It is incredibly exciting to see churches that have been planted by our missionaries maturing and planting other churches. It is even more exciting to see these churches desire to evangelize not only their own community, but even other countries. Pastor Roger took a group of Brazilian believers to Portugal and Italy for a short-term missions trip. Here is Roger’s report:
April 8-24th we had a team of sixteen people go to Portugal and Italy on a missions trip. The focus was Portugal, where we visited a Brazilian missionary, Roberto. Our team worked hard in preparing for the trip and saw God prepare and confirm the trip. Once in Portugal, we were able to do special outreaches (like go into the public school and do a presentation; and go into a nursery home to minister to the elderly), have a special Brazilian cook out, encourage the churches with song, testimony and time in the Word, and of course we were able to distribute tracts (which we noticed was not as well accepted as in Brazil).
We wanted to encourage missionary Roberto and family. We sought to serve them, but they showed us what serving was all about. It was a great time of iron sharpening iron.
We noticed in Portugal people who lived empty lives filled with the deception of witch craft and false doctrine. We noticed a country driven by concern about the economy and yet people drove BMWs, etc… We noticed the great need for the gospel. Our team was touched to see how God used them in such a short time and I was thrilled to see how the results of such a trip influenced the church back in Brazil.
Our trip was not done. We moved onto Italy where we visited with missionary Frank King. Frank King was missionary resident at Calvary Bible College my first year. He showed us his ministry with the Italians and the Gypsies. Our team got a real taste of a missionary who has endured the years and persevered. Frank King has been working in Italy since 1975, and personally shared that many missionaries leave Italy before they can start seeing fruit in their work. The current Gypsie pastor shared how Frank reached out to him with the love of Christ, and how that affectionate love won him over for Christ. Our team was reminded of the importance of doing the simple gestures of care for others. While at the church service, we got to share testimonies, preach and sing. The testimony of an Italian man really hit home for our team. The Italian brother shared how he was thankful to God for his cancer in his mouth, because the physical problem has opened many doors of evangelism that he has never had. We were all awed by God’s grace and the brother’s perspective for eternity.
The trip was a lot of work, tiring, but well worth it. Several have showed interests in world missions. I know that God will use this trip in greater ways than I know. I believe God is doing something great in the Brazilian church and my prayer and exhortation is that the church of Brazil obey the commission of making disciples of all nations.
Thanks for your prayers and cares,