- The number of immigrants in prison continues very unstable. In Boston ICE is holding two units, in Bristol only one, and Plymouth two. In Plymouth beside the Bible Studies among ICE units there is also the Bible Study among Spanish speaking prisoners on trial. The average attendance in August was bigger than July, (60 – 65).
- I have talked with some people about to begin a Bible Study group in Fall River. About 12 told me they are interested to be part of this group, including three former inmates and their spouses. One former inmate will come from Worcester, MA. Firstly I thought to start on Summer but soon I realized it was not a good time to start anything. Our first meeting will be on the first half of September, probably at the somebody home. I’m trying to find a neutral place, like an office. I’d like to avoid to use a church facility, but it also can be possible.
- I was invited to lead a Bible Study with a Brazilian group in Malden, MA on June 19th. Before the Bible Study I visited Rodrigo Lopes in Lynn, MA and he gave us 26 Spanish Bibles.
- From time to time I call those immigrants who now are out of the prison. They are always very receptive to my calls. Sometimes I found them spiritually weak. Then I have the opportunity to pray for them over the phone.
- My conversation with the Brazilian pastor of the Brazilian Congregation that is nestled at the First PC in Fairfield in order of having a fundraising dinner there is on stand by position. He spent 30 days in Brazil and already came back, but he didn’t talk with Rev. Ed as he said would do. I asked him to plan a meeting with Rev. Ed and I will be there.
- Some time ago our Presbytery online newsletter brought information about a position as chaplain in a prison in Rhod Island. David Watermulder emailed me encouraging me to apply. After some consideration I understood it would be a interesting thing to me and also a possibility to expand PIM ministry. Also, looking to the PIM future I believe it would be an open door to help us financially. So, I applied and I’m waiting for the next step that would be a contact with them.
- The IPIB General Assembly met on July and, unfortunately they decided to end any partnership with the PCUSA. The Rev. Valdir França, who works for the Presbyterian World Mission as area coordinator for Latin American and the Caribbean, had a meeting with the IPIB leaders last week in Brazil. He told me that the new chairperson of the Board of Evangelism and the Executive of the IPIB AG will be in touch with me and that I should be prepared for take a decision between be pastor of IPIB or PCUSA. Unfortunately, according to some conversations I had with friends, the IPIB is returning back to a conservatism that was thought to be part of the past. If they asked to choose, I’ve already made my choice to stay with the PCUSA, even having deep and historical links with the IPIB.
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