Thursday, January 26, 2012

Brazilian Baptist Convention - "Christland"

As I attended the Brazilian Baptist Convention this week, one of the big highlights was hearing about the drug treatment centers in "Crackland" which are rapidly becoming a reference as "Christland." To hear the stories about men being reunited at the convention with their mothers after years as prodigals was incredible, as was the chance to see a former transvestite stand up with his girlfriend and share his dream of becoming a missionary. Two immigrants from Africa who ended up as drug addicts on the streets of São Paulo got saved and delivered and are currently being trained to return to Africa as missionaries. It was a joy to see them leading their fellow recovering brothers and sisters in dancing and singing to the Lord. The above picture is of the choir from Christland.

I sincerely hope that I will never forget the sound of 200 former crack addicts singing at the top of their lungs "I am free, I am free. Only through the blood of Jesus I am free!" It was musically one of the worst sounding songs I have ever heard, but it was one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. It sent chills through your spine, and the sound of it is still ringing in my ears days later. The picture quality on the video is poor - but listen to the voices!

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