I had the great honor of being part of the ministry team with Rick Bonfim Ministries in Brazil February 7-18, 2020.
Our team was comprised of primarily with folks from Mt Bethel UMC in Atlanta and members of the RBM board from Tennessee and Florida. During the days our team had intense prophetic prayer and discipleship training in the Brazilian context led by Pastor Bonfim and RBM minister Betty McKinney.
In the evenings we served as the prayer and intercession team at eight evangelistic services at six different churches through out Rio de Janeiro and Juiz De Flora.
“Rick Bonfim Ministries specializes in prayer. All those that attend our trips learn discernment, and the roots of need giving you the biblical base to be able to pray with precision. The miracle here is that there are no translators, thus creating FAITH in those who pray for others. The training is intense, learned and practiced throughout the whole trip.
It was really cool to team up with two other worship leaders in our crew to lead the music together.
The ministry is based out of a mission in Niteroi that feeds the poor 2500 meals per month. The need is great. The pastor and a few of us delivered meals to those who could not come to the mission.
Top Left: This man had a debilitating stroke and could barely walk. Top Right: This man is 94 years old. Bottom: The man waving had broken his neck in a work accident and was paralyzed.
Everyone on our team brought suitcases of clothes and shoes to sell at a big consignment sale at the mission, this way the people in the neighborhood can shop, get a bargain, and support the missions work in their neighborhood. All proceeds buy food for the meal program. It’s win/win.
To help with the big sale, Ivalene put her bargain-hunting superpowers to work, landing some great buys on kids clothes. Then she folded, sorted and packaged her finds for the big consignment sale fundraiser at the mission in Niteroi, Brazil.
Above left – the mission as viewed from the street. Top right – view of the neighborhood from the back of the mission. The slums are in the upper hills. Bottom Left: Betty McKinney teaching. Bottom right: Several folks chose to be baptized by immersion.
The “Bongo” is a flat bed truck. After 20 years of service, the old one was in bad shape and needed to be replaced. Our team was able to raise about $18,000 to get a new one (BTW, Rob Still Ministries contributed $500.00 of this due to the generosity of our support team). Pastor Rick was ecstatic, it was a miracle.
Whenever possible, Rob Still Ministries donates a guitar on our trips. This one is a very nice Breedlove we donated to the mission which will also be used by the UMC church connected to the mission. Cathy Fallon (in photo) was a great blessing to our team. She serves as an American missionary in Brazil, managing the mission in Niteroi-Santa Barbara for RBM, pray for her!
I first got to know Pastor Rick back in the 1990’s when we donated our recording studio over the course of a couple of years to produce two CD’s in Portuguese. He stayed on our house during production. His music is well known in Brazil. In 2019 Rick and I reconnected when I narrated and produced the audio book version of his book, “Praying with Accuracy.”
The Wrap Up
Once again I am humbled that the Lord offers me the opportunity to serve him on so many different types of missions trips. In Brazil, there seems to be a firey revival going on, you can really sense God’s spirit at work. We prayed for hundreds of people and saw first hand God’s mighty acts of salvation, healing and deliverance.
The prophetic discipleship training was a big bonus. The ministry of meals and outreach to the poor is needed, vital and what Jesus commanded us as Christians to do. We must support it. Pastor Rick is the real deal and it was great to be invited on this trip. The folks on the team, mostly Methodists of the spirit filled variety, were top notch.
Thank you to everyone who prays for us and helps financially support our ministry. We can’t go without you sending us. Bless you!
PRAYING WITH ACCURACY – OUR GIFT TO YOU
The audio book version of “Praying With Accuracy: Ministering to The Needs of Others Through Prayer” is our gift to you with your donation of any amount. Donations from this project will help support our ministry to the poor in Brazil.
You can listen to a preview here: https://robstillmusic.com/praying-with-accuracy-audio-book . Your ongoing partnership with Rob Still Ministries helps fund our international missions projects and are tax deductible. Thank you!