The garage that was too small for God

Candeias, Brazil

A four-person church plant that began meeting in a garage just two years ago has grown to 500 members and moved to its own building with room to continue adding new people to its church family.

Pastor Ricardo Carvalho was discipling a small group as part of his obedience to God’s call to ministry on his life. But during the 2013 General Assembly — a quadrennial international gathering of the global Church of the Nazarene denomination that met in Indianapolis that year — he felt that God wanted him to start a church. While listening to one of the denomination's leaders speak at the assembly, Pastor Ricardo heard him say, “If God is calling you to start a church in a garage, then do not hold back!”

A year later, and with his pastor’s help, Pastor Ricardo started meeting in his garage with four people.

Pastor Ricardo said that within a month, “the garage was too small for us. My son would stand at the gate waiting for people to come in. We had no sign saying who we were, it was the Holy Spirit acting in a supernatural and unexplainable way.”

For the rest of the story, see Engage magazine.