Library Biblioteca Beireano
We regularly meet with several local pastors and ministry partners to brainstorm ideas for how we can reach our city for Christ more effectively and help disciple people to go deeper in their faith. In one such meeting, one partner shared his story of how the first church he attended as a new believer had a pastor who was illiterate.
The sermons were shallow, and left more questions than answers in this young man’s mind. Thankfully, he was invited to a missionary’s home and told he could borrow books to go deeper, grow spiritually, and learn the Bible. As a result of those studies, he is now a very learned and influential pastor in our town, with a hunger for knowledge and a passion to share it. Then he asked us, could we help start a Christian library in our city to help pastors and believers from all over the city to grow?
This meeting took place in March 2017. Shortly afterward, we were offered a room free of rent in a Christian school, we received a generous donation to purchase books, and in May we held the grand opening of Biblioteca Beireano!
The name comes from combining the name of our city, Beira, and the Bereans from Acts 17:10-12
“That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.”
We pray that as the people of Beira search the Scriptures as the people of Berea did, they will find the truth and grow deeper in their faith!