Thanks to our Worship Arts Pastor Tim Hammond for sharing some of his experiences as a missionary kid in Brazil. Here he is preaching in Recife, Brazil, when he was ten.
I grew up as a fourth-generation missionary kid (MK) in Brazil, and being an MK helped me learn the relationship between the Gospel and worship. My family became International Mission Board missionaries to Recife, Brazil, in 1990. After spending a year in language school, we moved to Northeastern Brazil, which is right on the oceanfront. My dad taught missions and church planting at the Baptist seminary in Recife.
As a family, we were very active in helping start new Brazilian churches, mostly in the slum neighborhoods through door-to-door evangelism. Along with countless short term mission teams over our eight years in Recife, we were blessed to be a part of starting more than 150 churches.
Pastor Tim, along with a fellow translator at his left, translated for one of several medical missions dental teams at a clinic.
I started translating Portuguese each week for mission teams at age seven, and it gave me a heart for the lost and a passion for sharing the Gospel. I worked with medical, construction, evangelism, and dental missions teams, along with other groups. Because I worked with so many different groups, I was able to see how the Gospel could cross barriers and break down walls to reach people at their moment of need.
Growing up sharing the Gospel and seeing people come to Christ on a weekly basis made me appreciate how universal the Gospel is to any person in any situation and how the Holy Spirit lovingly prepares and equips us to help spread the good news of Jesus. I’m so grateful that experience growing up helped shaped my worldview and outlook of looking for opportunities in any situation to pray with people and not be afraid to tell them about God’s love. It helped give me a perspective on how much the Gospel can turn someone’s life around even in the toughest of circumstances.
Growing up sharing the Gospel and seeing people come to Christ on a weekly basis made me appreciate how universal the Gospel is to any person in any situation and how the Holy Spirit lovingly prepares and equips us to help spread the good news of Jesus.
Pastor Tim and his family returned to Brazil when he was 17 to celebrate with a church plant that had moved into a church building. Pastor Tim led worship.
One of the things that I love about having the privilege of being a worship pastor is that God allows me to be a small part of stoking the flame of missions in the hearts of His people. I believe that the more we encounter the Savior in worship, our lives are changed and we walk away wanting to tell people more about Him and what He has done. Worship should drive us to go and spread the Gospel and the more we share, the more we should want to point back and give praise to the Lord we’re sharing about.
Worship should drive us to go and spread the Gospel and the more we share, the more we should want to point back and give praise to the Lord we’re sharing about.
In Isaiah 6, the first response to Isaiah’s true encounter of worship is: “Here am I, send me.” As we worship together as a church, let’s go and tell everyone about the God we worship!