The month of August has come and gone as a blur and we are almost half-way through September already. I have only been back in Brazil for seven months, since our last visit to the States but it seems so far away. So much has happened; so many trips, classes taught, meetings and baptisms that it is a blur.
In August there were 9 baptisms throughout the state, that I know of. Three of them were in a small town called Emas. The evangelist, Givanildo, has lived in this city for several years and the church has grown very little. I began studying the Bible with Givanildo by phone once a week, every week and he began teaching more people in his city of Emas. This past month, three people were baptized and more are studying God's Word.
I do not believe that my studying with Givanildo was the cause of these three baptisms but I have "seen" or should I say heard a change in his voice and the subjects he talks about. I have seen him more often on my trips to the interior, where as before, he would hardly show his face, I have grown closer to him and he has helped me to grow in my relationship with Christ. He is a very humble person with a great desire to serve God. He is now seeing evidence of the service he is giving.
This article was written to celebrate the power of God's Word in our lives. Read it. Study it. Live it. It will change your life and the lives of some or all of those around you.
- for the maturing of your three new brothers and sisters in the city of Emas;
- for Givanildo's love to study and live God's Word to continue to grow;
- for the congregations throughout the state of Paraíba and their growth.