This is what Ron has to say about discipleship in Brazil:
I have been meeting with Valdomiro on a weekly basis for one hour for most of the past year. This relationship is directly inspired by Matthew 28:19-20, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..."
Valdomiro does not speak English. We recently began reading Alister McGrath's Mere Apologetics. In Portuguese the title is Apologetica pura & simples. Simply put by McGrath, "Apologetics is about persuading people there is a door to another world - a door that perhaps they never realized existed. Evangelism is about helping people to open that door and enter in to the world that lies beyond."
When Valdomiro and I meet for discipleship we spend time discussing the implications of what we are reading for God's purpose for our lives through the lens of Scripture. We also spend time discussing how our week is going and the thanksgivings, challenges and opportunities for growth into the likeness of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, and Friend. We also catch up on the thanksgivings, challenges, and opportunities Valdomiro is experiencing in his discipleship of other men in our parish.
This is my thanksgiving for discipleship in Brazil; I consider myself to be a novice with the Portuguese language and Valdomiro does not speak English. Our conversation in Portuguese at times can be both intense and full of emotion, and sometimes Valdomiro needs to restate his thought for me using simpler words. Valdomiro is also patient with me and calmly corrects my numerous grammatical and pronunciation errors especially when I rush my delivery and, for example, I'm talking in the future tense when I should be talking in the past tense.
A few weeks ago Valdomiro asked me if we could increase our discipleship time from one hour per week to two hours per week due to the intensity of the content in Alister McGrath's book so we do not miss out on the other aspects of our time together. Of course I said yes and praising the Lord, I almost fell off my chair!
I took this as a testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of two men who just a short time ago could not understand a word the other was saying. Now we are both Making Disciples Who Make Disciples for the Glory of God's purposes for His Creation.
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