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Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Jônatas Abdias, I came from Brazil. I grew up at São Paulo and attended José Manoel da Conceição Seminary (the name is because he was the first Brazilian pastor in Presbyterian Church of Brazil), and Andrew Jumper Post-Graduate Center, both in São Paulo. I am a Presbyterian Pastor in Brazil (IPB), and was until 2013 the IPB coordinator of Virtual Counseling, I am also a Seminary teacher in counseling and Chaplain at Mackenzie University. I am married to Marcela, and we have two beautiful daughters.
What degree are you working towards at RPTS?
I am in the D.Min Program, with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling.
What brought you to RPTS?
A Brazilian friend is a friend of Dr. George Scipione, and he introduced him to me. The opportunity to study with Dr. Scipione seems to me a dream becoming true, because I have been studying counseling and always wished to study with someone who was “one of the first”, like him. It has been a privilege. At RPTS I met a lot of extraordinary professors and a stunning environment of piety which has had a strong and beneficial influence on my life and ministry.
What classes are you finding the most helpful for ministry?
1. The Biblical Counseling course is so good, that is a tough question to answer me. I think the first one, Jesus in the Gospels, with Dr. Jack Kinner, was very impactful. I am not sure if it was because it was the first class and the first time out of Brazil. The course was simply wonderful. 2. Another class noteworthy was Who is man, with Dr. Scipione; New things to think. 3. All of the courses are helping me to build a more biblical ministry in the church.
What are your plans for the future?
I have learned this: Have a plan, but always be ready to change it all; also, be prepared, and wise in choosing the opportunities. God has been merciful with me and is still giving me a lot of things I never thought to have or to do, like to study here. Until now, I have been preparing to serve the Lord in my denomination, mostly helping the seminary students to become better pastors, more faithful, biblical and dedicated. My plan is to wisely use the opportunities to make Biblical Counseling more popular in my country, and, in the near future, to write books for my people, dealing with specific Brazilians issues and technical issues in Counseling, being useful in God´s hands.
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