty and Justice Bible and distribute them to church members. Why am I willing to do this? Because in Brazil the base translation for the Bíblia Sagrada Pobreza e Justiça in the “Nova Tradução na Linguagem de Hoje” (NTLH), and although it is published by the Sociedade Bíblica do Brasil and should be the counterpart to the CEV, it is a much better translation. My daughter has a copy of this translation and I’ve looked it over, finding no major issues, and certainly nothing similar to the flaws I see in the CEV.

    In Brazil, as in the United States, there are many Christians who do not see the need for social action. In the more conservative evangelical churches the emphasis is usually on personal salvation and the hope of heaven, rather than the full-blooded, Biblical teaching that calls for us to see the mission of God as involving body, soul and spirit, looking forward to resurrection, judgment and New Heavens/New Earth. It isn’t that people know what the Bible says and choose to do otherwise, but rather that they simply haven’t been brought to notice the repeated and frequent summons to love our neighbors in more ways than evangelism (although, that too!).

    The Portuguese-language edition of the Poverty and Justice Bible brings together a great concept, insightful notes that challenge the reader to take action, the invaluable highlighting of relevant verses and a solid translation.

    If I can raise $120 by July 15, I will send the money along to the lead evangelist of the Churches of Christ in Uberlândia, Brazil and have him purchase 8 – 10 copies ahead of my visit (cost includes shipping, if we can buy more copies with the same amount, we will!). While there I will teach on the biblical call to social action and give this Bible out to church members who are identified as leading or having potential to lead in the church’s social ministry. The idea is both to encourage leadership in this area as well as provide an opportunity to deepen understanding of this important topic, facilitating teaching others in turn.

    I’ve set up a FundRazr campaign for this effort, and ask my readers and friends to consider contributing whatever you can to help out. This will be a step in the right direction for re-starting the social ministry in Uberlândia’s churches, one that will definitely make a lasting impact for those in need.

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    Inspiring and Encouraging Teens to “Do Something”

    Looking to get teens active in “doing good”? Check out DoSomething.org. It’s a company that runs social change campaigns for teens that require no money, adult assistance or a car. A new campaign is launched nearly every week. Causes have included homelessness, environmental issues and poverty, but in very specific and unique ways that are accessible to teens.

     My question is how to get teens inspired and motivated to take up any of these causes. It seems like the sort of thing to get a youth group behind, but not necessarily so easy for a “lone ranger” teen.