(CNSAM Brazil) From July 15-16, 2016 in the region of San Raimundo Nonato, Piaui, Brazil a missionary trip with seven volunteers from the Paulista South East and Londrina Districts took place. The project “Manifestar – Sertão 2016” led by pastor and missionary Felipe Fulanetto, together with the local Church of the Nazarene and the Nazarene Welfare Association; affiliate Piaui, represented by pastor and president, Mardonio Almeida.
Given that this geographical region of Brazil is semiarid and is well known for its difficulty to obtain water, the missionary trip had a purpose of opening an artesian well in the Quilombola “Lagoa dos Prazeres” community and to evangelize in some remote villages. There were also toys, bibles, shoes, evangelistic dolls, bracelets, wordless books, candies, etc. distributed. In total nine communities and different villages were visited, among which were: Cachoeira São Raimundo Nonato (Barrio Cipó, Portelinha y Cohab Junco), Lagoa dos Prazeres (Quilombo), Lagoa de Cima, Fartura, Lagoa do Travessão.
Also present was the Rev. Marco Antonio de Almeida, senior pastor of the Ebenezer Church of the Nazarene in Campinas, who brought words of blessing and challenge for the local church during the time of evangelism in the villages. We were able to witness the hunger and thirst for the Word of God in the region. Many made the decision to follow Jesus and gave themselves actively to the ministry.
The following is Pastor Felipe Fulanetto’s testimony about the opening of the well:
“Today was one of the most important days of my life and ministry. After yesterday, that we drilled 80 meters to open the artesian well in the Quilombola community and no water came out. It was a mixture of sadness and gratefulness to God. Sad to see an anxious people and not get water; grateful for the goodness and faithfulness of God even in adversity. When we made the decision not to continue I called everyone together and read Habakkuk 3:17-19 which shows joy even in the midst of problems. However, as the psalmist says: ‘Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy’ (126:5).
Today we made the difficult decision to try again, even knowing how much it would cost. After more than 5 hours of drilling 60 meters without water, 4 dry crevices, lots of dust and sand, our God proved faithful: water gushed in abundance. To see the faces of each person happy and shouting with joy was invaluable. I myself started to celebrate, crying and screaming and jumping in the water, covered with mud.
There was a 90% possibility that the water would be brackish (containing salt), but as our Lord doesn’t do anything half way, the water is drinkable and excellent! The people that were there took the water still muddy and carried to the elders in their homes to drink.”
This testimony leaves a lesson for all of us: faith and courage. When we believe and persevere in the Lord everything is possible. We appreciate the prayers and contributions to this nice project.
Source: Felipe Fulanetto
Translation: Cindy Downey