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Spiritual occurrences lead to experience. An experienced person sees what others do not see. Based on the experience of a life founded upon obeying the Word of God, two assistants, Gilmar and Gloriza, noticed a powerful alarm amidst a profound and complete silence.

Last Saturday, this silence “cried out” to them as they held a special prayer meeting in a simple neighborhood in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul. They knocked on a gate to call the residents of a house. They knocked and knocked, but no one answered. There seemed to be no one home.

They decided to move on to the next house, where the conversation with the resident was quick. When they finished, as they were moving on to the third house, the assistant saw a young man leave the first property, where there had been no answer.

The resident seemed heavy burdened. Gilmar identified himself, but the man’s only reaction was to point up, where there was a noose hanging from a beam.

“I was going to kill myself. I can’t stand all this suffering anymore. But I heard you knocking and decided to open the door,” said the resident in tears. He was desperate because he got involved with drugs, his career was at a complete standstill and his wife took their children and left.

The young man’s stories and the assistant’s stories are very similar. Years ago, Gilmar also saw his marriage collapse and not only thought of committing suicide, but also killing his wife. However, everything changed when they came to the Universal Church. “I explained to him that my story had been, in some aspects, even worse than his. I also shared other stories of people whose lives were transformed by faith. His countenance changed to an air of surprise and he asked, ‘So this hasn’t only happened to me?’ I told him that if we were able to do it, he could do it too.”

The assistants prayed with the young man and Gilmar took down the noose from the beam. “I’m going to take this with me and, once your life has changed, you’re going to look at it and remember where God brought you up from,” I said to the desperate young man. A godly act allowed an almost dead man to snap out of a diabolical trance, when he heard knocking on the gate at the most opportune moment.

Anyone who attempts suicide does not really want to end his or her life. They simply want to end the suffering.

Putting an end to the suffering only makes sense when life continues after it. Getting better every time. This young man’s story is just beginning. We are going to hear a lot more about him. He will inspire many, both to help others and to know that it is possible to get out of trouble and build a better life.

By Marcelo Rangel

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