Shortly after arriving in Brasília my car started acting up. When I took it to the repair shop, I made small talk with the owner, Nena. As soon as he discovered I was a pastor, he told me to talk to his assistant, Goaino, who he jokingly said, “needed a lot of help.”
“Don’t we all?” I replied.
As I spoke to Goiano, I saw he that was very open to receiving God’s Word. It took a few trips back to the mechanic before we could zero in on what was wrong with the car, which gave me time to zero in on how best I could present the Gospel in word and deed.
Besides visiting the shop, I also visited Goiano at his one-room apartment, sharing with him spiritual and personal counsel, and giving him a Bible. I discovered that he came to Brasilia to attend college and that he lives alone. He is wary of religiosity and very cautious about new acquaintances, but he has shown himself open to the Gospel message.
The owner, Nena, is also open to receiving the Word. He even told me we could hold a service right there in the shop if we wanted to. The LORD has brought Goiano and Nena into our lives and hearts. Pray that we will be faithful in keeping the trust the LORD has given us to bring them into the fold of God’s family.