September 3, 2014
Since entering Brazil in 1962, Alliance team members have established self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating national churches. The past 25 years have seen solid congregations established, a seminary built, and Brazilian workers sent and supported by the national church. In the following update, Len and Diane Warden reflect on 28 years of church planting in Brazil.
As we transition out of Brazil in November, we will leave behind not only strong national believers but also our son Jeremy. He will serve alongside Fernando, the senior pastor of a successful Alliance church plant in Lagoa Santa, a small bedroom community in the metropolitan city of Belo Horizonte.
Fernando believed that Jeremy and his wife, Berenice, who had previously served as a pastoral couple in São Paulo, would be a great fit for the church. While on a Missions Conference trip to the United States, Fernando approached them about the possibility of coming on staff in Lagoa Santa.
The church board decided to call Jeremy full time. Because we consider Fernando to be like an adopted son, it seemed only natural that our “boys” would get together.
Passing the Baton
As we step back from our ministry, Jeremy and Berenice have come alongside Fernando and his wife, Ester, to form an effective team. What greater joy could we as parents have than to see our “children” working together—especially in such an incredible endeavor, reaching this community and city for Christ? We are grateful that our love and passion for the people of Brazil will live on in their work.
Thank you for your faithful partnership with us in Brazil. Without your giving to the Great Commission Fund, we would not be able to see so much accomplished for the Kingdom!
—Len and Diane Warden, serving in Brazil
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