Taubate church of Christ
Some Taubaté saints in a recent meeting

TAUBATÉ, Brazil (BNc) — A small Brazilian congregation decided that funds that had accumulated over several years needed to be shared with a number of worthy efforts, rather than kept in savings.

The congregation in Taubaté, located in São Paulo state, noted it had over R$11,000 on hand. With no local project in sight for such funds, the saints decided to send at least R$1,000 (about US$430) to ten different efforts in the brotherhood. Each.

Among the efforts the church decided to support with a one-time gift are these:

  • The pioneer effort to establish the truth in the city of Belém, in the state of Pará, after a loss of personnel and funding.
  • Rolfe and Valeria Salomão’s pioneer effort in São Luís in Maranhão state. A small monthly amount is already being sent to this couple.
  • Relief efforts on behalf of the brethren in the Philippines.
  • An evangelistic trip by a brother living in Salvador, Bahia, to teach a receptive group of friends and relatives in his hometown.
  • The Lar Cristão children’s home in Cabreúva, São Paulo state (in English: BrazilKids).

“I told the church here and everyone was blown away! They want to have more of a relationship [with the Taubaté church]. They were really excited,” missionary Nick Fower in Belém said of Taubaté’s gift.

The Taubaté church is a young congregation which meets in a rented room in a private nursery school near the main bus station of the city.

The congregations in the Paraíba Valley region of the state of São Paulo have actively sought out efforts to support. Funds have been sent for aid to places such as Japan and Haiti.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

4 thoughts on “‘Everyone was blown away’: Small church gives away accumulated offerings to 10 worthy efforts

  1. I often wonder where the fine line is. Are our operational expenses too high? Does it require us to keep too much money sitting idly? One thing for certain, there is no shame in giving all. God has always been pleased with it!

  2. I really enjoyed this article and I love the way these Brothers and Sisters sowed seed to several areas. There are so many good works out there for us to support and get involved with on a very personal Christian level. If you want to see a good one in action go to Goole and type in Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch and watch all the videos. My wife and I went up to Long Island NY two years ago and worked on this Ranch…it is amazing how they rebuild lives and teach the Gospel! Paul

  3. This is Paul again; I should let you know more about the folks who run Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch. Jerry and Fern Hill are members of the Lord’s Church in Riverhead, NY. They started the Ranch back in 1980 and it has grown since then from a Boy’s Ranch to also include girls as of this past year. They also have a program to assist young people who are released from jail, who would otherwise be homeless and abandoned. I am always amazed with Jerry and Fern and all of the staff at Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch; they never tire of loving; they continue in the teaching of the Apostles in a very tough part of our great nation and they never give up! Check them out at http://www.timothyhillranch.org. You will be glad you did and you will be proud of the work they do for our Lord!

    1. Paul, thanks for posting the information on Timothy Hill’s Childrens Ranch. We have known and loved Jerry and Fern Hill, and family, for a number of years. It will be wonderful to check out their website. Thanks for what you do to help them.

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