Thursday, July 19, 2007

How a friend got drugged in Brazil

This is an excerpt from a friend's recent prayer letter. Thought you might enjoy it..
"After an early morning arrival in Brazil I caught the bus to Rio de Janeiro. I spoke to numerous people on the bus as one does in Brazil. At 3 pm we stopped for lunch in a small town called Lorena. When I stood up from the table, I realized that someone had drugged me somehow. My mind became totally confused and cloudy. I panicked as I was alone and vulnerable for anything to happen if I were to pass out. I grabbed my cell phone out of the pocket and managed to page my wife in Canada. She called me back immediately and said "Call an ambulance now!"

The manager of the bus station called the ambulance and got my luggage off the bus. When the ambulance arrived they took my blood pressure - 200/120 (!) I have a minor heart condition so it was a very dangerous and potentially lethal situation. They took me to the emergency ward and after various treatments and five hours later, my blood pressure was still the same. Finally by 9pm that same day, it had finally returned to normal. The friends who I was going to minister with in Rio had contacted local church leaders who came to the hospital to take care of me. I stayed at their home that evening and the next day had to get on the same bus to get to Rio.

I realized that I had been targeted to be robbed by a couple on the bus claiming to be believers. They were very clever in building up credibility (even wearing a Jesus T-Shirt). They offered me a piece of chewing gum on board the bus and two seconds after I took it, I turned my head aside and spat it out as I realized something wasn't right (It took a few seconds in all my tiredness to remember not to take candy from strangers!!). I can't imagine the effect that it would have had if I wouldn't have spat it out. Thank God for His protection! I went on to have a great time of ministry in Brazil speaking in the oldest evangelical church in the country (in Rio) and then at the first ever missions conference at a huge church in Salvador. Many people responded to the challenge to be involved in mission - especially many of the youth."
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APRIL


MAY

30 Thu | TEB poss. staying over
31 Fri 10am online MI b. mtg

JUNE

12 Wed 12noon flight to Houston, TX
12-16 Wed-Sun time in Houston
15 Sat Prayer Journey - Houston
16 Sun flight to Arkansas
16-21 Sun-Fri downtime in Arkansas
21 Fri flight to Toronto
23 Sun eve flight to Manila
25 special event w/ ~J
25-30 Sun-Sun Lausanne Marketplace Forum - Manila

JULY
1 Mon Canada Day - likely lunch w/ J/BA+
2 Tue (1) 6:30pm dinner (Pstr Nono), (2) 7:30pm patch prayer mtg
4 Thu 8am - med. appt: stress echo
5 Fri-Sun church-plant camping trip - Balsom Lake
8 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 12:30pm detailing
27 Sat (1) 1pm wedding (NA+) - Etobicoke, (2) 5:30pm wedding (C/C) - Kleinburg, ON

AUGUST onwards
Aug 12-16: Kids Kapers camp
Sep 13: poss. 10am MI b. mtg
Oct 18 (or 25): poss. CCWM board mtg
(Oct 4-6: BAM conf - Silicon Valley, USA)
(Oct 22-25: poss. conf - Edmonton)
Nov 1-2: poss. Nepal prayer b'fast w/ TH
Nov 22: poss. 10am MI b. mtg
Dec: poss. Australia; Indonesia
Apr 20-22: poss. First Chair retreat
2020: May 8: 10am CCWM board mtg