On Thursday we worked with 2 churches (Capela Calvario and Primeira Igreja Batista Sao Vicente) in 2 state schools in Sao Vicente. First, all of us went to lunch with Pr. Celso and his wife and several members of Capela Calvario. We went to a typical Brazilian style buffet lunch restaurant, and we had great food and a great time. Then we all went to the school EE Armando Victorio Bei and spoke in 17 classes in the afternoon period. It went really great, and 343 students and 4 teachers accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him. Afterwards many students came up to the Americans and wanted to talk to them, so we stayed awhile.
Later at night we split up into 2 groups and some of us returned to EE Armando Victorio Bei and spoke in 17 more night classes for high school students. Our other group worked with Primeira Igreja Batista Sao Vicente in the school EE Enio Vilas Boas, and we spoke in 4 night classes for high school students. Once again many students wanted to meet the Americans and talk, so we stayed quite awhile afterwards. At EE Enio Vilas Boas we had 56 students and 1 teacher accept Christ and commit their lives to Him, and at EE Armando we had 347 students and 9 teachers.
At each school the leaders really loved the project, especially because we had 6 more Americans with us, and each recommended us to other schools in the area. EE Armando asked us if we could come back once a month to continue to help, and Nancy and I are not able to do more because we speak in many other schools and have many other projects, but we are going to try to get the church to start doing something with them as part of the important follow up work.
All in all it was a great day. We are all very tired because it has been a long and busy week, but it is hard to describe the joy that we all feel as a result of the things we have seen God do in the hearts and lives of so many people. Nancy and I personally have loved the time of fellowship, fun, and laughs that we have had this week with the folks from 2nd Baptist Church Cedartown GA, and we are looking forward to having them come back next year. We have 1 more day of activities on Friday, and then they will be leaving for home on Saturday morning.