My grandmother, Ana Maria, faithfully took me to Faithful Witness Baptist Church in the town of Maracanã, Pará (Brazil). At age 4, I accepted Christ through the ministry of missionary Francisca Duarte.Since then, I sought to serve Him with my life, although I did not have certainty of my salvation. But at the age of 12, I made a confession of faith before God and my local church, and soon after was baptized.Now I have total security of my salvation in Jesus Christ and know that “nothing can take me from his hand”
From age 12 to 18, I served the Lord in my local church as president of the youth group and church musician.One day, at age 19, I was cleaning my room, listening to Christian music and singing along.When I sang the phrase, “I’m ready to go anywhere, Lord Jesus, and serve you wherever I go,”I sensed the Lord asking me if I was really ready to follow Him wherever He leads.I remember that at that moment, there in my room, I fell to my knees and prayed.In prayer I said yes to God’s call, and asked that He strengthen me and help me towards full-time ministry.I felt that I was a little young and by my pastor’s testimony, I knew the difficulties that a missionary can face.
After telling my pastor of my call, he counseled me to study and work in an established church as pastor, not as a missionary.He said, “A missionary suffers too much”.But God placed in my heart the desire to work as a church-planting missionary. I then began one-on-one ministry training with my pastor and attended as many Bible Institute classes that I could.In 2008, after my pastor moved to a neighboring town to start a new work, I was installed as pastor of our local church.After our wedding in 2009, I joined Baptist Mid-Missions as a short-term missionary and will complete the process of becoming a full-time missionary with BMM in July of 2011.In February of 2010, we moved over 2,000 miles for me to continue my ministry training at Baptist Bible College of South Brazil.
Evandro with His Grandmother, sister, & cousin
Evandro & his mentor, Pastor Roberto Silva
I was born into a missionary family. My parents, Rick & Gayle McLain, have been missionaries in the Amazon of Brazil since 1969. Though immersed in the gospel I was not ready to accept Christ as my personal Savior until the age of 4, when I realized that having saved parents was not enough for my own salvation. I had to make my own choice. Because I had only heard people accept Christ in Portuguese, I insisted that that was the correct way to get saved. A few months later I was baptized and immediately sought to win my friends and neighbors to Christ.
When I was 7, veteran missionaries, Stan & Velma Best, retired. At that time someone asked "Who will take their place?"...I knew at once God was calling me to someday be a missionary and continue what the Bests had started. Through my parents example I desired to work more for Christ. At age 10, I started a Bible club in our neighborhood and this sparked a love for teaching. This love has continued. Throughout my youth I assisted my parents in whatever was needed. This increased my desire to serve God full-time.
Upon graduation of high school, I attended Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, Iowa) and graduated in 2003. That same summer I joined Baptist Mid-Missions and after 2 years of deputation I arrived in Belém on July 18th, 2005. Being busy in the ministry was my joy yet I realized the need for future ministry in church planting. I began praying that God would send someone to partner with me to start a church in the heart of our state....little did I realize that God would bring me a husband to serve with me. Evandro and I met (officially) in May of 2008, and through various circumstances we saw how God was bringing us together. When he asked me if I would be his partner in ministry, I said yes. We were married in February of 2009. The Lord has worked wonders in my life and I am so thankful to Him.