Alexandre

Today, those who attend meetings held by pastor Alexandre Barreto, do not imagine that in the past, the former MC loved the night life, was promiscuous, had addictions, was constantly involved in fights and suffered greatly.

The Rio de Janeiro native won numerous funk awards, and says his biggest dream was to record with a well-known sound crew, who were an iconic funk group at the time. He liked to go to parties to arrange fights and assault people. Besides that, he used drugs and cheated on his girlfriend – who is now his wife. Though he was constantly surrounded by friends and went to many parties, he had a void inside.

“I thought that if I did a big show and sang for a huge crowd, the void would be filled.” – he explains.

However, nothing made him feel whole, not even the drugs, the women or signing the contract he dreamt of for so long. Nothing made him happy. “The moment I stepped off stage, I realized the void was still inside,” says Alexandre.

Alexandre only came to his senses after an armed group of men tried to kill him, and he found himself in a life and death situation. He recalls them locking him and his friends up in a room. They severely beat them up, and the only reason that they didn’t kill them was because of the number of witnesses that were outside. These were people he had brought to the party because he was the leader in one of the neighborhoods.

To further worsen his suffering, due to the whole situation, his girlfriend decided to breakup with him. Because Alexander did not know the proper direction to follow and the void continued in his chest, he found himself at rock bottom.

However, through an invitation from a friend who belonged to the VYG, and also due to many prayers and chains of prayer carried out by his mother-in-law at the Universal Church, he decided to change his life. He surrendered his life completely to God, and there, he found the family he never had anywhere else.

Today, he is responsible for all the Universal Churches in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul – Brazil. He has been married to Lilia Marques for thirteen years, and oversees many pastors and assistants. His life was transformed.

In the past, he led thousands of people to parties, addictions and destruction, but today, his satisfaction is leading thousands of people to the Kingdom of God.

Alexandre

R-Day

On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old.  Amos 9.11

Whose joy in the Holy Spirit has been snuffed out, and wants to rebuild it?

Who is at death’s door and wants to be revived?

Who is lost and wants to be rescued?

What would you give to retake what you conquered and lost?

Whose life is in pieces and wants to be repaired?

Who has fallen and wants to rise up?

Who has lost faith in yourself and want to reclaim it?

Whose life is in ruins and wants to be rebuilt?

Who was once the light and wants to recharged?

Who is living on memories of the past and wants to be renewed?

Who has faith to restart?

Who has faith to make a u-turn and reform their lives?

Who has faith to be revived?

Be completely RESTORED over the next three Sundays by uniting your faith with ours…

How? … you may ask.

We will unite our faith and demand that Jesus’ promise come true in our lives:

Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.  Matthew 18.19

What should I ask for? Whatever you want!

Need a child to get married?

Is your love life tied up?

Are your finances unstable?

Do you have financial failures?

Is your health up and down?

Jesus clearly says: if two of you agree on earth concerning anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

Who believes this?

If your belief was awakened as you read this, that is a sign that the Holy Spirit has chosen you to participate.

It’s free! There is no cost!

If you believe, participate.

If you participate, you will RECEIVE.

The Three Sundays of “R”, beginning this Sunday.

January 19, January 26, February 2

If you believe, RECEIVE!

24 hours of life

Grace Fidele Ngomooh Ndjock lived all her life in the Republic of Cameroon, her homeland, until the day she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. This type of malignant tumor most often appears in people that are over 50. According to the National Cancer Institute, when it forms, the person has difficulty swallowing, weight loss –resulting from insufficient food intake–, chest pain –unrelated to the malnourishment–, among other complications.

This is what happened with Grace. Though she had the support of her family, who moved to be at her side and find a solution to the problem, her situation only worsened.

In 2012, she moved to Lugano, Switzerland, to receive treatment. During 3 months, the Cameroonian was in a coma, her weight dropped to a mere 71 pounds and her body was covered in sores. The doctors met with her family and told them to prepare for the worst, because they had done all they could. According to them, she did not have much time left to live –approximately 24 hours. However, note what faith in the Lord Jesus can do in the life of those who believe, when it is put into practice.

“My condition was getting worse every day. Then, in October 2012, the medical team that was treating me suggested that I be admitted to the hospital, which happened right away because I was no longer able to eat anything at all or breathe on my own. At the hospital, I began receiving rounds of chemotherapy, but after the second dose, I fell into a coma. Everyone was waiting for me to die, but one of my daughters, who was already a member of the Universal Church, decided to participate in the campaign that was taking place at that time: the Israel Challenge. She went to the altar determined to change the situation and sacrificed everything she had.

A few hours after my daughter placed her sacrifice on the altar, I woke up from the coma. When she returned to the hospital, I was already awake and, to everyone’s surprise, had already started to recover. I was hospitalized for 1 month to regain my strength. My situation got better with each day that passed. The cancer, which had begun spreading throughout my body, disappeared and today I am healed.

I left the hospital and came to the Universal Church to thank God for the miracle He did in my life, and now I have surrendered my life to Jesus. For the past 2 months, I have participated of the meetings every week here in Lugano, Switzerland.

Thank you God, for the miracle You have made in my life!”

Grace Fidele Ngomooh Ndjock

Andressa

Andressa Caio was born into a broken home and without the frequent presence of her father, because of this, she became a very troubled child and teen. At the age of 15, she dove into a world of addictions, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, using cocaine and drinking heavily every day, therefore becoming an addict.

She was admitted to a psychiatric hospital 4 times with beginning signs of insanity, a loss of conscience and the beginning of an overdose. After a short time, she became involved with homosexuality because, according to Andressa, her relationships with men were unsuccessful so she began opting for women. From that moment on, her problems only increased, she began having depression, anxiety, she didn’t feel at peace, saw shadows and had suicidal thoughts. During this time in her life, she was thrown out of her house and rejected by the whole family. She began feeling hatred for people and planned to end the life of one of the women she had a relationship with.

But at this time, while she was at the bottom of the pit, she was introduced to the work of the Universal Church. She was helped by the assistants, pastors and VYG, who believed in her and did not fail her when she needed it most. Today, after receiving the Holy Spirit in her life, Andressa is completely transformed. She no longer has any addictions. She is free from the anxiety, sadness, suicidal thoughts and homosexuality. She is a helpful daughter at home and lives in peace with the people around her. She is a new woman in all the aspects of her life.

David

Before going to the Universal Church and coming to know God, my life was destroyed. At the age of 12, I began to discover things in me that were not normal for a young child. I was sad and cried a lot for no reason. At school, I always had a smile on my lips, but when I was alone, tears rolled down my face. So I began listening to black metal music, which was the only music that “calmed” me during those moments of loneliness. Some time later, I found out that this genre of music has strong ties to Satanism. So I decided to take it upon myself to be a follower of Satan.

I grew up with this mindset. With each day that passed, the ideas linked to Satanism grew in my mind. My hair was long and I always wore black. I only had a few friends that were like me, so I decided to write songs that spoke against churches. When I sang, my voice sounded like the voice of an evil spirit. I would cut my hands just to see the blood run out of the cuts, then I would drink my own blood and smear it on my eyes and satanic medal I carried around my neck. I would transform.

I smoked and drank a lot with my friends. My family was being destroyed because of me, my mother suffered very much. This is when my mother decided to fight for me at the Universal Church, because she did not accept the situation and revolted against the evil that was in my life. I remember saying to her: “Nobody is going to change me. This is how I am, and this is how I will be forever”. But there was a conviction inside her and she was sure that I was going to change and accept God.

After much perseverance and participating of the Israel Challenge, my mother received an answer, and I changed! My mindset began to change and I put that life of darkness behind me. Today I am a new person. I was delivered from the addictions, depression and Satanism. I stopped hanging around with the wrong crowd and I am no longer attracted to evil. My mindset and attitude changed completely, and today my family is a blessing!

Davide

Hector

My name is Hector Luan and I’m 25 years old. I was raised in a troubled home; my parents were addicted to alcohol and cigarettes. When I was 7 years old, someone from the Universal Church evangelized my mother. She began attending meetings and soon after, we also went. One year later, my 19-year-old sister committed suicide. Four months after, my mother died of diabetes, according to the diagnosis.

My father hit us every day, had several lovers and spent several days away from home; our family was completely destroyed. After my sister’s death, a voice constantly told me to make use of her belongings (clothes, accessories, makeup etc.). One month later, my father brought one of his girlfriends to live with us. There were many parties and her relatives often came over our house. Early one morning, one of her brothers tried to abuse me. One of our neighbors also tried several times until I was about 10 years old.

At the age of 14, I moved in with my godparents and began acting like a female. They accepted me the way that I wanted to be. I became Sabrina and demanded that everyone acknowledged it. My father did not accept me and wanted to hit me in the middle of the street. Still in Para-Brazil, I started selling my body, which took on the shape of a woman’s body.

I came to São Paulo at the age of 17 with the intention to make money by selling my body. A total deception. I did make a lot of money from the age of 17 to 20, but there was a void inside that could not be filled by all the alcohol, men, women or money I ever made. When evening came, I locked myself in my apartment, drinking and using drugs, crying, all alone, without friends or relatives or any kind of affection. The following day, I woke up with no money and still feeling empty. This went on day after day. Many times, when I didn’t have enough money to get hard liquor, I would drink pure alcohol.

In the city of Campinas – Sao Paulo, I was introduced to crack, that’s when I hit rock bottom, I lost my “beauty” (which I used to make money) and my health. I got down to about 120lbs and no longer made as much money as I did before. I tried to commit suicide several times. During a rave, I drank too much and was hospitalized in an alcohol-induced coma. I tried to kill myself by jumping off an overpass, but two homeless people took me down by force, thinking I was a woman, and prevented me from killing myself. Afterwards, we smoked crack together. I lived under a bridge, and that is where I found a boyfriend, who was also homeless.

One night, after getting really high, I saw a shadow that made me feel very uneasy. I had not slept or eaten for 15 days. That night, I almost had an accident on the 3rd floor of an abandoned building. At that moment, I threw the drugs away and looked up at the sky. It was a starry night, which reminded me of God and I prayed, “If You change my life, I’ll put all this behind me and seek a better life.”

A week later, a man appeared at that building. I was drunk and high. I was there with my ex-boyfriend and one of his friends. The man looked at me and said that I was “the only one that was sincere.” He asked me if I wanted to change my life and I said, “I don’t know how, but I want to, and if I had a chance I would grab on to it with tooth and nails.”

On Saturday, he brought us to Diadema, in Sao Paulo. I saw the Universal Church located in the September 7th neighborhood, and said, “I’m not going in there!” On Sunday, at 3pm, I was there, sitting in the first row, dressed as Sabrina. I went back on Monday and Tuesday, and was delivered from all evil. Everyone in Church was alarmed to see me on Wednesday, when I returned as Hector. Now they knew that the Sabrina, who had arrived on Sunday, was actually Hector. From that day forth, I never went back to that sinful life. I quit using drugs, was delivered from homosexuality, prostitution, depression, the desire to die and the void I felt was filled by the Holy Spirit, that completely transformed me and made me a new man, 100 % happy.

Hector Luan

Amanda

Until the age of 7, I was a normal child. However, from that age on I wanted to be different. At the age of 9, I dyed my hair blonde (this was not common at that time, I was one of the few children that did this). It all started very early. At the age of 11, I was going out to parties and nightclubs, and hanging out with the wrong crowd. I started getting piercings and my look conveyed rebellion. I was surrounded by drugs, alcohol and promiscuity, but I was afraid to get involved. The problems at home increased, so I started doing everything that I previously thought was disgusting.

My dream was to be a model, and this actually happened. As I grew up surrounded by this confusion, things just got worse. I got more piercings and dyed my hair different colors. I took controversial photos and posted them on the Internet. I became well known, many people copied me, my style and the things I did. My career took off; I was doing fashion shows, photo shoots, international jobs, etc. I was recognized and even had fans. I was surrounded by people and often smiled, but the void remained inside.

After suffering bullying for 3 years, it made me hate people, I was no longer the same; I no longer cared about anything. At 15, I began hanging out in downtown São Paulo, attending gay events at Ibirapuera, Augusta and Paulista nightclubs, where I was always accompanied by those “friends”. Friends, who ripped out the pages of the Bible to make marijuana cigarettes, drank all night long, snorted cocaine and cursed and blasphemed against God. Among all that commotion, something bothered me. Often, I would think: “What am I doing here? Why am I doing this?”, because I believed in God and knew that I shouldn’t be there, but the more I tried, the more I got involved.

I ran away from home, started smoking and drinking every weekend, went out on Friday and returned on Sunday or Monday. I got involved in relationships with women; I thought that I was born that way because I had a sexual experience with a childhood friend. I cursed, spoke in slang, heard voices and saw shadows that would choke me at night. Once, I even called the police because I thought someone had broken into my house.

Though I was popular, my love life was in ruins. None of my relationships worked out. I wasn’t happy with anyone. Everything went wrong, I fought with my parents and was on the brink of death several times. After living through all this, I couldn’t take the suffering and grief any longer.

I was sick. I had a heart murmur, which doctors said I would not make it past the age of 15. I had gastritis, which hadn’t allowed me to eat properly in over a month due to the pain. I no longer slept because there was a black shadow that choked me every night, so I would lie awake in fear and sleep during the day.

My life had no purpose. A voice would say that there was no solution. My family’s finances were in ruins, no one believed in me, I saw no way out, I was desperate! Until my mother, without telling me, transferred me to a new school, because my old school almost sent me to Child Services. She enrolled me in the neighborhood school, which was close to home and in front of the Universal Church. At first, I refused to go, but since there were no other options, I went. From the moment I set foot in the school, I knew that I would be rejected. But I was surprised when some of my peers came to talk to me. We became friends and they invited me to the VYG. They told me how they used to be and I became interested, but was afraid of what my friends would think. How could I go to Church looking like I did? Everyone would judge me! I declined their invitations for about a month, until the 17th of April 2011.

As soon as I stepped foot in the Church, I saw a difference. Everyone hugged me, took care of me. I didn’t really understand what they were saying, but I wanted to be around them, I wanted to change my life! So I continued attending meetings and seeing a change day after day… As God transformed my interior, my exterior changed as well. The piercings, the different colored hair, the addiction to cigarettes, the drinking, the bisexuality… none of it made sense any longer, so I renounced it ALL! And God honored me, I joined the VYG, I started sharing my experiences with other youth and helping them, just like I was once helped. A desire to win souls began growing inside, to help those who are suffering and lead them to the peace and happiness I had received.

I had the desire to be an assistant and, after enduring many battles, God anointed me to do His work. This love for souls grows more each day. Today, I am part of the VYG because someone believed in me and I believe in other youths. Spiritually, I am completely accomplished because I received the Holy Spirit, have a blessed job, have peace at home and best of all: I am sure of my salvation!

Amanda Kislley

Jude Melo

Jude Melo suffered with anxiety since childhood.

Isolated and without many friends, she attempted suicide for the first time at the age of 9, after her parents divorced. Time passed and she was introduced to the world of fame. She started a modeling career and, some time later, became a background dancer in a band.

At age 14, after failing to pass the school year, her mother forbade her to continue dancing professionally, which caused even more anger in the adolescent. This was when she attempted suicide for the second time.

Jude continued dancing, until she was invited to be part of a group that toured throughout the country. This was when the young dreamer first had contact with drugs, taking part of parties and orgies.

Even among such apparent euphoria and joy, Jude became depressed, which made her try to put an end to her life for the third time.

The sparkle of fame was no longer fulfilling. At the end of each show, the emptiness grew. She felt like there was something missing. Despite being constantly surrounded by her peers, she felt alone, forgotten and used.

During a tour of shows in Ceará – Brazil, Jude met a young man, who she fell madly in love with. It seemed like he held the solution to all of her problems in his hands. Finally, happiness was knocking at her door. Surprisingly, even though she believed this young man was the love of her life, he physically and psychologically abused her. Soon, the romance ended.

Still during the tour, in Fortaleza, the young woman explains that she was overcome by an inexplicable anger during the shows, where she would often attack the other dancers that shared the stage with her. Jude would push them so that they could get hurt and be unable to perform. She wanted to “shine” by herself.

One day, which was supposed to be like any other day, the young woman woke up feeling more depressed than usual. She spent the entire day locked in her room, crying and thinking about taking her life once again. She recalled that a group of people climbed a hill, near the building where she lived, to prayer. She immediately thought: “If those people go up there to seek the living God, He will deliver me. If not, I’m going to end my life today.”

She left home determined, but was soon approached by a woman who gave her a message, causing her to go back home and spend the rest of the day reflecting.

Seeing that her daughter was destroying her life and she wasn’t able to do anything to change that situation, Jude’s mother and sister began to fight for her at the Universal Church. A difficult uphill battle began in favor of the spiritual deliverance of the entire family. They were all overcome by the Holy Spirit in a short period of time. Making others realize the change that occurred within each one was not difficult. “During a phone call, I noticed a peace in my mother’s voice like I had never seen before,” recalls Jude.

During some time, her mother fought in her favor.

Jude remembers that her mother always asked the assistants to put her daughter’s name in the prayer book, and that, by faith, she would see her transformed and be a part of the VYG.

Upon returning to Bahia, the dancer decided to take a closer look at what caused her family’s transformation. For the first time, Jude set foot in a Universal Church. She put everything behind her and decided to wholeheartedly surrender to God’s purposes.

Today, at age 22, Jude Melo attends a dance course at the Federal University of Bahia and develops her talent by leading the Cultural Project, with the VYG.

She was delivered from the drugs, the illusions of this world, the depression and the desire to die. Filled with the Holy Spirit and a broad smile, she assures that she has never been so happy. “I can only thank my God for what He did in my life. I cannot describe how happy I am,” she celebrates.