April 30, 2018
Encouraging the Saints in Brazil
From the Superintendent's DESK
Sam Ajayi, Director of South America Work, and his wife, Shade, are in Brazil to encourage the saints there and also meet with a group of pastors interested in the Apostolic Faith work. Brother Sam sent this report of their activities so far:
Our church in Jurema, a suburb of Fortaleza, Brazil, is led by pastor Nivaldo Peixoto. He and the saints were excited to have visitors representing the world headquarters. Though they are somewhat isolated, they are keeping on by holding Gospel meetings and making efforts toward a wider outreach.
On Thursday evening we held an evangelistic meeting, and there was a power outage. Candles and cell phone flashlights were hurriedly put in place to supply light. Shade testified, expressing gratitude for how the Lord saved her from a Muslim home. She said she is thankful that the polygamous home she was raised in did not disqualify her for salvation. God has saved, sanctified, and baptized her. She said that Jesus has been the Light of her life since.
The sermon focused on John 4:5-15. We were admonished to have a holy desire, like the woman at the well who asked of Jesus, “Give me this water,” because she wanted to experience “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” It was brought out that when we experience the eternal water the Lord gives through salvation, it makes a definite and dramatic change in our lives in both small and great ways. The woman at the well was transformed in her heart and in her emotions; she instantaneously changed from an adulteress to a chaste person. We were told that salvation produces a newness of life that is verifiable by appearance and action. If we truly have it, the same evidence will manifest in our lives.
In a service on Friday evening, we heard several inspiring testimonies about God’s grace and sustenance. Then the sermon was taken from Acts 9:1-7. It emphasized that Jesus is the Light of the world, and the same light that shone in Saul’s life is present today in our meetings. Also, just as the Lord spoke to Saul individually, He speaks to us individually. We were encouraged to respond to the Voice of the Lord as Saul did.
We have been very thankful to the Lord for the fervent prayer we have witnessed at the altars following each service. It has been very encouraging to see.
On Saturday, we traveled to Guaramiranga, a lush, dense area similar to a rain forest, in the mountains of Baturité. It is about a two-hour drive from Jurema. A group of pastors from the area had requested to know more about the Apostolic Faith work. Upon arrival, we were treated to an authentic Brazilian meal comprised of fried bananas, rice and beans, and sweet yams— all cooked with dried and shredded beef. Following the meal, we had a very profitable meeting with the pastors. After I detailed our history, doctrines, and structure, we gave them some literature to consider.
We are thankful for what the Lord is doing in Brazil. Please pray for the work in this country.
The Ajayis are scheduled to travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, next, and from there go to Peru. We pray the Lord will prosper their way.
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