Cleiton & Viviane Menor
Cleiton was born in Recife in northeastern Brazil. He grew up in a Christian home and from a young age learned from his parents about God’s love. It was not until the age of 14 that the gospel seed previously sown germinated in his heart after he attended a youth camp. Not long after this, his parents accepted the invitation to study at Grace Theological Seminary—a Bible school in southern Brazil supported and organized by Things to Come Mission. This invitation gave Cleiton the opportunity to be accepted as the youngest student to attend that Bible course and the privilege to study and graduate with his father. It was during the three and a half years of his theological studies when God awakened in him his call for service and missions. After completing his seminary studies, his family moved to the coast to pastor the Shangrila Grace Gospel Church.
His father Pastor Manoel, Pastor Joel Molina, and Pastor Jose Carlos (who was his dean during the seminary time) were God’s instruments for his spiritual growth and are great examples of faith and service.
Viviane was born in Foz do Iguaçu, a tourist town in the far west of Paraná, known worldwide for the beauty of Iguazu Falls. At 18 she was involved in a serious car accident while visiting the coast with some friends. By the grace of God she was the only one who was in the vehicle and did not suffer even a scratch. While still sensitized and reflective of the deliverance she had received, she accepted the invitation to go to a Sunday evening service and on that occasion surrendered her life to Jesus.
Convinced that her new faith in Christ would change all the plans outlined so far in her life, Viviane decided that she should stay in the city where she was born again to devote herself to knowing God and His Word more deeply. She attended the Gospel Church of Grace where she also met Cleiton. They nurtured a great friendship and for four years they served the Lord at church, were involved in youth projects, learned the importance of evangelism, and were active in Bible studies.
Friendship and fellowship evolved to the point that they fell in love and married in October 2013. The Lord has given them three beautiful children—twins Laura and Elisa, and Lucas. Cleiton has an accounting technical degree and from 2009 until recently worked at an accounting firm where he became a business partner after being promoted in 2014.
In 2015 Cleiton took over the pastorate of the Shangri-la Grace Gospel Church and since 2017 he has also worked actively in developing a training program for church leaders in the Paraná Coast Grace Churches.
Cleiton and Viviane’s desire to do missions overseas was revived in their hearts after visiting the Grace Ministries International church plant, Grace Bible Church in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, where they met the Gularts and the Bomers for the first time. Other trips and partnerships were made after that one in which they got to know the needs of the field more closely. The love for lost souls spoke loudly in their hearts and they felt called to join them and help in the planting of new churches throughout the country. After praying and preparing for the transition of their current ministries in Brazil they found open doors at GMI to assist and expand the work in Paraguay.
To read the Menors’ most recent prayer letter click HERE.