BELÉM DO PARÁ, Brazil (BNC) — Think of a single-moment Vacation Bible School. The small congregation at the mouth of the Amazon River engaged its young people to offer a moment of learning for the children.
Evangelist Beijamin Crispim Júnior wrote that “it might seem to be a simple activity for children. But here in Pará state, the reality of our congregation is that the brethren are still in a process of learning to take initiative and to participate, learning about working together and developing ministries.”
He said that the young people, “a necessary manpower for such a service, must also devote themselves to work in order to earn money and help the family, study, as well as exert themselves mightily to give a good witness in their homes, full of people who do not profess the same faith in Jesus.”
“For these reasons, we can see a great victory! We saw brethren being pioneers, preparing a special and fun day, teaching the Word to children in the congregation. We discovered creative people with crafts, actors for theater, story-tellers with puppets, organizers, attentive receptionists, a team to clean and provide ready service, make-up artists and set designers — great talents that rejoiced in the serving, from preparation to conclusion of the Fun Bible School. All this done in a climate of fraternal friendship,” he wrote in an email May 24.
“We love this work and need an investment in prayers and intercessions for each brother and sister who is here. We continue here, knowing that the Lord ‘is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think’ Eph 3.20,” Beijamin said.
He also said that they “celebrate each small and simple event, in a small congregation of humble people, in a simple place in the Amazon region, but not forgotten by the Savior. Being now reached by redeeming grace, we ardently desire to be strong in the heavenly citizenship, waiting for the crown of Life, the promise of a future at the Father’s side.”
Beijamin and his family are supported in part by the Mt. Juliet, Tenn., congregation.
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three married children and six grandchildren. He sometimes writes “7 Points.” http://randal.us