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I Want to See Students Impacted by the Love of Christ

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Brazil is taking over DBU International social media for the month of April, and we are doing a blog series telling our wonderful Brazilian students' and faculty's, and staff's stories! Luiz Jesus is an International Administrative Recruiter and Liaison at DBU. He shared the story of how he came to DBU as a student and later became a staff member. His story is an amazing example of God’s grace and leading!

IMG 0169How did you get to DBU?

“Ever since I became a Christian at 14 years old I have had a passion for missions. I went to Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and worked with the founder of YWAM Brazil, and I met my wife on a missions trip. She is from Spain, and a couple of years after we got married we moved to Spain where we ministered as worship leaders at a church there. My sister-in-law worked at Christ for the Nations (CFNI) in Dallas, and she told us that we should come to CFNI. God ended up calling us to the U.S., and we came in 2005. We attended the pastoral and leadership school at CFNI and became licensed ministers. In 2004 I went on a missions trip to Tibet near Mt. Everest, and while I was there God spoke to me about His calling on my life. He told me that He wanted me to pursue missions in business. While we were at CFNI, God began to lead us towards DBU through friends and prayer. In 2006 I began attending DBU, and God gave me the Bible passage Joshua 1:5-9 to encourage me and confirm His working in my life. God has given me the courage and strength to do things I never thought I would do, from coming to the U.S. to attending DBU to staying at DBU instead of returning to Spain or Brazil.”

IMG 0174What do you do at DBU?

“I began as a student worker driving for the International Office, and it was very important to me to show people God’s love and grace when they got into my bus or van. I was able to minister to others and to preach the Gospel through that job. In 2008, Dr. Cook talked to me about what I was going to do after I graduated from DBU, and I told him that I was going to return to Spain and work in business as missions. He told me that he had a burden in his heart not only for Brazil, but for all of Latin America,, and that he was looking for someone to be a servant leader to these countries through DBU. He said to me, “That person is you.” He asked me to consider becoming a staff member at DBU. I had just purchased our plane tickets to go back to Europe, but I realized that I had been running away from what God was calling me to do. Matthew 6:33 says to “Seek first the kingdom of God.” The Lord guided Dr. Cook to offer me that job, and He guided me to accept it. Randy Byers, the Vice President of International Affairs, found the perfect job for me, which is recruiting, specifically in Latin America.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I love what I do. Ever since I became a Christian, my prayer has been, “Lord, if you give me nothing, but you let me see Your face and see you smile at me, I will be happy.” God has given me so much, but those things are not the focus of my life. I want to hear Christ call me His good and faithful servant. I am crazy in love with Jesus, and I want to serve Him with my whole heart. I want everything I do to be for Jesus. That is why I am at DBU. God called me here to be a part of something that is changing people’s lives and pointing them to Jesus, and I am looking forward to seeing many more International students impacted by the love of Christ.”

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Thanks, Luiz, for sharing your testimony with us, and for your passion to serve DBU students. We are so grateful for all the amazing staff here at DBU and all the work that they do to make sure DBU students succeed academically and grow spiritually!

Dr. Fleitas Interview

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Brazil has taken over DBU International's social media for the month of April, and we are beginning a blog series telling our wonderful Brazilian students' and faculty's stories. This week we interviewed Dr. Dionisio Fleitas, the Dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. Dr. Fleitas came to the U.S. from Brazil as an international student and now serves as a DBU professor.

 

When did you come to the U.S.?

“I came from Brazil to the U.S. in 1996. I came as a tourist to visit a missionary who visited our church. I had always wanted to leave Brazil and attend college in an English-speaking country. A month after I visited I returned to be a student at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. I already had a Bachelor’s degree at the time, and I began studying English. I had never heard of DBU at that time. After studying at TWU I attended the University of Texas at Arlington and got my Ph.D. in mathematics. My wife and I were not yet married, and she was still in Brazil. Three years later we got married, and she moved with me to the U.S.”

image1How did you begin working at DBU?

“After I graduated from UTA I started looking for places to work, and I sent an email to the previous math and science Dean with my resume, and she offered me a job as an adjunct professor. I started teaching math classes at DBU in 2005, and a year after that I was hired on full-time. I became the Dean three years ago. My parents are teachers, and when I was in high school I realized I wanted to be a teacher like them, but at the college level. I always liked mathematics, so I decided I wanted to be a math professor. When I was in college getting my undergraduate degree I asked God how I could minister to people through mathematics. I had doubts about whether God could use math to further His kingdom. During this time I heard a preacher preach a message about God wanting to use people from every walk of life, from politicians to preachers to mathematicians. I realized that God wanted me to continue walking the path He had prepared for me, which was to be a math teacher. I did not know at the time that I would come to the U.S. or become a professor at DBU, but now I understand that God was preparing me to be a math professor at a Christian university so I could minister to college students.”

image2 Do you have any advice for International students?

“As a former international student myself, I know that one of the biggest struggles many international students face is homesickness. My advice for international students is to embrace the culture of the country you choose to study in and immerse yourself in the experience. You need to grow roots wherever you are. This is the only way to overcome missing your country or feeling homesick, and by doing this your experience as an international student will be so much more enjoyable and memorable.”

 Thanks, Dr. Fleitas, for sharing your testimony with us and for your passion to serve and teach DBU students. We are so grateful for all the amazing faculty here at DBU and all the work that they do to make sure their students succeed academically and grow spiritually!

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