Helping people meet Jesus goes beyond an invitation to go to Sabbath morning worship services. It is necessary to bring our neighbors to a deep knowledge of the Word of God, so they may have the freedom that comes from the divine promises. For this reason, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brazil developed the Mana Project. Its characteristic name takes us to the biblical story of the bread that God sent from Heaven to feed His people. Adventists understand the study of the Sabbath School Lesson should be prioritized as a daily spiritual food which is sent by God to draw us closer to Him.
Someone who understands the importance of this project is Lindalva Pereira, 47 years old. She is a director for one of the Adventist churches of the Northern district of Vila Nova, in São Luís, Maranhão state. Everyone who enters her church notices her at the back, seated at a small table in the church’s reception. Her goal: to take the Word of God to the largest possible number of people. “I heard that the Conference will donate a church for the district that signs up the most people for the Mana Project, and we have waited a really long time for a temple where we can worship.”
“This year, in the Caleb Mission Project (a project of young people who dedicate their school holidays to the mission of preaching the Gospel through social actions), we brought several people to baptism, and now we are leading a group that needs a church building to go to because our district church is too far from here,” Lindalva explained.
“It was then that our district pastor, Wellington, called me and told me he had a challenge for me. I took it, and every Wednesday and Sunday, I put a table at the church’s front door and begin to promote the subscriptions to the Mana Project. If someone cannot go to church, I call them or go to their home,” said Lindalva, who has already gotten 165 subscriptions. “With God’s help, I intend to get more enrollments by the end of September and thus gain our long dreamed-of church.”