Friday, January 27, 2012

Brazilian Baptist Convention

I had the privilege this past week of attending the Brazilian Baptist Convention meeting in Foz de Iguaçu. More than 2,200 Baptists from all over Brazil gathered to worship, discuss, and report on what God is doing all over this vast country.

There are currently 1.5 million members of Brazilian Baptist churches and more than 2 million people regularly attending worship. As far as churches go, there are 7,900 constituted churches and more than 12,800 buildings where Baptists meet (churches and or church plants).

It was tremendously encouraging to hear about the incredible things that God is doing in and through Brazilian Baptists. Drug addicts are finding freedom and salvation (see previous post), missionaries are being sent out to places where missionaries from other countries cannot go, home and foreign mission agencies are working together (even presenting their reports on stage together in t-shirts representing each other's agencies!), volunteers are going all over Brazil to share their faith (see posts on the TRANS), and churches are being started and strengthened all over this vast nation.

Much has been accomplished in the last 100+ years, and it was a tremendous privilege to get to see the "big picture" view of Baptist work - so often, I am caught up in the details of our local work. However, there is much work left to be done. Brazil is big, and the needs are still huge. Please join me in praising God for what He has done in Brazil, and ask Him to raise up workers for the Harvest and pour out His Spirit to bring light to the dark places of Brazil and to use Brazilians to take the light to a darkened world.

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