Fernando Tobis
Fernando Tobis

After 11 years pastoring a Foursquare church in Brazil, I was compelled by Jesus to move to the U.S., to the city of Atlanta, and plant a church. This was undoubtedly the biggest challenge of my life.

As a church-planter in another country, it was easy to focus on what I didn’t have yet, and it was hard not to let negative thoughts direct my attitudes or affect my vision for the future.

Living this experience, I learned that God changes us before changing our circumstances. I didn’t see a way to reach people. I didn’t know how it would happen, but Isaiah 43:19 promised me He would “do a new thing” and “make a road” (NKJV).

In the midst of doubt and the unknown, I found rest and favor in a God who works for those who wait for Him. Then some “divine encounters” began to take place, and we saw a path to growth.

Let us keep the flame within us burning for evangelism because without that fire of passion, ministries may stagnate, relationships languish and dreams die (Rom. 12:11-13, MSG).

Prayer + Reflection

  • Oh, God, let us not be distracted, but focus on the mission You have set before us.
  • Help us to find new ways and opportunities like “rivers in the desert” (Isa. 43:19, NKJV).
  • May the flame of passion be constantly lit within us.

is a church-planter and pastor of Igreja do Evangelho Quadrangular, a Brazilian Foursquare church in Marietta, Ga.