My father was born on October 28, 1893, my mother on February 4, 1900, both were born in the city of Jacareí, in a region in the interior of the State of São Paulo. At that time the official religion of Brazil was Catholicism, in fact since its discovery in 1500 by the navigators of the King of Portugal, so the whole family of my parents, my grandparents, my ancestors, were traditionally Catholics.
In 1906 Missionary Anne Andrews arrived in São Paulo and then moved to the city of Jacareí where were born my parents, by the way, it was the first city to receive the Gospel through Missionary Anne Andrews and her husband Dr. Graham who, in October 1906, responded to the appeal made to believers in Toronto, Canada, to evangelize Brazil. At the time, there was no evangelical work in the city of Jacareí where my parents were born, and the Roman Catholic Church sovereignly dominated the people, fiercely opposing evangelicals. But the Missionary Anne Andrews began distributing literatures and gospels, visiting the sick and working as a midwife. She made herself known to some, sowing the seed of the Gospel into the minds and hearts of all she knew.
It was at this time that my parents came to know the Gospel of JESUS through Missionary Anne Andrews (both still single-my parents were married in 1928. I was born on December 19, 1936).
In 1911, there was a merger of the Regions Beyond Missionary Union, and the South American Evangelical Mission, and was born the South American Evangelization Union, and in 1913, the Help for Brazil Mission which had been founded by the widow of the first missionary with a project permanent in Brazil, Dr. Robert R. Kalley, joined the new Mission, which played a prominent role in evangelization, absorbing active workers and sending many others, such as: Archibald and Bonina Tipple, James and Daisy Fanstone, Josias and Rettie Wilding, Arthur W. Archibald and Mildred Anna, Oliver and Dorothy Thomson, W. S. Forsyth, Tom and Rénne Macintyre, Henry and Betty Bacon, John and Ann Barnett, among others.
All of them now await the resurrection and the reward for the work they have done for the enhancement of the kingdom of God. Isn't it wonderful?
Revelation 11:v.15 to 18
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms OF THIS WORLD are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be Judged, and that thou should give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.