Celebrating the life, legacy of José Zito
José Zito de Oliveira, the first Nazarene in Brazil, passed away Sunday, 16 January 2022. He was 99 years old.
Originally from Cabo Verde, Zito migrated to Brazil at a young age. Later, he welcomed the first Nazarene missionaries in Brazil at the port of Santos, São Paulo, starting the history of the Nazarene church in Brazil.
Zito was a pastor in Minas Gerais, São Paulo, and Brasília. His accomplishments and the disciples he created have left a legacy for future generations. A few weeks prior to his passing, he ministered to and prayed over the leaders of the Brazilian districts at a meeting held in Brasília.
“Rev. José Zito was a gift from God to Brazil, a fundamental part of what we have as a church after so many years and it is impossible to tell our story without telling his story,” said Manuel Lima, Brazil sub-region director. “We praise God for his life and express our condolences to his family and friends.”