Last night, eight teens and a couple of leaders concluded their ministry activities in Araras, Brazil, and boarded their plane back to the United States. The eleven days they stayed here was full of activities in churches, homes, street evangelism, interaction in three different schools, cultural exchanges, a party, and a few opportunities to do some shopping and sightseeing. It would be hard to describe everything that E-TEAM experienced. Here are some highlights.
The U.S. students experienced eye-opening events that will shape their way of thinking about themselves and the world around them. One mentioned having been impacted by seeing a lady kneeling in front of and idol and praying to it. Another, by the opportunities to talk to people on the street about the gospel and even help a homeless man with a deformed hand. All of them mentioned the warmth of the Brazilian people. In spite of the short amount of time they spent here, they created deep bonds with the Brazilian youth and the good-byes were very difficult.
Another highlight was how much the presence of E-TEAM helped the two churches that they worked with in their outreach. It created opportunities for the churches to connect to unchurched people. On their last Sunday in country, a lady they had met in one of the schools came to church for the first time. She said she was a Catholic that did not practice her faith and that she was very impacted by how well she was received at church (pray that this contact will give fruit). The unsaved couple who loaned their country home to house E-TEAM while they were in Araras also came to church. Only the Lord knows how many people were impacted.
We are very grateful to each one of the E-TEAM members and leaders. It was a good team.