I’ve been serving and traveling with Global Advance for five years now, and I’m rarely short on words. There’s always SO MUCH to share when it comes to how God is using this incredible organization to empower and mobilize frontline leaders to advance the gospel around the world.
But I’m just back from Brazil, and what God is doing there has left me nearly speechless.
It was my fourth time to return to Porto Alegre. Several years ago Global Advance locked arms with a small team and one church there, and we began to listen to their stories. Stories of disunity. South Brazil had long been known as the “pastor’s graveyard”. The Church and her people… divided. Though South Brazil is often perceived as developed and gospel-reached, still barely over 10% of the population claims evangelical Christianity. Corruption, economic depression, distrust, and inequality have been words used to describe this beautiful South American nation - the 5th largest landmass country in the world.
For the last six years, He’s used a team of passionate local leaders and a progression of Global Advance conferences to unite, empower, and resource leaders (you can learn more here, here, here, and here). As I scroll through pictures of our Esther Initiative conference in Brazil earlier this month, tears again fill my eyes. In person and through the photographer’s lens, I have witnessed a different Brazil.
Instead of one church, I saw eighty-eight churches come together in one place. Eighty-eight.
Instead of divided, I witnessed them stand together in purpose and resolve to fulfill the Great Commission where God has placed them.
Instead of distrust and inequality, I saw revival.
Instead of corruption and depression, I saw His Kingdom come.
A Brazilian pastor’s wife in her seventies said she’s waited her entire lifetime to see this kind of unity, and now it’s happening right before her very eyes. How incredible that we get to play a strategic part in lifting their arms in this historic season.
“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” - 1 John 4:12
You’ve heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I say these pictures are a glimpse of God’s Kingdom coming to earth; the Word speaking loud and clear and making Himself known like never before in this place. A city is now seeing God more clearly because of their love for one another, and that love is changing everything.
What started with a handful of leaders from one church has multiplied into a kingdom movement, and we’re just getting started. As a junior partner, Global Advance is committed to empowering more and more leaders in Brazil for the fulfilling of the Great Commission. Thank you for your partnership that is helping change lives before our very eyes… one leader, one city, one nation at a time.