On the Street in Salvador, Brazil

In BrazilPaige Patterson, left, with the help of an interpreter into Portuguese, tells festival goers in Brazil about the saving grace offered through Jesus Christ.

SALVADOR, Brazil - Nobody walking past the street corner where he was preaching knew, or probably cared, that the speaker was president of the Southern Baptist Convention in the United States or that he was the president of a large denominational seminary in North Carolina.

All that the people on the crowded street could tell was that the man was saying something that seemed to be important and that might offer hope to their lives.

Street-corner preaching posts during Carnaval - an annual gigantic, outdoor party similar to Mardi Gras - include a microphone and a black-lit easel on which fluorescent paints are used to illustrate the gospel message of Christ's death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins.