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Overview

Some twenty years ago, the Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church of Hamilton began its work in Maceió, Brazil. When it began that work with Rev. Kroeze, and later with Rev. de Graaf, it could not imagine how richly the Lord would bless this work. The Lord provided faithful servants to plant the seed, to water it, and to tend the crop. He provided people to oversee and guide the work, and He also provided faithful churches to support the work in prayer and deed. And now, according to His good pleasure, during the past year the churches have been able to rejoice in the institution of the Reformed Church of Brazil in Maceió and the ordination of qualified, faithful men to serve as office bearers.

The Lord has begun to reap His harvest in Maceió, but we know that this does not mean we can cease working in the fields. The Lord continues to open hearts across Brazil as the Gospel continues to be preached faithfully throughout the country. Now, as sending and supporting churches, with the blessing of our faithful Father, we continue to work in the field that He has prepared for us.

The Great Commission

We find the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18 – 20, where we read:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

From this Great Commission, we discern two distinct aspects of the work that the church has been called to do: baptize and teach. We can visualize those two aspects in this way:

great commission

Although a “daughter” church has been instituted in Maceió, it is clear that the Great Commission continues to direct us to send out and support missionaries who will spread the gospel message, baptizing and teaching those whom the Lord wills.

However, it is also clear that the institution of the church in Maceió presents the opportunity to reflect on the nature of the work that we will undertake next. This is a logical juncture to consider the needs and desires of the churches in Brazil, the resources God has given us, and the constraints within which we operate.