In December of 2011, I heard Bishop Macedo speaking about the Temple of Solomon and I was filled with an enormous desire to contribute.
Regardless of how chaotic my finances were at the time, I gladly donated. My businesses were nearly R$200,000 in debt (approximately US$100,000). The only money I had, which wasn't fruit of these businesses - because at the time, I had not profited one cent from these businesses for over a year - was some money I inherited from my mother, which she divided between me and my siblings. It was about R$20,000 (approximately US$10,000). This would barely be enough to cover my expenses for next three months, and it wouldn't resolve my problem, especially because my account was already running low.
This was when I made a decision and went to speak to Pastor André, who was the senior pastor of Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro at the time - and I gave everything I had. Actually, it wasn't everything, because I kept about R$2,000 to pay some bills.
The point is that I challenged God, I put Him to the test, regardless of the joy and certainty that I felt when I decided to help The Temple. God had to manifest Himself. It was all or nothing, because R$20,000 wouldn't even pay 10% of my debts. It was barely enough to pay my living expenses for two or three months.
I made my sacrifice. After that, Pastor André went to my business and determined that God would have to do something during the upcoming month. This was exactly on the 25th of December, 2011.
Bishop, I just remained waiting. I trusted and continued to do my part. It wasn't easy because the devil psychologically bombarded me on the day I wrote that check. However, in January, a miracle happened. A lot of things happened all at once, but I'm not going to get into details about it here. All I only know is that in January the impossible happened. The eyes of very important people turned to us, in a succession of events that only God could have done. God changed one person after another, transforming what up until then was impossible; that is, things that had been tied up for years. For over a year I didn't receive any money from my business, not to mention the debts that only kept increasing.
In February, which is historically the worst month of the year, the business sold more than in January, which is the second best month. Bishop, that didn't happen to any other company in this area of Brazil. I am saying this because I am aware of the numbers, since we are talking about a large company in the food industry, with significant values.
I made a donation of R$20,000 for the Temple, which was all I had at the time, and God gave me back more than R$300,000 in just a little over a year. The debts are gone and the year of 2012 was very abundant, not to mention the court cases, which were tied up since 2004, were also closed last.
There is one more thing: I purchased an apartment that is worth around R$1.3 million for R$850,000, when I never even thought about buying an apartment before. In other words, more than just blessing me financially, God has opened my eyes to great things too.
Well, that's it Bishop. I would like to share my testimony so that other people can also be blessed.
I'm grateful, mainly, to God, and for the help and guidance from all of you.
May God bless you abundantly, like He has been blessing me.