Missionary Pulse: Live Like You Were Dying

by Diane D., EFCA ReachGlobal missionary in Brazil

“Live like you were dying…”

I recently saw those words written on a church bulletin, and it reminded me to always be ready.

It says in 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

I’ve been attempting to be more ready these days. I’ve been keeping an EvangeCube (a Rubik’s cube type gadget that shares the gospel of Christ in pictures) and an extra Bible in my purse and intentionally looking for opportunities to share about Christ.

So in June, while out evangelizing on the streets of Ipanema, a famous beach community in Rio de Janeiro, my husband, Jeff, and I had the privilege of meeting Rosie.

This energetic Brazilian woman was selling refrigerator magnets and key chains while dressed in Carmen Miranda attire. Like the famous Brazilian singer, Rosie was wearing an eye-catching fruit hat and outfit.

After we had spoken for a while, Rosie wanted to give us gifts — key chains with the picture of the Christ the Redeemer statue. We gladly accepted, and I then asked her if she had ever seen an EvangeCube. She said she would love to see it because she is an evangelical Christian.

I showed it to her and told her that I wanted to give it to her as a gift, but that she needed to share it with others. She immediately began to cry. When I asked her why she was crying, she told us that she works at a hospital for terminally ill cancer patients and would love to use it there to share the gospel.

When I saw her a few months later, Rosie told me that the cube helps her share Christ using pictures.  She has held many children in her arms as they pass from this life into the arms of Jesus.

While Rosie is already a Christian, it greatly encouraged her and touched her heart to know that she is not alone as she strives to share the best gift of all — the gift of eternal life through God’s son, Jesus Christ.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit works through Rosie at the hospital and that many people hear the true gospel message.

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Missionary Pulse is a column dedicated to reflections directly from the ReachGlobal Latin America missionaries on the field. See archives.

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  • That God uses Rosie at the hospital to bring His life-saving word to those who need to hear the gospel.
  • For Diane and the ReachGlobal team in Rio de Janeiro as they strive to live each day like they were dying, making the most of every opportunity to proclaim the name of Christ.

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