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By Missionaries Coy and Nancy Shaw, reaching the Portuguese in New York City For several months Vanessa had been attending the services at New Life Baptist Church. Recently she returned to Brazil, but before leaving the United States, she wrote the following farewell note to the church. Thank you for all you have done for me. The love and support came when I needed it most. I've never felt so loved. Like any immigrant I felt alone and always had a fear of opening up to others—afraid that I would be taken advantage of. No longer do I feel alone. Now, I have found a family that I never imagined existed. I always thought that being a Christian was for crazy people. And, know what? I was a Communist and a Catholic but none of these brought me happiness. I met Jesus and now my heart overflows with happiness. Today I feel good in saying that I am a Christian. A Christian is someone that believes—I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Knowing that we have a family and that we will rejoice together with the Heavenly Father is priceless. Thank you for not giving up on me. Love, Vanessa BIMI WORLD – Number 2, 2009 11