Following God with No Regrets

A Vision 195 Story in Brazil

Imagine: After years of saving, you and your sweetheart buy a house. It’s an unfinished “skeleton”—no doors, cabinets, or fixtures, not even plaster or paint. Just concrete walls and floors. But you two are dreamers. You’ve got big plans.

Then God steps in.

What happens next? If your names are Fernando and Ieda Bochio, God asks you to put YOUR dreams on hold and pursue HIS dreams for Portuguese-speakers around the world.

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When you’re on the right track in ministry, Satan throws up every roadblock he can. From shipwrecks to imprisonment to hunger, Paul’s life makes clear that Satan knows who’s on mission (2 Corinthians 11:23–28). And Paul is just one example!

Razão para Viver (RPV), Insight for Living Ministries’ Portuguese-language broadcast, hit the airwaves in 1988 through Trans World Radio. When Fernando became RPV’s pastor in 2003, we had already cleared many hurdles. Fernando jumped into being the “voice of Chuck Swindoll in Portuguese” and continued pastoring, teaching, and consulting. In 2005, Fernando and Ieda purchased their “skeleton house.” But in 2006, RPV parted ways with Trans World Radio. Fernando gave up consulting to help establish RPV as an independent non-profit organisation. With much government red tape on the floor, the ministry was ready for its own studio.

Then a recession hit.

Heartbroken at the thought of RPV closing, Fernando, Ieda, and their teenaged son and two teenaged daughters decided together, completely of their own accord, to build an RPV studio on their first floor instead of finishing their dream home. When it wasn’t enough, Fernando sold his hobby—a beautiful sports car. When that wasn’t enough, they sold another car! For years, they lived out of suitcases on the second floor with cinderblocks for walls, sheets for doors, and boxes for cabinets.

Staff from our USA headquarters visited them after the studio had been completed while the second floor remained unfinished. We were humbled by their sacrifice, encouraged by their joy . . . but not surprised.

As a teenager, Fernando heard the gospel at a conference. Due to dyslexia and an unstable home, he had long felt like a misfit. The thought of a new life filled him with hope. That night he prayed, “God, if You are real, show Yourself to me, because You know I don’t believe.” God made His presence known and everything changed. Fernando knew God wanted him to pursue ministry, but he felt ill equipped.

Then he met Ieda.

As the two fell in love, Fernando also fell in love with her family. Ieda and her father patiently helped Fernando learn the Scriptures. He heard God’s calling him to the pastorate, but Ieda didn’t. Fernando’s calling was non-negotiable. If she wasn’t onboard, they couldn’t be together. Eventually, God showed Ieda that while she wasn’t called to ministry, she was called to support Fernando. They never looked back.

To dedicate himself to RPV, Fernando resigned from teaching at his university in 2011. In 2014, he resigned from 35 years of pastoring churches. Just two years ago, their home was finally finished, and Fernando has nearly completed his doctorate degree. The results of their faithfulness?

  • RPV on 40 stations throughout Brazil and one in Africa
  • More than 20 translated resources
  • A Portuguese-language Web site
  • Pastors from São Paulo to the Amazon Jungle trained to use Chuck’s Searching the Scriptures Bible-study methods
  • A vision for reaching all 10 countries that speak Portuguese

Vision 195 is a strategy that CAN work! We really can reach all 195 nations and 6,875 heart languages if we work together.

Is the Lord leading you to be a part of Vision 195 by giving to Insight for Living Ministries? Trust Him! Send your gift.

Never underestimate the importance of your gifts and prayers. Like Fernando and Ieda, you will never regret following God’s calling . . . and short of heaven, you’ll never know just how far your faithfulness will go.

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