With 2014 behind us, SETI has many accomplishments to be thankful for. Here are just a few from the past six months.
by Giancarlo de Miranda
We held our third missionary training course from August 4 to November 22. One of the students who was richly blessed is Clarice Pinheiro. Clarice is 49 years old and used to suffer from many health problems such as depression, arthritis, insomnia, pain all over her body, etc. She desired to strengthen her faith and improve her talents for the Lord’s work. She also hoped that a healthy lifestyle would bring her emotional stability.
When our team saw her needs, we created a special routine to help her obtain physical, mental, and spiritual healing. She attended the Bible classes each morning along with the other students, but was placed on a special diet to help with her pain. She began eating more raw foods and drinking a variety of fruit and vegetable juices. After lunch, Clarice would take a walk, enjoy a sunbath, and do light gardening for one or two hours. The results were incredible! Her body responded quickly to the treatments. Her pain stopped, she began sleeping better at night, and her physical stamina increased.
At the beginning of the course Clarice had a very difficult time concentrating. As she began her treatments and studied for her classes, her ability to concentrate and retain information improved greatly. God’s Word also brought her emotional comfort and stability. “I didn’t think that I would be able to stay here for more than a week,” she said. “For many years I have not been able to accomplish much in my life or make decisions, because of my emotional instability. I praise God for restoring my emotional health.”
Another special project we had this year was evangelizing the village of Melgaço, 4 km from here, where there is no Seventh-day Adventist church. Staff and students visited all the homes, distributing magazines on health and the Bible. A “center of influence” was opened downtown, offering musical classes and massage. “Many people came to this center—people with whom we otherwise would not have had contact,” said Marcio, one of our students. This year (2015), our goal is to intensify our evangelism in Melgaço through health talks at different public venues and Bible work. Please pray for this missionary effort.
SETI has continued to organize special events for Seventh-day Adventists with the purpose of strengthening the faith of God’s people. Two of our recent speakers were Dr. Colin Standish and Diego Silva.
Our plans for 2015 are to improve our facilities to be able to receive more students by building a dorm, a cafeteria, and a kitchen. We are counting on your generous gifts to help SETI maintain its influence in Brazil. Thank you, and may God bless you.