God called Stephanie de Oliveira to preach in a dream. At the age of 16, she dreamed that she was preaching to a multitude of people from many nations. Several pastors confirmed her calling, and she now serves as the missions pastor at Calvario City Church, Orlando.
In her role, Stephanie guides a future generation into the mission field.
“Missions is the heartbeat of God, and we are all called to missions,” she said.
She plans short-term mission trips, as well as the church’s annual missions convention. The missions convention exposes the congregation to the needs and opportunities surrounding them through education, prayer and international speakers.
“You don’t necessarily have to go internationally, but you can pray and give,” Stephanie said. “You can witness in your work place or on the university campus. We begin in our own Jerusalem and then go to Samaria and then to the ends of the earth.”
Calvario City Church financially supports more than 70 missionaries. While these missionaries serve around the world, Stephanie provides prayer support and daily communication, as well as leads outreach in the Orlando community.
“Sometimes you don’t have to go far,” she said. “People in need are right in front of us, even people who have not heard of the Gospel. Many people within our own borders have never heard of Jesus.”
Calvario City Church helps the low-income families and homeless population in their neighborhood by providing clothing, services and access to resources. The church is also a collections center for Operation Christmas Child.