Walking in Obedience

Seeing God's faithfulness every step of the way. 

My name is Matheus Barros and I am from Brazil. I completed my DTS in 2019, and it was an amazing, life-changing experience of growing in my relationship with God.   

By the end of the Discipleship Training School, God started speaking to me about attending the School of Evangelism (SOE). I felt God prompting me to do the school, but I resisted the idea because I didn't have the tuition. I had a month long break between the two schools and I began to pray to see if this was even going to be possible.

During the break, my school leader,  called me and said, "Hey, Matheus. I just want to see if you are still coming back for SOE?"

I told her, "It just wasn't my time to go with only $1,500 saved." My plan was to volunteer in the ministry and maybe do the school in Brazil. 

Sitting in the campus wide Sunday night service, I watched as all of my friends were introduced on stage for the SOE. I was sitting with a family from Benin, Africa and their four year old son looked up at me and said, "Matheus, you should pray."

I said, "What do you mean?"

He said, "You should pray for money to do the SOE." I realized the Lord was using a four year old to speak to me! I wasn't trusting God to provide for me to do the school. 

matheus smiling with small kid

God wanted me to continue in my discipleship because my healing and growth in Him weren't finished. As I walked to the SOE welcome party, I told my friends from Africa, what their four year old kid had told me about praying for money.

A student at the welcome party approached me and my African friend and said, "Hey guys, I heard your SOE was going to be a multicultural and I know you guys need finances. I want to bless you. I want to talk to my family and give money to you guys."

My friend said, "It's okay. I don't need any finances. My expenses are covered. Thank you so much." Then he turned to me said, "I would like to support you and bless you."

I said, "No, I don't want to do the school. I have other plans."

We exchanged contact information, and I went back to where I was staying. But I could not sleep! Everything the Holy Spirit was speaking to me through the four year old kid, and the student who offered to bless me financially, — all of those things kept running through my mind. I spent the whole night praying and talking to Jesus.

Finally, I said, "Ok, God. If this guy gives me the money I'll do the school." The Holy Spirit instantly convicted me saying, "Why do you have to see something else happen? I already gave you enough signs and showed you what I want you to do. Do you need to see something else happen for you to be obedient?"

I started packing everything that same night to go. As I organized my stuff and my luggage, I said, "Okay God, you already spoke and gave me enough signs that I should do the SOE."

The following morning, I talked to the school leader and told her I was going to do the school. That's when I stepped out in faith. She said, "Well, I was just waiting for you to say 'yes' because I knew you should do the school."

God provided for me. God told me that finances are nothing for him, if he provided once miraculously, he can do it again.

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Matheus Barros

Written by Matheus Barros

At 25 years old, Matheus has already shared God’s love in 9 nations! He loves soccer and creating with God through media and film.

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