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Barreto, Orlando Silveira (1916–1968)

By The Brazilian White Center – UNASP

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The Brazilian White Center – UNASP is a team of teachers and students at the Brazilian Ellen G. White Research Center – UNASP at the Brazilian Adventist University, Campus Engenheiro, Coelho, SP. The team was supervised by Drs. Adolfo Semo Suárez, Renato Stencel, and Carlos Flávio Teixeira. Bruno Sales Gomes Ferreira provided technical support. The following names are of team members: Adriane Ferrari Silva, Álan Gracioto Alexandre, Allen Jair Urcia Santa Cruz, Camila Chede Amaral Lucena, Camilla Rodrigues Seixas, Daniel Fernandes Teodoro, Danillo Alfredo Rios Junior, Danilo Fauster de Souza, Débora Arana Mayer, Elvis Eli Martins Filho, Felipe Cardoso do Nascimento, Fernanda Nascimento Oliveira, Gabriel Pilon Galvani, Giovana de Castro Vaz, Guilherme Cardoso Ricardo Martins, Gustavo Costa Vieira Novaes, Ingrid Sthéfane Santos Andrade, Isabela Pimenta Gravina, Ivo Ribeiro de Carvalho, Jhoseyr Davison Voos dos Santos, João Lucas Moraes Pereira, Kalline Meira Rocha Santos, Larissa Menegazzo Nunes, Letícia Miola Figueiredo, Luan Alves Cota Mól, Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Lucas Arteaga Aquino, Lucas Dias de Melo, Matheus Brabo Peres, Mayla Magaieski Graepp, Milena Guimarães Silva, Natália Padilha Corrêa, Rafaela Lima Gouvêa, Rogel Maio Nogueira Tavares Filho, Ryan Matheus do Ouro Medeiros, Samara Souza Santos, Sergio Henrique Micael Santos, Suelen Alves de Almeida, Talita Paim Veloso de Castro, Thais Cristina Benedetti, Thaís Caroline de Almeida Lima, Vanessa Stehling Belgd, Victor Alves Pereira, Vinicios Fernandes Alencar, Vinícius Pereira Nascimento, Vitória Regina Boita da Silva, William Edward Timm, Julio Cesar Ribeiro, Ellen Deó Bortolotte, Maria Júlia dos Santos Galvani, Giovana Souto Pereira, Victor Hugo Vaz Storch, and Dinely Luana Pereira.

 

 

First Published: January 29, 2020

Orlando Silveira Barreto, pastor, evangelist, and administrator, was born June 18, 1916, in the city of Alcântara, in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. He was son of Pedro Barreto and Rosina Silveira Barreto. His education was limited to four years in primary school and the first two years of secondary school.1 He married Maria Magdalena Lima on April 18, 1936.2 They had six children: Orlando, Maria de Jesus, José Carlos, Madeleine, Nathan, and Misael.3 Orlando’s conversion was the result of reading Adventist literature and the work of Pastor Gustavo Storch who held a public series of evangelistic meetings in the city of São Luís, Maranhão, around 1942. Orlando attended with his wife, and by the conclusion of the meetings, Maria decided to be baptized.4 Orlando was baptized five years later by Pastor Aldo Carvalho, on December 27, 1947.5

Orlando’s service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church began before he became a member. In October 1946, at the invitation of the Costa-Norte Mission, Orlando joined the canvassing ministry in the city of Caxias, Maranhão. In the following months he occasionally worked as a canvasser in other cities in this state and in the states of Piauí and Ceará.6 After his baptism, he continued canvassing occasionally in São Luís. Then, on July 6, 1949, he was made director of the Publishing Department of the Costa-Norte Mission. While in this position he also served as an evangelist, holding his first public series in 1951. On October 10, 1954, he left the publishing department and, at the invitation of Pastor Gustavo Storch, he began dedicating his time exclusively to evangelism. In the state of Piauí he worked in the cities of Teresina (1954-1956) and Caxias (1956-1958).7 He was involved in establishing the first local church in Caxias on July 14, 1956.8

In February 1958 Orlando was assigned to pastor the church in São Luís, and he was ordained on April 5 that year.9 In February 1960 he was transferred to the Baixo-Amazonas Mission where he was appointed pastor of the Belém Central Church in the state of Pará. Soon he was also given the church in the Pedreira district and, in November of the same year, the church of the São Braz district, both in the same city.10 Still in the Baixo-Amazonas Mission, he led the Youth, Education, and Temperance Departments.11 In 1964 he held a series of evangelistic meetings in the city of Castanhal, state of Pará, which resulted in the founding of the first local church.12 He served as pastor until 1966, when he was appointed by the North Brazil Union to be the president of this mission.13

While serving as president of the mission, an unfortunate event interrupted his service. He went to the city of Castanhal to visit some brothers in faith and drowned while crossing a lake, dying on October 20, 1968, at the age of 52.14 He was buried in the Santa Izabel cemetery in the city of Belém.15 He preached his last sermon the day before his death in the church in São Braz, in which he exhorted the members to wait confidently for Jesus’ soon return.16 

Notes

  1. Orlando Silveira Barreto’s biographical information (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC), 2.

  2. Ibid.

  3. Ibid.

  4. Copy of Orlando Silveira Barreto’s journal (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC), 2-4.

  5. Ibid., 5-11.

  6. Ibid.

  7. Ibid., 12-13, 17, 19, 21; and Orlando Silveira Barreto’s biographical information (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC) 3.

  8. Storch, Gustavo S. “Conferências em Caxias, Maranhão,” Revista Adventista, year 51, n. 3, March 1956, 24; and Barreto, Orlando S., “Notícias de Caxias, Maranhão,” Revista Adventista, year 51, n. 12, December 1956, 10.

  9. Copy of Orlando Silveira Barreto’s journal (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC), 21-24.

  10. Ibid., 24-26.

  11. Isaías B. Andrade, “Uma Vida de Contínuo Serviço,” Revista Adventista, year 64, n. 3, March 1969, 33.

  12. Orlando S. Barreto, “Conferência em Castanhal,” Revista Adventista, year 59, n. 3, March 1964, 20; and Orlando Silveira Barreto’s biographical information (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC) 3.

  13. Orlando Silveira Barreto’s biographical information (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC) 2.

  14. M. S. Nigri. “Orlando Silveira Barreto,” South American Bulletin, year 44, n. 6, November/December 1968, 8.

  15. Isaías B. Andrade, “Notícias da Igreja de S. Brás - Belém,” Revista Adventista, year 70, n. 12, December 1975, 12.

  16. Andrade, “Uma Vida de Contínuo Serviço,” 33.

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