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Odir's Story:

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Odir accepted Christ when he was 8 years old, after his sister showed him the “Bridge to Eternal Life” tract. Odir grew up in a Baptist Church where one of the pastors was ABWE missionary Joe Arthur. One day after coming back from summer camp, he got the opportunity to share the highlights of the event in front of the church. Pastor Joe Arthur told him that he saw potential in him to be a pastor.

"That was one of the first times that God placed a desire in my heart, that I later would understand as being a calling for full-time ministry service to God."

Odir's first passion was writing. He went to college to pursue a career in journalism where he made friends at a campus church. One day, they invited him to preach, and having never preached before, Odir began studying his Bible with teaching in mind. He loved it and that experience planted the seed for a dream that was never on his radar. From this point on, he found out that his passion for Christ and His Gospel was way greater than his dream to be a journalist.

In 2012, Odir moved to Australia to participate in an English course program. All of the sudden he was in a different culture, dealing with a different language that he was still learning, with people that he did not know, and thousand of kilometers away from his family. But those 10 months served as a time to teach him the real meaning of “depending” on God - and to learn English so he could meet Cynthia years later.

When Odir came back to his hometown in São Paulo, Brazil, decided to enroll in seminary. He felt God calling him to be a missionary and prayed for direction. Studying at the LOGOS Baptist Seminary in São Paulo, God continued to work in his life and tug at his heart with regards to full time ministry. Until one day, heading home on a bus he was reading Isaiah 42:6-8 and he finally committed himself to the Lord's calling, understanding, that despite his limitations and his incapacities, the ALL POWERFUL GOD would take him by the hand and would use him according to His will, to preach the Gospel.

One year later, God led him to Cynthia and after one more year of dating and praying they got married in Brazil and traveled to the States so Odir could be appointed as an ABWE missionary. Together they are eager to continue Cynthia’s parents’ ministry and legacy in the country they love.

Favorite verse?
"For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel." Ezra 7:10

Favorite food?
Sushi!  That is why Cynthia & I go well together. (see her response below)

Which would you rather do: Sky-diving? Roller-coaster ride? or Back-packing through the jungle?
None of the above. In fact I would rather go to starbucks with a good cup of coffee and read a good book.


Cynthia's Story:

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Cynthia is what you would call a "second generation" missionary.  Her parents, Dave and Barbara Taylor, were ABWE missionaries in São Paulo, Brazil for 27 years. She was born there and lived there until she was 17 years old. Her family often teased her saying that she was more Brazilian than American. She loved helping her parents in their ministry, but in her senior year of high school, her whole world changed when her father suddenly passed away on the field.

Cynthia returned to the states to attend college at Baptist Bible College (now Summit University), and during her final year, she felt God calling her to missions. She turned to ABWE for guidance and, wanting to confirm her call, she went on two-year mission trip to a small city in Brazil. She loved it, but the experience was the polar opposite of the bustling city of São Paulo.

When those two years ended, she wasn't sure what the "next step" would be. Up to this point she had always lived her life in 2-4 year increments as an MK. The thought of surrendering her life to career missions scared her. So, she returned to her college and worked as a graphic & web designer. She enjoyed the work but couldn’t shake the gnawing feeling that God was calling her to do more. She went on several mission trips and in 2010 God made it so clear to her that He was leading her back to Brazil as a missionary. In spite of her fear of returning to the field alone, Cynthia trusted God and arrived back in São Paulo in 2013 to minister to the people she loved in the country she loved.

“I was living the missionary life and loving it. I discovered that God was all I needed,” Cynthia said. “And then God blessed me and showed me He had someone He wanted me to walk alongside.” And that is where Odir comes into the picture!

Favorite verse?
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

Favorite food?
It's too hard to choose!  I love italian, brazilian, a good hamburger- but my ultimate favorite is sushi!

Which would you rather do: Sky-diving? Roller-coaster ride? or Back-packing through the jungle?
Hmmmm... I would love to go back-packing but I NEVER pass up a good roller-coaster ride!

 


David's Story:

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David was born in December of 2017 and is our little bundle of joy! 

Favorite food?
Milk. Cheerios. Yogurt. Mandarin Oranges. French Fries.

Favorite activity?
Bath time. Playing hide and seek. 

Favorite song?
Baby Shark.