Hello and welcome to my favorite part on this Website! Here you'll find out a little more about me as I keep you up-to-date on my progress, my speaking engagements and any new projects I might be tackling. It's my way of staying in touch with you, so do stop by regularly. I'll be frequently updating this area with my reflections, happenings, personal photos and other additions. Enjoy your visit!!
Greetings to you from Sao Paulo! Sorry I haven't posted but we've been busy since the moment we arrived. Right now, I am sitting here in the office of our host church, First Baptist Church of Itaim Paulista. This is an awesome church and we're getting spoiled. Can you believe they actually have a church van with a wheelchair lift?? They have a ministry for people with disabilities and the van has been such a blessing.
My time here so far has been great. Have you been praying?? This week I was invited to a non Christian school (as an inspiration for the kids). A few teachers stayed while I spoke and from the shock on everyone’s face when I began reading from the bible and doing my closing prayer I really thought the administration would be very happy to see me go. But that’s not what happened. Instead, they asked me to stay longer and speak to another class!
As we where leaving, the principal came to me and said, “Bernadette I have a big problem. The high school kids have told the middle school class all about you and now they're crying because we didn't allow them to hear you. They're now threatening to tell their parents! Do you have any free time that you could come back for this group?” I went back the next morning. A total of 38 came to Christ in this school!!
We are still facing challenges especially in the area of translators but so far we haven't had to cancel any engagements. On Wednesday night we did a triple translation! From me in English to Tony, from Tony in Spanish to Creuza (the pastor’s wife), and from Creuza to the congregation in Portuguese! Wow, that was wild! Amazingly enough, everybody loved it.
Well I better give back the computer. Please continue to pray for us. Pray especially for Sunday that everything will work out with the translating for both the morning and evening service. I know that God is truly able to above all that we ask or think.
Much love to you from me, Jeff, Tony and our new friends at First Baptist of Itaim Paulista. Thank you for your love, support and prayers.
The challenges continue but God is really using us. Imagine this: On Sunday, out of nowhere, police started towing cars away outside the church where I was speaking. This sent members scrambling to save their cars. Can you believe it? One by one, people kept leaving and coming back as I was giving my testimony, over and over. It was hard for me and my interpreter to concentrate but we kept going. In the end, 3 made decisions for Christ! The pastor said that this had never happened before – cars have never been towed there and as much as 3 have never been saved on a single Sunday since the church started two years ago. WOW!
Yesterday, we had to cancel 2 presentations because of a gun fight between police or rival gangs in the neighborhood. The timing was just unbelievable. I had just come from speaking to 10 men at a drug rehab where 6 gave their lives to Jesus.
Your prayers are moving mountains! Despite the diversions, a total of 47 people have accepted Jesus since we have been here.
But our time in Rio has come to and end and we are moving on to Sao Paulo were we will be working for a week. Please pray for us. Sao Paulo is a much bigger city, and much more dangerous. I have never worked in a city more dangerous than this one so I can’t even imagine it. There are many “Favelas” (slums) here in Rio which are run by drug lords and gang leaders. Even driving on the expressway by the Favelas can be dangerous because gangs are known to attack and rob cars that are stuck in traffic. Our driver, in one particular neighborhood, drives very fast and doesn’t even stop for red lights! We went through this area every day.
As you can see, there is a great need for us to come back to Rio de Janeiro. The soil is hard here. Missionaries and pastors here need our prayers and they also need our help to evangelize. Rio has more than 12 million inhabitants and less than 10% are Christian. That's almost 11 million people who don’t know Jesus. This is why I am here. How awesome that we were able to add 47 more! Let’s pray that they’ll go on to tell others.
Well, I better get going. Next time you hear from me will be in Sao Paulo. Pray for us as we go – we need it.
My team and I need your prayers like never be!fore. The enemy certainly knows I'm here and we are under attack. BIG TIME! Without going into much detail let me just say that everything that could go wrong went wrong yesterday, it was a nightmare. Not only that but I heard that 3 or 4 government ran schools canceled because they researched me and realized that my speech ultimately promotes God (and you know I won't compromise on that).
Any way, the good news is that 6 kids accepted Jesus yesterday at an inner city public school where things got so out of control that I had to yell at the kids myself and make a statement that anyone can leave if they want. No one left.
Well, I have to run now. Another crazy day ahead. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME!
Believe it or not, in less than 48 hours we're leaving town again! This time, our "Mission of Hope" will take us to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil! What a privilege to be a part of what God is doing in different parts of the world!
Please pray daily for our strength and stamina. So far it looks like I'll be speaking about 19 times between the 2 cities so me and my team will be constantly on the go.
As I go, pray for me that the Lord will use my testimony in a powerful way to reach many! Let's expect God to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or think!!
Blessings to each of you as we work together in the task of reaching our world for the Lord! Next time you hear from me will be in Rio de Janeiro. THANKS FOR SENDING ME!!
By the way, you can be among the first to see how my "Beanies for Bolivia" project turned out!
So The World May Know Him,
Bernadette Todd PS - There's still time to support me financially on this and upcoming mission ventures if you haven't already. Contact me for details on how you can join my support team!