NEARLY 700 Salvationists from across Brazil gathered for a congress in São Paulo led by the Chief of the Staff (Commissioner William A. Roberts) and Commissioner Nancy L. Roberts (World Secretary for Women’s Ministries). The Chief called on the congress delegates to live as God's people, making a difference in the world.
Celebrating 91 years of The Salvation Army’s work in Brazil, soldiers, officers and friends gathered to worship and give thanks to God, pledging to continue to be One Army, with One Mission, proclaiming One Message. Salvationists from all parts of Brazil brought their traditions, costumes and many stories of God’s faithfulness saving souls, growing saints and serving suffering humanity.
Worship was enhanced by music from Regent Hall Band (Bandmaster Stephen Hanover) from London, United Kingdom. Their lively music, participation and choice of music that appealed to the Portuguese-speaking audience was much appreciated as were their separate concerts in various locations in São Paulo. The timbrel brigade - 100 strong - accompanied by the band was also enthusiastically received.
The congress included the commissioning of cadets from the Disciples of the Cross Session. At the end of this commissioning meeting, dozens of Salvationists answered the call to serve God as officers of The Salvation Army.
The Chief of the Staff told the congress that God’s people should live according to his will. The mercy seat proved once more to be too small for the number of people who moved forward in acts of commitment and rededication. God’s Holy Spirit moved, renewing the faith of those who, with tears, sought the Lord’s grace.
‘God spoke to me, changed my heart and my disposition,’ explained Ariovaldo, a soldier from Itaquá Corps in São Paulo.
The event’s theme chorus, ‘Only in God will We be Conquerors’, captivated the hearts and minds of worshippers, who demonstrated that the Salvationists of Brazil are willing to continue trusting in the provision and faithfulness of the Lord.
Report by Major Paulo Soares