Missions - Brazil 2009
Below is a testimonial of how God touches hearts and uses a common thread (such as music) to bring His children together to reach the lost "in the uttermost parts of the world". Please read:
"The trip to Curitiba was an enlightening experience It was comforting the way the people exposed us to their culture. I found the Brazilians to be very warm and receptive to our opportunity to unite with them.
One memorable experience was the similarity of their praise and worship service to my church in Dallas. The Brazilians presented their love for Jesus Christ with their attendance and their emotional display of worship. They made sure that we were included in their worship service by providing equipment to tune in to the translation of the spoken word and presenting translations on the video screen during the vocal ministry.
I was also impressed with the number of people who responded to the altar call at all of the church services.
In addition to our experience with their musicians during our practices and performances, I found that as Christians we have more things in common than our differences."
We spent our first few days of the trip at Primeira Igreja Batista de Curitiba. I’ll call it First Baptist of Curitiba. Their website is http://www.pibcuritiba.org.br/site08/. You should check it out. PIB is a very large church in downtown Curitiba. It is around 100 years old.
We were there during the Louv’acao conference. Louv’acao is a global worship conference hosted each year in Brazil. It alternates each year between Curitba and Sao Paulo. There were around 1500 participants in the conference from around the world. Each night we were in worship at PIB, there were probably three to four thousand people in attendance.
During the days of the conference, the members of our team spent time in rehearsal with Camp Kirkland. The twenty or so of us made up the core of the Louv’acao invitational orchestra. About eighty Brazilians joined us to bring our total to around one-hundred. We had two rehearsals per day. In addition, we taught master classes on our individual instruments. Each night, we would participate in the PIB/Louv’acao worship services.
The thing that touched me most was the way the Brazilian musicians included, befriended, and loved us. Some of us were asked to play with the PIB orchestra every time they played. They also played with us at every opportunity. It was really an amazing worship experience. We sang together – they in Portuguese and us in English. When they were unfamiliar songs to us, we just joined them in Portuguese. It was an amazing sharing of Christ’s love for us, in spite of the fact that we could not communicate with each other verbally.
After the conclusion of the conference, we played and shared the gospel in a Brazilian elementary, a military school for lower income students, and a Christian school, usually performing twice per day. At night we would conduct worship services in local Curitiba churches.
What we really did was connect with other Christians. We encouraged and taught them. We led them in worship. But they did the same for us. They LOVED us. They cared for us. It always strikes me how much more I receive from a mission trip. I almost feel like I get more than I give.
I notice as I type this, it sounds cold and unemotional. There is no way for me to communicate with you verbally what we experienced. The only way you can know is to go yourself. There will be upcoming opportunities for you to participate in mission trips. Make sure you take part.
Dallas Praise Group