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Brazilian Businesswomen Meet the Master Painter

By Anonymous

Thirty women came to their regularly scheduled business meeting and heard the gospel through a color seminar presented by Jo Kiel, an Alliance missionary to Brazil. Over the years, the seminars have introduced hundreds of high-society women to Jesus by demonstrating the use of color to enhance outer beauty. At the conclusion of each seminar, Kiel shares about the inner beauty that comes from a relationship with Christ.

Marie,* the interior decorator who hosted the event, had accepted Christ after being invited to the beauty seminar by mistake several months ago. She received the e-mail invitation because her name was identical to that of another decorator, who was friends with the woman who had organized the evangelistic outreach. Her husband came across an e-mail address on a decorator’s brochure for someone of the same name. Thinking he had found his wife’s friend, they e-mailed the woman an invitation, and she accepted.

“On the day of the seminar, the ‘wrong’ Marie made two right decisions,” said Ruth Davis, a C&MA missionary who ministers with Kiel. “She indicated on her response card that she had prayed to receive Christ and that she would like to participate in a Bible study.” Since then, Marie has attended Bible studies and has invited her friends, as well as hosting the color seminar for her business women’s group.

During Kiel’s recent trip to São Paulo, an international group gathered to hear the color seminar. Women from Argentina, Bolivia, Columbia, Venezuela, Peru, Guatemala, Germany, and the Netherlands attended. Two women from Bolivia want to begin a Bible study in their homes, and another from Venezuela accepted the Lord. “God opened the doors in this community where Mike and Ruth Davis have been praying that a Bible study would open up,” said Kiel. “The Alliance family prayed, and God moved. Pray for the Davises as they follow up and for wisdom to know what God wants in that area of the city.”

At another color seminar, 11 women and 9 babies were present. God moved at the conclusion of the seminar as the question was asked, “How can you be a mother to this precious child without the help of the Lord, who can make you beautiful inside and out?” Several indicated that they had made decisions for Christ that day. “Was all this by chance?” asked Kiel. “No, God answers prayers. Thanks for praying.”

*name changed

—alife Staff

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