Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Church is Now Here!

Campina Grande is the second largest city in Paraiba, and the church is getting ready to take Christ there.  The church is praying, Brazilian congregations are raising money to send two national families there in addition to a missionary family also preparing to move there this year. But even before they arrive, God is working, as told by Joe McKinney below:



I usually travel through Campina Grande on my way to anywhere in Paraiba so when I discovered that Izaias, an old friend whom I had not seen in over 15 years, had been transferred there (he is an agent with the Federal Police), I decided to stop and try to find him. When I got there, I called him and his wife answered, whom I had never met. She told me how to get to the house. Izaias took off from work and came to meet me at home. We had lunch and spent the day catching up and talking about life, God, the Scriptures until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. I spent the night at their house and the next day went on my way.


Three weeks later, Izaias called me out of the blue and said there were three people who had decided for Christ and wanted to be baptized and would I come do it? Of course I went and after a Bible study with the family, baptized Izaias and his two daughters, Patricia and Vanessa. I went on my way rejoicing.


The church in João Pessoa is right now preparing three families to move to Campina Grande to begin the church there, hopefully in June or July. Izaias, right after the baptisms, told me "The church is now in Campina Grande."

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