My name is Elzira, and this is my testimony. I worked all my life until I was 76 years old. Divorced, I lived with my daughter. When I stopped working I went to live by myself. I became a depressed person. I cried a lot; I felt sorry for everything I had done wrong.
Then I met my new neighbors, Marli and Rodrigo. They began to insist that I go to church with them, but I didn't want to. I was lazy. I was addicted to soap operas and films, and I watched them constantly. They were my friends, or so I thought.
Marli and Rodrigo, however, kept insisting that I go with them to church. They never gave up on me.
I started going to church and at first I didn't like it. But at Marli's insistence (she is a wonderful person), I kept going.
I thought about accepting Jesus. Rodrigo and Marli said that I needed to ask for forgiveness with faith in my heart and that I would have an incredible transformation in my life.
I didn't believe them. I couldn't imagine that I could quit watching TV and all my films, all of which made me forget my lonely existence. What I really wanted to do was die and be done with my miserable life.
Then, one day I prayed to Jesus with faith in my heart, and He forgave me and I became a new person! I couldn't believe how I began to change. I didn't care about movies, TV, and other things that I discovered were not good for me. I now live in peace and am always happy! Jesus is wonderful! He had pity on me!
Photo: Elzira (center) attends the church pastored by missionaries Mike and Dawn Jewell in Tatuí, São Paulo, Brazil, where she is growing in her newfound faith.
After growing up in an abusive background, Karina discovered a Father who forgives and loves her.
The ministries of Terry and Jane Carruthers, Jim and Julie Leonard, and Heidi Van Dyke
By planting churches in the downtown and suburban areas, BMM missionaries are reaching people where they live and work.