(Brazil CNSAM). On March 26th 2015, after struggling with her failing health, Mariana Pereira, passed away.
”A godly woman was among us, her testimony and legacy will live on in our hearts and minds”. This was said of Mariana’s life at her burial.
Mariana Pereira, a young woman who recently turned 34, was born on March 13 in the city of Campinas, Brazil and came to know of the Gospel at 19. Immediately after hearing of and accepting the love of God she put herself at His service and was involved at the local, district and national level in the Church of the Nazarene. She was the district NYI president; national secretary for NYI; local minister in the Sousa Church of the Nazarene and a volunteer at the Global NYI office.
Mariana was secularly as well as theologically trained. She was a theology graduate from the Methodist University in Sao Paolo as well as the Nazarene Theological Seminary of Campinas and graduated in foreign marketing administration.
This young lady lived honoring God, sharing His love and serving Him with excellence in every place she was at. About two years ago she received the Timothy Award* in recognition of her ministry with NYI in Brazil.
Her favorite Bible verse was Psalm 136:1; “Let us give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His love endures forever.” Mariana lived with this security and that is why at her burial there were only words of thankfulness and recognition of a life used for God to bless every person she knew.
Source: Edson Moura.
Editing Susana Cabral.
Translation: Steve Brown.
* The Timothy Award is given by the Global NYI Council and seeks to recognize noteworthy leadership and service to the youth through the local, district, regional or general NYI. For more information: http://nazarene.org/ministries/nyi/resources/timothyaward/faqenglish/display.html