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6-19-12 Brazilian Church Touches Lives Around the World
One Brazilian congregation in Maryland is changing lives the world over, including the island of New Zealand. And that’s without even stepping foot on a plane.
The Capital Brazilian Temple Church in Highland, Maryland is committed to reaching their Brazilian family members who are not able to attend a Portuguese-speaking congregation by streaming services online.
One such life that was changed by becoming a participant in the online church services was that of Luciana. At the age of five, her parents divorced. When her mother soon remarried, she abandoned her three daughters in the city while she went to live on a farm, only visiting her children two or three times per week.
Luciana’s childhood and adolescence years were challenging and she harbored a lot of anger toward her parents. At the age of 29 she had a fight with her mother. It would be 12 years before she would speak to either one of her parents again.
Luciana was then living in New Zealand. Her daughter, Bruna and son-in-law Emerson were working with Ministry Light of America in Maryland and Virginia when they started attending the Capital Brazilian Temple church. Hearing about the online services, they suggested to Luciana that she watch them. Through a series of messages of hope, the Holy Spirit touched her heart and she felt convicted to ask for forgiveness and forgive her parents.
"Today, I believe that all the suffering that my mother had in [her] childhood still hurts, but I think she can lie down relieved and with a lighter heart knowing that [she] forgave them," says Bruna.
Today there are more than 2000 people connected with the online church community at www.capitalbrazilian.org.
For Capital Brazilian Media Center director, Fritz Kolle, this ministry exists "in order to reach people in our hearts to the heart of Jesus."