A Great Evangelistic Event

November 30, 2009 at 9:51 am

Some people believe the Brazil Medical Launch program does only medical work. On the contrary, this program helps needy communities in many different ways, seeking to improve the life of the inhabitants. As a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church, this project offers courses on vegetarian cooking and healthful living, organizes and performs youth programs and week of prayer events, offers counseling to married couples, dating couples, youth involved with drugs, and parent/child relationships, all based on the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.

This last month, what appeared to be a simple visit home, turned out to be a great Evangelistic Event. One of our volunteer missionaries, Cleber Medeiros, traveled to Florianópolis, in the south of Brazil, to visit his family for two weeks.

However, what Cleber didn’t know was that the sermon he was to preach on Sabbath would lead to almost two weeks of seminars. The sermon that Sabbath was simple, but full of truth, leading God’s people to a closer walk with God.  It emphasized the need to spend more time reading the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy, and the importance of health reform. It recounted who we are as a people, our place in prophecy and our mission. It reviewed Matthew 24, showing that Christ’s return is imminent.

After this, Cleber was invited to preach in other churches. And for approximately two weeks, having left his wife and kids at the base at the margins of the Amazon River, he was sent by God to share with the churches of Canasvieiras , Barra da Lagoa , Cachoeira do Bom Jesus and Ingleses. More and more church members came each night, thirsting to hear the Word of God in a pure and simple way, through the reading of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.

“Some of the things that most impressed me these two weeks were, first of all, seeing my parents, my brother, and my sister-in-law descend into the waters of baptism.  And secondly, the number of church members that attended the seminars in their own churches, who the following night would drive many kilometers to attend the seminars in the next church, even though it was not previously announced and though it was during the week. Thirdly, upon greeting the church members after the meetings, I would receive strong hugs, sometimes accompanied by tears from those stating that God had spoken to them through the messages that day. They affirmed that from then on, they would mold their lives according to God’s will, not after the desires of the flesh, but after the requirements of the Spirit.”

Cleber always mentioned in his talks that to be a missionary you don’t necessarily have to be on the Amazon river. Everyone is called to be an ambassador for Christ and reflect His character to the world, be it among your neighbors, at your school or at work.

So, in addition to sharing the good news of the salvation with the river dwellers in the Amazon, the Brazil Medical launch program also seeks to strengthen the faith of current church members showing that the Seventh-day Adventist church is the apple of God’s eye, a church founded by God with a specific mission to fulfill. We all should partake of this work since, “a thus saith the Lord, is a thus saith the Lord…”  (words of encouragement stated by pastor Antenor Macedo during Cleber’s speeches, showing that God’s word is eternal and no matter when we live, God doesn’t change).

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