The Winter 2021 issue of the Echo from Lancaster Bible College includes a feature about former Charis Fellowship pastor, Ivanildo Trindade, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the school. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete story, which begins on page 26 of the link.
Brazilian Ph.D. Student Follows God’s Roadmap from the Amazon River to LBC | Capital
The child must have looked like others you may have seen in National Geographic documentaries. A little boy, playing near the water’s edge, his stomach distended far larger than normal, was oblivious to any dangers. Unbeknown to him, the water he played in and drank from carried unhealthy bacteria. The germs inside his body would have killed him.
“The missionary saved me in two ways,” he continued recounting his story to me. “He brought medicine that cured me physically. And he brought the Bible that saved me eternally.”
A man born on a little island in the middle of the Amazon River in Brazil, South America, was now taking Ph.D. courses at Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School. And he was in my class.
But I was learning from him.
Ivanildo Trindade, lead pastor of Hilltop Community Church in Mansfield, Ohio, has been teaching as he has been learning at Capital Seminary. Trindade’s life has become a bridge between cultures. The pastor’s winsome spirit attracts others. His easy-going, inviting persona welcomes any stranger. His smile is infectious. Trindade’s preaching and writing is the perfect blend of biblical wisdom, theological depth and practical application.
And he has just published his first book, “I Am Not a Bad Hombre: Insights on Race, Ethnicity and Culture from a Brazilian Resident Alien.” Ivanildo takes the reader on his journey to America, to becoming an American. The stories he tells are both empowering and embarrassing.
Click here to read the complete story, which begins on page 26 of the link.