Sunday, July 6, 2008

In Portuguese, that's Atos 2:42

On Day 4 of our Brazil trip (the day I started getting sick), we went to a town called Ingazeria. We spent some time there in October so it was familiar territory. In October, we stayed in the actual town and did ministry. This time we hopped on this:

...and took off for a more rural area outside of town. It was basically about 16 houses like the ones below on a one-lane road (and I use the word "road" loosely).

On the way into the area, we passed this couple. There is water in those barrels and I guess they were taking it to all the houses. I never really got the details on that.

We divided up into teams and went out to the houses. There were five on my team, including our translator. We ended up at the house of the couple from the water cart! The husband was not there so we talked with the wife, Glesiane. She was very interested in hearing about how to have relationship with God. She had a book of the Psalms and she had been reading it and was just hungry for more! We shared the plan of salvation with her and she prayed to receive Christ as her Savior! Praise God! We also gave her a Portuguese Bible and she immediately started reading it.

Of course we were bummed we had missed her husband, so we asked her if she had ever talked to him about Jesus or if she would. She said, "No, he's not interested. He would never believe." After encouraging her to pray about it and to share with him, we left to visit other houses.

A while later when we joined up with the rest of the team, we found out that not only had another team met Glesiane's husband at another house, but they witnessed to him AND he accepted Christ too! How awesome is God! Wouldn't you have liked to have been a fly on the wall of that house when he got home? What neat things they both had to share with each other!!

Here's our team with Glesiane in her house (minus the one taking the picture).

And here are DeLynn and me with Glesiane and her son at the church in Ingazeria. She brought him to the kids thing we had (face painting, clown, balloon animals).

I can't wait to go back and see her again. Hopefully they are going to church and developing a personal relationship with Christ. Discipling and encouraging is often left to the local churches and in this town that's pretty much one pastor and a small group of believers.

Join me, if you'd like, in praying for this couple's new lives in Christ. And for the pastor (Carlos)to be encouraged and strengthened daily as he seeks to do God's work in the outback.

"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." Acts 2:42


Melissa said...

You don't LOOK sick at all so praise the Lord He helped you get through those days not feeling well! He used you in spite of how you felt! It's so great to hear your stories and to know all that the Lord did while you all were there!
Love ya!

Jessica H said...

This is so amazing! I know God is really using you two there! I hope that God has a mission trip in store for Patrick and I. It's so nice to see pictures of everything after praying for you. Just after knowing you for a short time your marriage had really been an inspiration to myself and Patrick. I'm really glad we moved to Hickory Grove and found such a wonderful Sunday School class!

Faith said...

LOVE this testimony! I have gotten tears in my eyes every time I have heard it! God is awesome!!
I know that He is continuing to do a work in Brazil and I am so thankful to see Him use you and Daniel! Love you!!

Lisa said...

I have not been on a mission trip, but Sandy has, and it changed his life. I know you are blessed by following His commandment to Go, Tell!

Michelle said...

so amazing! I can't really add to what's already been said. Thanks so much for sharing with us.This post has really encouraged me!

ps ~ I left you a little something in my post today. hop over when you get a chance.


Valarie said...

Love this story and love that God to see how God answered my prayers! Thank you for sharing it!