(CNSAM Brazil) The Olympic Games are over, however dozens of its stories will be remembered in the years to come. Members of the Church of the Nazarene in Brazil shined as they carried the Olympic Torch.
The torch is an Olympic symbol of the unity among the nations and Silvia Lana had the honor of carrying it. With the assurance of God’s care and plan, the Administrative and Finance Assistant of the Southeast Paulista District will surely never forget July 20, 2016, as a date that marks history as the first Olympic Games taking place in South America through an exciting run carrying the flame whose final destination was the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Through its website, a Japanese auto manufacturing business launched a search for select stories and awarded their authors with the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch. This is exactly the way in which Silvia Lana decided to tell her story of success in a martial arts discipline that she began to practice at the age of 52 and within three years had graduated 5 times.
After receiving 80,000 stories and among 1,700 that were selected, there was Silvia’s incredible account. She is a privileged Nazarene who got to carry the torch in the 31st Olympic Games.
Also in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, Sandra Giannoni Ferreira was one of the people selected in Brazil to carry the Olympic torch.
Sandra, her husband, Luiz and their family are members of the Church of the Nazarene in Atibaia, Sao Pablo. Sandra gives her mother, Mrs. Maura, the credit for having encouraged during her adolescent years to become involved in the sport. Last year, Mrs. Maura, at 80 years of age, won gold and silver medals in a Regional Swimming Competition in the state of Sao Paulo.
Sandra and Luiz came to know Jesus, married, and their lives were transformed; they now are leaders in the Church of the Nazarene in Atibaia through a ministry which God has shown them as a very effective evangelism tool through this family.
Through its members, the Church of the Nazarene is demonstrating its true role in the Christian church, to influence society as a whole and also believes that sports are an effective evangelism tool as well as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Redactor: Fabio Justino
Translation: Jessica Rojas