On October 29, 1965, a young North American couple in their midtwenties invaded Manaus, Brazil. The city of 180,000 Brazilians took no note of these foreign folk who spoke not a word of their language and who knew no one in town. When the couple arrived, not one other person in the whole of the Amazon Basin knew anything about repentance, baptism in Jesus’ name, or the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
Today, fifty years later, over 1,300 United Pentecostal Churches of Brazil, nearly 140,000 saints, and 124 Bible schools cover all of Brazil. It is impossible to measure the full impact that this missionary family has had on the people of Brazil, but their willingness to go where God called them has yielded an immense harvest in the kingdom of Heaven.