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Greetings From Brazil!

Todd Williams - Friday, November 21, 2014

Welcome to Brazil

     A big hello from sunny Recife, Brazil! It’s just getting into summer here, nice and warm with plenty of sunshine. The picture above reads “Welcome, Mindi”, and from day 1 I praise God that this is how I have felt.

This picture was taken on the first Saturday after the Wednesday I arrived. The teenage girls’ group I’m helping with (called the M&M’s) meets on Saturdays at 9am. My first Saturday they had a party to welcome me. We had a devotional about what it means to be sent out and who is sent out by God to share His good news (the answer is everyone, by the way!). One of the girls said “I can’t wait to serve God with you!”. I’m blessed to be here to minister to and serve alongside these girls!

Baptisms!

     Last year when I spent 6 weeks here at the congregation in the neighborhood of Boa Viagem there were 16 baptisms. So far, this October we have had 5! God is doing amazing things in the hearts of the people of Recife through this congregation and I’m so excited to be a part of it. Two of the people baptized are teenage girls, and I hope to begin studying the Bible with them in the next few weeks.  The young man pictured below was formerly a pastor at a Pentecostal church here in Recife that practiced and taught many things contrary to and outside of the Bible. He and many young men who were leaders in that congregation have been baptized as a result of a course our congregation offers called “Let the Bible Speak for Itself”. They have publicly declared the errors of their old congregation and, teaching any willing member about following what the Bible says, they have begun a new congregation together in their neighborhood. Several of our elders and their families visit this congregation, teaching and preaching to help them grow spiritually. Last Sunday evening I visited the new congregation as well. They have about 19 members and are focused on teaching the Bible and evangelizing the people in their neighborhood. I plan to visit this new congregation as much as possible to encourage and serve in any way I can.


A Month of Learning!

     This first month has been a month of learning. I have begun taking Portuguese lessons to ensure that I can effectively communicate with the people here. I have also spent the last month learning even the most basic things, like how to buy things in a store, where to go for the best fresh fruits, how to navigate the public transportation system (I still haven’t quite figured that one out!) Of course, I’m also learning hundreds of things a day about Brazilians and their beautiful culture as I live, work, and study with the people here. It’s been a blast so far. The people are laid back, patient, and they love to laugh. They’re a joy to live with and it’s so good to serve God alongside them. I look forward to growing in the language and understanding of this city so that I can get involved in all of the ministry God has planned for me here. May God richly bless each and every one of you this month. 

- Mindi Powell (Recife, Brazil)

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