We have seen God’s hand moving in extraordinary ways! In the month of June we had the privilege to travel to the northern region of Brazil to teach the School of Christ in the state of Amapá. The School was held at the Assembly of God Church in the city of Laranjal do Jari, which is located approximately 4 hours away from the capital city of Macapa. Pastor Lucifrances Tavares Barbosa has had a vision for many years to make the SOC available to as many ministers and local churches in his region as possible. We have been working closely with Pastor Lucifrances, not only with the teaching and training of the SOC, but also with the printing of the SOC books in Portuguese through the Gospel Publishing House of the Brazilian Assemblies of God.
Our first week in Amapa, we ministered at a three-day Missions Convention and held other mission services in the City of Macapa and the surrounding area. We also had the privilege of traveling down the Amazon River to participate in the inaugural services of two new congregations. We witnessed the great work that the Lord is doing through Pastor Lucifrances and ministerial staff of Amapa, in reaching many remote locations of the Amazon.
The last two weeks of our trip we taught the School of Christ in Laranjal do Jari, which is the third largest church in the state of Amapa. Pastor Jacob and his wife Noemi have been serving the Lord in ministry for 40 years, and they are totally sold out to God. We were greatly encouraged and blessed to witness two great examples of lives completely devoted to the Will of God. We were able to complete the first half of the School of Christ, and we are scheduled to return next year to complete the remaining lessons.
During this School, God moved in a great way through the lives of all 400 students that attended. They came with a great hunger and thirst to learn more about the Word of God. Some of the students testified at the end of the School saying, “I thought I was saved unit I came to the School of Christ.” Many received the baptism of the Holy Spirit for the first time, and others rededicated their lives to the Lord. The School of Christ teachings, anointed by the Holy Spirit, touched every life.
Brother Mário Alexandre testified, “I would like to express my gratitude to God for the SOC. I have been serving the Lord for close to twenty years. I was challenged by the lessons of Pastor Clendennen. I learned to be a better Christian than what I was. Not that I wasn’t saved, but as Pastor Brian said, ‘My life can be separated into two parts—before and after the SOC.’ I would like to testify that the SOC changed my life, and now I have a new vision of the Kingdom of God. I was renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit. To God be the glory!”
One sister testified saying, “ I had an idea of what it meant to be a Christian, but through the SOC God has given me a new vision regarding the Christian life.”
As we spoke with the brothers and sisters during the final days of the School of Christ, we heard many similar testimonies. God has begun His work to bring about the end-time revival which will usher in the Coming of Christ for the Church. It is a great privilege and honor to have been called for such a great work as this.
Thank you to all who support the School of Christ ministry through prayers and finances. We could not continue in this great field without YOU. May God’s blessings continue upon each of your lives!
Brian Larsen SOC Vice-President & Director