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 Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to greater Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

BRAZIL 2015   -   REPORT  

  

          The 2015 trip was one of the best and yet most difficult ever. The opposition was fierce in getting volunteers, in making hotel and plane reservations and in everything such a trip requires. Opposition usually means great things await us in Brazil, and we need to persevere.  Such was definitely the case in 2015.

       The Brazilian committee did an outstanding job organizing on their end.  We expect “issues” but this year things ran very smoothly.  The churches were prepared and the volunteers had enough work to keep busy.

      We had 9 volunteers working in 5 teams, mostly making home visits, which were very productive.  Three hundred five (305) persons made first time decisions for Christ, which is fantastic.  It is always so special and inspiring to sit face to face with someone, share the Gospel and have that person receive Christ.  From one to as ten decisions were made in homes we visited.

      One thing impacted me in a special way this year.  We were in an apartment complex sharing with folks in the courtyard.  When we left, we were walking through a local park and came upon 10-12 young people hanging out there, or so I thought.  We stopped and started chatting with them.  I asked if I could share something with them, and they said I could.  I shared the Gospel and eight of them received Christ.  I thanked them for allowing “strangers” to talk with them.  One of them replied that they normally do not listen to strangers, but they knew that we were “church people” and that church people are different.  I thought about that a lot.  I pray that we are “different” here at home as well and that the lost can see something in us that puts them at ease so we can be used to lead them into the Kingdom.  Later our interpreter said “that was brave.”  I asked what he meant, and he said that was a group of drug users who were gathered to buy drugs.  That was a little unnerving but that just confirmed to me that, no matter what obstacles we faced this year, God had a plan and He is always in control.

 

I pray that many more will go next year and be a part of what the Lord is doing in Brazil. 

Bruce Vaughn, 2015 Team Leader.