The Brazil São Paulo Action Team explains how they’ve been instrumental in opening up a local church to the community – and how God has been faithful.
At the start of the year, we came up with a plan to open the local church building once a week to whoever wanted to come in.
We would have some football, a film, some coffee and lots of people from the church to simply chat to whoever came.
Pastor Dener gave us the go ahead and a date in February for the first ‘open church’.
We left a piece of paper outside for people to sign if they wanted to help – and by the next day it was completely full. God is faithful!
We needed to clear the wasteland outside the church.
Dave and Matt tidied it up and got rid of the rubbish – but then were told that they couldn’t get to work because someone had already been paid to do that.
Major frustration ensued.We printed flyers all the same, saying that football would be happening, and prayed, prayed, prayed a lot.
The day before Open Church, the guy still hadn’t come to clear the land.
We prayed. And worried.
Saturday morning and still no one.
Then, at 9.00am, two guys arrived. It took until 5.00pm for the whole thing to be finished and turned into a football pitch… but it happened!
God is unbelievably faithful!
Jen and Shelley went round the favela, handing out flyers to anyone and everyone. Some people seemed interested, some didn’t. We had no idea how many people would turn up.
6.00pm arrived and the project began; around 20 people from the church were there to help out. And then 45 boys from the favela arrived, ageing from seven to 17. God is faithful – we could hardly believe it!
Just the day before we didn’t even know if the area would be cleared and yet there were 45 young lads – many of whom were reluctant to even take a flyer – standing on church ground, playing football!
A couple of homeless people came into the church to get some coffee and watch a bit of a film, as did a few families.
God was in complete control of everything. It’s his project, his people and his church that is being built through this. He is in charge; we are merely his hands and feet.
This project is continuing every Saturday evening, and will hopefully do so after we’ve left as well.
(Ephesians 3: 20-21)