A week before the GLS in Brasilia, Brazil, the local team at the host church decided to do something unique with their GLS rehearsal. They sent invitations to a group of 80 men from the community who are a part of a local drug and alcohol recovery program, inviting them to attend the rehearsal at no charge.
These men were engaged during the entire rehearsal, and the GLS challenged their faith. In this video, members of the recovery program share the impact the GLS had on their lives. Since it is in Portuguese, our team in Brazil pulled out the highlights from various points of the video:
- At minute 3:30—One man shared how he was a drug addict in Sao Paulo, but when he was introduced to the recovering program, he accepted Christ as his savior. He went through the program and through the process understood his calling to help others like him. He was challenged to start this same ministry in Brasilia, which is now four years old. He’s part of the team leading this ministry that is blessing others because he was blessed. The GLS inspired him in his ministry.
- At minute 4:42—One man stated how he learned he can be a better leader.
- At minute 4:48—One man shared that the event added value in his life that he never had before.
- At Minute 4:58—One man shared that God gave him hope to bless the lives of others.
The local news got wind of this rehearsal, and how the church decided to give back to the community in a unique way. The attention this church received resulted in floods of phone calls, and allowed people to see the church in a positive light.
We’ve heard it said over and over from our Summit stage, “The Church is the hope of the world, when it’s working right!” And we’re excited to see these kinds of hope-of-the-world churches strengthened around the world.