Seventh-day Adventists who work as law enforcement professionals across Brazil met for a weekend of connecting, exchanging personal experiences, and sharing faith stories at the Adventist Training and Recreation Center in Brasilia, Brazil, November 15-17, 2019.
According to participants and leaders, the event also sought to provide fellowship and encouragement and to highlight strategies for reconciling their careers with Bible-based beliefs.
“We had the opportunity to meet fellow believers as they shared their testimonies about the difficulties they encountered in the profession and how they reconcile faith with their career,” explained Vicente Donizete Braga, a second lieutenant in the São Paulo State Military Police and organizer of the event.
“As law enforcement officers, we face a lot of challenges, especially related to Sabbath-keeping,” said Lília Farias, second sergeant serving in the Manaus Military Police. “A gathering like this helps us to meet people who go through similar hardships while we strive to remain faithful to God.”
Encouraged to Be a Blessing
Adventist journalist Leandro Quadros, who hosts the TV program In the Sight of Truth, explained that the exchange of experiences among participants significantly strengthens each participant in his or her Christian walk. “It is a true exchange of power between brothers,” Quadros explained. “They meet colleagues with the same challenges, the same problems, the same hardships, who are nevertheless managing to overcome.”