First Baptist Orlando- Brazilian Ministry – today was a great day!

1<> The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

After many months in a long journey where we wondered many times,  prayed, and waited if this day would ever come. God has mysterious ways, his own time and the wisdom to show it to us everyday like a patient father.

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The Brazilian Ministry at First Baptist was under reconstruction for months, leaders and faithful followers stayed put like soldiers, guarding the temple, waiting for the day the Pastor will come to take his sheep. But God that knew exactly what we needed during this time gave us Josh, that held everyone’s hand dear to his heart and we stayed, we followed him, because we knew it was the right thing to do, and when you believe in God you wait and you go on. I for many times wandered but went back again, and again. If you believe singing is good for the soul, you are right because we sing,  and sing for Sundays to come and the singing started getting stronger, more people came, more children, babies arrived and we moved on. Old friends came back, new friends arrived, and we sheltered many on rainy days. We grew stronger, on the Lord, in our hearts, because no matter what we learned to trust each other . Healing as you see is not a day process but  whatever time is needed to see things clear, to be comfortable with the changes and move on without looking back, because from now on past is past and the future the Lord is laying in our path. We have a Pastor, Pastor Nassif, his wife Lucia and we are opening the gates to a new beginning, with a beautiful future, like he said it is good to start well, but also to end well, and when it is time to go, finish the same way I started.

The ceremony today was different, Pastor David Uth opened the service, and it followed with music, the kids chorus, the Brazilian Ministry Quire and the word from Josh. Many pastors from the community were present and prayed with us. We were happy, the presence of God was noticed and gave us all a feeling of accomplishment and the heart filled with faith.

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