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There are many difficulties in preaching the Gospel throughout the world, the biggest being the lack of people willing to leave everything to take the Word of God to those who need it.
Knowing this need, God himself asked: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” (Isaiah 6.8)
There are few people who are willing to respond to God: “Here I am, you can send me.” Among those few is Andre Da Silva, who recently received the anointing with the Holy Oil to establish his consecration as a bishop of The Universal Church.
The Bible says, “This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence” (1 Timothy 3:1-4)
Sunday, July 17th, was a special day in which Pastor Andre Da Silva was consecrated as a bishop alongside his wife Sandra. In a special meeting in the presence of over 250 people, Bishop Bira, who takes care of the work of evangelism in the USA, consecrated Pastor Andre to be the newest bishop of The Universal Church.
Bishop Andre has dedicated over 23 years of his life to the Work of God. He has worked in many places around the world and now is in Texas. Bishop Andre has been married to Sandra for 21 years, and they have worked together in places such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Brazil, and Texas, USA. Speaking about his consecration, Bishop Andre said, “There is nothing like time to reveal the faith and the true intentions of a heart.”
Before learning about this faith and committing to God, Bishop Andre’s family was enjoying a prosperous life until everything took a turn for the worse. The family lost their house, his mother passed away, and all his brothers lost their jobs. All this happened in the course of 3 months. The family struggled to pick up the pieces, and finally in 1986, a light shone at the end of the tunnel. There in the suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, they found the doors of The Universal Church. There, he was taught this living faith that he professes and has been following for the past 30 years. “By the age of 16, I was already very active in the Youth Power Group, and upon receiving the Holy Spirit, a strong desire was born to save souls. I would spend most of my time, especially my weekends, evangelizing in the surrounding communities and delivering flyers that invited people to attend services at our local church. By the age of 18, I was called to join the ministry, and went from Brazil to South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and now the USA.” – Explains the bishop.
When asked what marked him the most throughout these 23 years, he replied, “Africa! Arriving in the African continent early in 1994 and seeing the growth of The Universal Church from its humble beginnings throughout the entire continent made me realize that this work can only be led by God Himself.”
Keeping one’s faith alive for 30 years might seem nearly impossible for many. “Fix your eyes on Jesus only,” he said, revealing his secret for beeing firm in the faith for so long. “Beware of the fact that Satan works in the center of emotions (the heart); in order to remain in the faith, we have to sacrifice and ignore our feelings.”