Graduation in Brazil is in December: another thing to celebrate! The Northeast Bible Seminary has seen unparalleled growth during the pandemic. Their online classes have provided hope when many other areas of training and serving were closed down. Since 1999, around 90% of those who have graduated from the seminary are still continuing to serve God in ministry: an incredible statistic!
Pictured above are two of the 2021 graduates: Lane and Misse. Misse grew up at the Community Church of Guadalajara, and was used by God to lead her friend, Lane, to the Lord. When they were both 16, they saw how important the Living Stones program was in their community, so when the leader left, they took over. After graduating high school, the girls had no doubt about what they wanted to do: they wanted to be missionaries, and began their training at the Northeast Bible Seminary. They have faithfully worked for the last four years, leading Living Stones in their community while studying at the seminary. We are so excited to see what God has done, and has planned for these amazing young ladies.
Valmir Alvis, married with children and a full-time job, lived about an hour and a half drive from Carpina, where the Northeast Bible Seminary (SBNE) is located. He felt called to study theology and become a pastor, so in 2012, before on-line classes were available, he drove to class three days a week after work. Everyone saw how dedicated and excited he was about learning.
Then his mother got very sick. She was in the hospital in Recife (another hour or two of driving) for special care for three months, and he was the only one in his family able to take care of her. After awhile of this ragged schedule, Valmir was at the end of his rope. His seminary professors, as well as the other students saw his needs and provided help, pooling money together for his mother’s medical costs.
Valmir says: “The Northeast Bible Seminary was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I was deeply impacted by it, because I see it as an instrument of God acting in my life. SBNE is a big family. My soul was shepherded by the seminary professors who helped me make some important decisions in my life and ministry. SBNE contributed a lot to my academic training and my spiritual life, and that is directly reflected in my personal life and character.”
Pastor Valmir graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Theology from SBNE in 2015, and was ordained in 2016. He is pastoring a church in the state of Piauí, and finished his Biblical Counselors Training Course in 2019. Please consider giving a scholarship to enable someone like Valmir to attend SBNE. You can give at WorldRenewal.org/give.