(Brazil CNSAM). From April 19-21, 2013 in Sesc Pousada Contagem-Betim (Minas Gerais, Brazil) a Regional SDMI Meeting was held that covered the theme: Seeking excellence in teaching the Word of God.
Various brothers and sisters from different localities in Brazil were in attendance. The different localites were: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais; Contagem, Minas Gerais; Montes Claros, Minas Gerais; Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais; Sabará, Minas Gerais; Ibirité, Minas Gerais; Igarapé, Minas Gerais; Valinhos, San Paulo; Campinas, San Paulo; Hortolândia, San Paulo; Vinhedo, San Paulo; Indaiatuba, San Paulo; Nilópolis, Rio de Janeiro; Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro; Rio das Ostras, Rio de Janeiro; Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro; Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro; Luziânia, Goias; Brasília, Federal District; and João Pessoa, Paraiba. There were also people in attendance from differen countries: the United States and Argentina. There were 200 brothers and sisters that participated who are directly involved with the Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries in their churches and districts.
The Word of God was ministered through lives that truly were used as instruments of the Holy Spirit of God. Dr. Jorge Barros (Kansas City USA), a servant of God, who with simplicity conveys the message of God with wisdom and authority, victory and influence to follow his example of faith, humility and love for the work of God. Dr. Patricia Picavea (SAM Regional SDMI Coordinator), woman of God, who boldly challenged every life to service in the Lord’s work and encouraged those present to continue on in this ministry. Rev. Aguiar Valvassoura (Director of the Brazil Sub-Region and Field Strategy Coordinator of the Brazil Central Field), servant of God, that with profound knowledge and discernment once again was guided by God to awaken each one of the participants to seek for excellence. Mrs Galdina Arrais (from Minas Gerais, Brazil), servant, who the Lord put as leader of this ministry who with her talent, disposition and intelligence had been used by God to make a difference in this city, state and country also shared.
In addition to the speakers, there were workshops on Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the theme; Life with Jesus is sweet! It was wonderful the way in which sisters Alessandra Matos, Renata Matos and team (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) shared their knowledge, abilities to teach how to prepare a VBS. The SDMI Organization and Administration workshop was taught by Dr. Patricia Picavea She met with the local and district SDMI leaders (Brazil Central Field) in a dynamic way to teach and update them allowing the construction of knowledge through new concepts, ideas and experiences. And the Discipleship workshop with Dr. Jorge Barros challenged again to fulfill with excellence our mission of making disciples in the image of Christ in all nations.
These were moments prepared by the Lord so that each person that had the opportunity to participate could be renewed in their faith and desire to seek the excellence and teaching of the Word of God.
Source: Rafaela Arrais. SDMI –Minas Gerais District and Brazil Central Field.
Translation: Cindy Downey.