Friday was the final day of the mission trip by 2nd Baptist Church Cedartown GA, and today the team is flying back to the US. We had a fantastic week of loving on people here and sharing the Good News of Jesus, and God did a great work in many hearts and lives. We first met at Primeira Igreja Batista Sao Vicente (First Baptist Church of Sao Vicente) and the team and Nancy and I had lunch with Pasotr Gilberto at a nearby restaurant. Then we went back to the church and we spoke in the Colegio Batista school next to the church, which is a private school run by the church. Even though it is run by the church, the majority of the students and their families do not attend a church. Joseph Mauldin shared the message to the students who are in the 1st through 5th grades, and their teachers, and a member of the church, Atila, was his interpreter. 57 of the students and 3 teachers accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him. Afterwards I asked them some questions about English, and we always encourage students in schools to learn English if they can, because it will help them to have more good opportunities later in their life.
After speaking at Colegio Batista we went up to Sao Paulo, and the team stayed at a hotel near the airport there on Friday night, because they were leaving early on Saturday morning and the airport is a 2 hour drive from Santos. Our friend Diego from Primeira Igreja Batista Sao Vicente helped out by driving 3 of the folks from GA in his car, and we took the rest in ours. On the way to the hotel we stopped at a really nice museum in the Ipiranga section of Sao Paulo called Museu Ipiranga, which was built in the late 1800's to commemorate the independence of Brazil. It is a beautiful palace that is filled with many items from the 1800's, and it is surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains.
God did a great work during the 8 days we were all together, and we praise Him for allowing us the opportunity and privilege to join Him in what He is doing here. We spoke in 4 public schools and 1 private school during the week, and visited & spoke in 2 churches, visited various homes to share Jesus in Sao Vicente, and we also had "divine appointments" during the week to share Christ with numerous other people person-to-person. We praise God that 2295 people accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him, including 53 teachers, a vice principal, and various adults that study at night in the schools.