Thirty-five-year-old Anderson Barbosa understands what it means to bring the gospel to every tribe and tongue.
He is the team leader of Brazil JESUS Film team #1 and has made it his life’s mission to share God’s love with indigenous peoples throughout Roraima — the northernmost state of Brazil. It is estimated over 300,000 indigenous peoples live in this mountainous area! Many people in this area struggle with drug and alcohol addictions, prostitution, and family destruction.
Anderson is married to Michele and has three children. He is just one example of the 681 active JESUS Film teams who are sacrificing time with their families so all may hear.
Anderson describes missionary life as “difficult and rewarding.” On his blog, he shares a quote that inspires him:
"Mission is done with the feet of those who go,
the hands of those who contribute
and the knees of those who intercede."
Read his account of his typical day of JESUS Film ministry below:
Anderson wakes up to enjoy bread and coffee with milk for breakfast. He does a devotional and reads the Bible.
Anderson visits a clinic for drug addicts twice a week to evangelize. On Tuesdays and Fridays, he visits hospitals.
Anderson departs by car for a day of JESUS Film ministry. It takes him between 4-6 hours to arrive at his indigenous community destination.
Before going into a community, Anderson and his 7 fellow JESUS Film team members talk to the leader to receive authorization. Then, they share the gospel with the whole community and invite people to the film showing of Magdalena (the JESUS film focused on women).
Later that evening, the team shows Magdalena and spends time with the indigenous people asking questions about the film. They explain the importance of the love of God to them.
The team shares soup with the villagers. The people liked the film so much they ask them to come back. The team makes plans to visit them again and hear their testimonies.
Anderson plans to spend 3 to 5 days evangelizing the whole community and surrounding area. Whenever he has the opportunity, he also shares with young people about the risks of drug and alcohol use.
Anderson goes to bed. He said “arriving at these communities with Magdalena” was the best part of his day.