Bible class in public schools in Brazil…

…is one encouraging part of the ministry of Gilberto (“Giba”) & Helen Filsinger.  In one report, over 200 children are regularly present at one school, over 250 students attend in another school,  and 100 fourth graders made professions of salvation.

Giba also pastors a church and teaches in the Bible Institute.

(Photo of Filsingers’ Bible class at a public school.)

Paraisopolis is the slum area of Sao Paulo, Brazil…

with a population of about 100,000.  This is the area where Itamar Santos is ministering with a church.  The ministry includes teaching life skills to help residents so that they will be able to escape the slum.  Itamar (left) is pictured here with Anderson, one of the young men that he has been discipling.

“We were participating in the dedication of a tiny new church in a village…

…where we have done outreach for several years. We had just started the Jesus Film for Children when an angry person came with a large piece of wood, hit the metal roof of the church, and began screaming loudly. All of us in the church jumped at the loud bang.

“Outside a crowd began to gather. We all started praying that there wouldn’t be a riot. Several people told me not to go out, but I went out to meet the person and see if I could help calm him down. He shouted some more, but eventually left without hurting anyone.

“The next day he came back and apologized to the Christians! Since then, the size of the church has more than doubled and this week there were 17!”

Incident reported by FIM missionaries in Asia.