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Collection 523 Oral History Interviews with Jarbas Da Silva

Identifier: CN 523

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Jarbas Da Silva in which he discusses his childhood in San Paulo, Brazil; conversion to Christianity; Baptist Bible College; Russell Shedd; joining the Africa Inland Mission as a missionary to Mozambique; strengths and weaknesses of the church in Brazil; first impressions of Mozambique; the development of Sofala Bible Institute Beira City, Mozambique; strengths and weaknesses of the church in Mozambique; aftermath of the civil war; his perspective on the need for humility and flexibility among missionaries. The time period covered by the interviews is 1958 to 1994.

Rev. Jarbas Da Silva was interviewed by Bob Shuster on September 14 and 22, 1995 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1994

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The copyright to the sound recordings in this collection is held by the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives.

Biographical Information

Full Name: Jarbas Ferreira Da Silva

Birth: February 27, 1958 in Sao Paulo, Brazil


Parents: Joseph and Colbet [?]

Siblings: Three other younger siblings

Conversion: December 1976: received Jesus Christ through the witness of Joāo Batista; February 1977: baptized in a Presbyterian church in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ordination: 1984, ordained as a Baptist minister


?-1978 - San Francisco Institute of Education (high school), Sao Paulo, Brazil

1978? - 1983 Baptist Bible College, Sao Paulo, Brazil; graduated with a bachelor in theology

1986-1987 - Studied English at Queens College, New York City, United States

1995-1997 - Wheaton College Graduate School. Graduate with a Masters in Educational Ministries


1972 - 1982 Salesman in a department store, selling calculators

1978? -  Began preaching in Baptist churches

1982 - 1986 Bank teller

late 1980s -  Taught in the evenings at a Presbyterian and an Assemblies of God Bible schools

1986 - Join Africa Inland Mission (AIM). He had met the United States director of the mission, Peter Stam, the year before.

1987-1999? -  Missionary with Africa Inland Mission, helping first to found and then teach at the Sofala Bible Institute in Beira City, Mozambique. (The first graduation was in 1993.) He was supported in part by the First Independent Presbyterian Church of Marilia, Brazil.

1991 - Taught for six months at a Bible college in Brazil


4 Audio Tapes

212 Minutes

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