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Leonardo Bessa (Kampen)

Surname: Bessa Bastos Gonçalves

Given names: Leonardo

Date of birth: May 3, 1986

Are you married? Do you have children?
Married without children.

Name of your church:
Presbyterian Church of Brazil

Name of your seminary/college:
Kampen Theological University

On what level do you follow theological education?
MIRT – Master of Intercultural Reformed Theology

Who is God for you, in your daily life?
God is my father. God is my purpose and my life. Everything is for Him. I have no meaning of life without Jesus Christ, and at the same time, I know how dependent I am on Him. I regularly need to remind myself (sometimes God does this to me) of His purpose. I think a relationship with God is the simplest, and the most complicated situation. Simple because He is always available, and complicated when we are not. Christ is the one who is always there, friend and savior.

What is your dream after finishing your study?
I believe that the expected qualification of this study time will have a positive impact on the local church, and also on other churches. As a pastor, studying Reformed theology from an intercultural perspective increases the ability to deal with different people from different cultures. Brazil is a multi-cultural place, even when we only consider Brazilians. But we also receive many people from other countries, especially Latin Americans. I believe that in the gospel it is possible to find answers and meanings for life, especially in multicultural conditions. I also believe in the positive impact of these studies, because I teach at a Theology Faculty in Brazil (FATESUL), and I think that I can sow a deeper perspective of the gospel for those who are studying to be pastors in the future.


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