A gift that keeps on giving
Ponta Grossa, Brazil
PERIOD OF THE PROJECT
2019 – Present
In Ponta Grossa, Brazil, Cefas Oliveira contacted pastors to share the vision of Samaritan Strategy. This led to trainings for more than 30 church leaders. The pastor of the Christian Missionary Church of Castro decided to do a seed project 382 miles away from the church, in the Guarany Indian villages of Conquista and Jaboticabeiras. Touched by the needs of the Guaranys –exposed to the offerings of destructive lifestyles like drug use and prostitution– church members wanted to share God’s love with them. Inspired by the Scripture of James 5.7, “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains”, they rent a bus and traveled to the villages. During the seed project, they shared the gospel, distributed food, toys and toothbrushes, prayed with the Guaranys, and had a fun time playing with puppets. They also planted 28 citrus trees with the verse of James 5.7 and other passages labeling each tree. They told the parable of the sower. Eight Guaranys gave their lives to Jesus and have been discipled by a local church.
The SamS project in Ponta Grossa can be multiplied in other YWAM bases across Brazil.
May the Lord inspire more churches to disciple the Guaranys.
Like the 8 new believers, may the Guaranys be responsive to the gospel and follow the model of Jesus growth in all areas of life.
ESTABLISHING SELF-SUSTAINING SAMARITAN STRATEGY TEAMS IN NEW AREAS