Eliane is the wife of Igor Dias Ramos, an evangelist and teacher in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
I lived twenty-one years of my life lost in the darkness of Catholicism, but I got to the point where I could no longer live like that. I lived a sad life and looked for satisfaction in friendships, college, and boyfriends until one day I came to the altar of a cathedral. Looking up, I fixed my eyes on the image of what I had been told was Jesus, and I said: “I know that you exist! Do something for me! Change my life; I can’t live like this anymore! I feel alone and sad, and I know that there is a God, but I don’t know Him! Please, help me!”
At the time, I worked as a teacher in a daycare where the owner was a spiritist. I felt so bad at this job that I asked the Lord to provide a different one. I had hardly any money to go to college, but somehow I was able to enroll to follow a career in Business Administration. However, upon enrolling, I began to make bad choices in friendships, and I started to do many things that I never imagined I would do, because I had been raised to know better.
Years passed by, and I realized things were continually getting worse. Terror came to me as I understood that I was on my way to hell and that I was not the “good girl” my mother had raised—until the day my sister-in-law (the wife of my older brother) invited me to a Pentecostal church (which are very common in Brazil). She invited me because she saw the fears I had. As soon as I entered, the “pastor” that was ministering said that Jesus loved me and had a marvelous plan for my life; I began to cry and supposed I was converted. But it was only morality and legalism that entered my life. While in that church, I sadly did not receive biblical teaching, and I believed one could lose his salvation. I was a slave to my morality and did not rest in the blessed work of Jesus Christ for me!
After three years, I met Igor (my future husband), a member of this congregation. He was a soccer player and therefore traveled often, and I almost never saw him in church services. Later, he went to live in Spain, and when he returned on vacation in 2006, we became friends. We began to talk about missions (the little I knew about the topic), and it ended up that we fell in love and got married only four months later! After eight months of being married, we went to live in Spain, because that was where my husband’s soccer club was located.
In 2009, the Lord reached me through a sermon on the internet! We were living in very turbulent times, and I did not even feel like living anymore. It was then that I cried out to the Lord, and I realized that I was not saved and that I could not be good, for there was nothing good in me. I prayed for long hours and felt like God did not hear me. I got on the internet, and typed in the word “preaching” on YouTube, and a sermon of Brother Paul Washer’s about Matthew 7:13-29 appeared. It was marvelous! For the first time, I understood the gospel, salvation, and grace—and how I had been deceived by false teachers. Truly, the Lord showed me then and there what His gospel is—the best news of my life, that on the cross Jesus Christ paid for all my sins and rebellions against a holy, merciful, and just God! God caused me to be born again; therefore, He gave me each day a greater desire to read the Scriptures and understand them. Later, after much praying, the Lord confirmed the call for us to be missionaries.
We decided to study at a seminary in Peru in 2010. In Peru, I began to read books about biblical femininity. God had begun to answer my doubts in relation to my role as a woman, wife, sister, and daughter of God through the radio program of Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Since then, I continue reading her books, which have been a great blessing in my life.
In the midst of the struggles and tests, God sustained us under His wings. Now we are in Brazil in order for my husband to finish his theological studies and to continue serving the church. I will share with you all one of the verses that encourages me most; it is in the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (1:6).
My life is being transformed by the Word of God, through discipleship with my husband, through the church services, and through the ministry of Revive Our Hearts. Revive Our Hearts has helped me to understand the call that I have as a woman, as a daughter of God, as a wife, as a friend, and as a wife to a servant of God. It is supporting me in my devotional life. Ever since I began to scrutinize my heart more, I have felt the great need to know and love God more in a very intentional way! It is marvelous to be able to hear every day about sisters who intentionally love God and to seek Him! That encourages me to combat my sins and seek the will of the Lord. It touches me that I am not alone in this fight.
The Lord has brought different sisters near me whose need is the same—sisters who disciple one another, counsel, share their devotional lives, love, and mainly help one another to understand the gospel better and to see their blind spots which deceive them. This deception many times goes together with not understanding the biblical design of God for the woman—her true femininity. All of that is dealt with through the precious gospel of our Lord Jesus! It has been two years since I have returned to Brazil, but I have not found many women who practice what Titus 2:3-5 teaches us: “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”
I am very content with my life here with my husband. Since we arrived, we have been getting to know many churches through mission trips, and always the pastors’ wives come close to me and ask me what they could study with the women of their church. I automatically tell them that there are some books of Nancy’s in Portuguese and that the book True Woman 101 was to be released about her true divine feminine design. Something tremendous is happening. In at least four different states, more than a hundred women are studying it; and the number of emails asking me how to receive more teaching is growing every day! Matthew 9:37-38 had impacted me to write the sister Laura Gonzalez, Director of Revive Our Hearts in Spanish, to ask them to translate the teachings. Also, the doors are opening to publish more of Nancy’s books, like Seeking Him (there is much interest from an editor). I am also dreaming of doing a radio program. My pastor is willing to help, and there are brethren who have volunteered to help with the construction of the web page, and others can help with conferences. There are more than five churches involved; I have study groups three times a week in my house with sisters from four churches! I am only obeying the call to proclaim the blessed gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and serve my beloved sisters.
In regards to my family relationships, ever since I understood my role as a wife, everything has changed. There is a revival in my home! There is tremendous satisfaction in serving God, my husband, my house, and then the church. Everything is in order now! Every day we fight in order to comprehend the beauty of Christ and His love for His church, His rebellious bride! My greatest desires are those that God has for me—a simple life, full of joy to glorify Him! We do not have children yet, but we are in line for adopting. This preparation is helping us more to understand His love. We also work with children in extreme poverty; I am teaching them their alphabet twice a week.
I have given little in comparison to all I have received from Christ; to Him be all the glory!