Our co-workers Raniere Menezes and Raniere Vieira are establishing a congregation in the Mangabeira neighborhood. Read the following, translated from http://missaomangabeira.blogspot.com/ :
First Conversions: Taking the Good News
by Raniere Vieira
In the most populated neighborhood of João Pessoa, the news is very edifying; the baptisms have started and we don't expect them to stop! Our LORD has fortified our spirit, making it possible to participate in the harvest. We recognize that it is God who gives the growth; therefore we want to share what He has done with the work in Mangabeira.
We had asked for prayers for Silvania and Rafael and the prayers were answered. When we started to study the Bible with this couple, they were living together and as soon as they were presented with the Truth, they decided to live in separate houses and have a relationship approved by Christ. It is didn't stop there... Silvania decided to turn over her life to Christ.
"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow." 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
And Rafael thought a few more days about the decision, and when we were studying the Bible he decided to turn his life over to Christ. It was already past 9 pm, but... there was water (cold) and nothing that stood in the way of him being baptized!
I am certain that we will have more "good news" to share with everyone soon. There is little that stands in the way of us starting to meet as a church in Mangabeira. We are growing and the work will not stop.
Pray for this work, pray for the workers that God will continue to bless us.