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Yolanda Anversa da Silva

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Silva, Yolanda Anversa da (1917–2010)

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.

 

 

Yolanda Anversa da Silva, evangelist and educator, was born July 14, 1917, in the city of Chavantes, São Paulo, Brazil.1 She was the daughter of Hermínio (1892-1961) and Ida Anversa (1894-1969),2 both Italian. Her parents had nine other children: Armando, Roberto, Aldo, Hugo, another one with the same name, Maria Elisa, Maria Aparecida, Enide, and Waldemar.3 Yolanda’s childhood was spent at her hometown4 where her first school was Escola Reunidas.5 Around 1927 the family first heard the Adventist message through Dorinha de Nóbrega Soares. Since there wasn’t an Adventist church in their town, they worshiped in their own house.6 Around 1930 they moved to the city of São Paulo where they were able to attend an Adventist church.7 On January 30, 1937, Yolanda was baptized by Pastor Siegfried Hoffman at the Sao Paulo SDA Central Church.8

The following year she became a Bible instructor for the São Paulo Conference, where she worked until 1939.9 In 1940 she studied theology for one year at Brazil College. There she met Waldemar Rodrigues da Silva10 (1913-1988),11 whom she married on May 5, 1941, at the São Paulo Central Church.12 From this union were born three girls: Júnia (1942-), Nívea (1944-2015), and Liliana (1958-).13

During her childhood Yolanda developed an appreciation for reading the Bible. She completed her first one-year Bible reading plan at the age of 16. She turned this into a habit that lasted 74 years.14 In 1959, encouraged by her friends and family, she participated in a Bible contest promoted by Hebrew School, in the city of São Paulo, and she won the first place.15 In 1961 she participated in her second Bible contest, promoted by Kol Israel, an Israeli radio corporation. The final test took place in Jerusalem, and by the end of the contest Yolanda and a Yemeni rabbi who represented Israel were tied. As a tie-breaker, it was decided to create a question about diaspora. Yolanda answered it correctly, but the rabbi got additional points for extensive passages quoted by heart. At first the gold medal was given only to the Yemeni; but this decision was reconsidered since she—being just a teacher, mother, and housewife—had answered as if she were a Bible scholar. Thus, both of them got first place.16

After winning the first contest, she worked as director and secretary at the Women’s Department of the Brazilian Bible Society during the 1960’s.17 She also taught first grade in the Adventist schools of Vila Mariana and Lapa, in the city of São Paulo (1956-1961). Next she taught in two public schools (1962-1967). Between 1969 and 1977, she was at Brazil College where she taught religion in elementary school through higher education. She was also director of the Parent and Teacher Association and of the primary education. She worked at Brazil College from 1980 to 1983 as well.18 She wrote the following books: Histórias da Tia Yolanda [Stories of Uunty Yolanda],19 Joias infantis: Historietas morais e instrutivas [Children’s Jewels: Moral and Instructive Stories],20 and Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus [Yolanda, Simply to the Glory of God].21 She died May 24, 2010, at the age of 93, in the city of Curitiba, Paraná, and was buried at Barreirinha cemetery.22 Her example of dedication to the study of the Bible is an incentive for others to appreciate the Holy Scriptures.

Sources

Blacke, Gunther H. “Novas da Colina Iaense – Novos Professores.” Revista Adventista, year 64, n. 7, July 1969, 27. Accessed September 6, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

da Silva, Waldemar R., “Anversa.” Revista Adventista, year 64, n. 10, October 1969, 34. Accessed September 6, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

da Silva, Yolanda Anversa, Histórias de tia Yolanda. Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, 1994.

da Silva, Yolanda Anversa, Jóias infantis: historietas morais e instrutivas. Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, n. d.

da Silva, Yolanda Anversa, Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus. São Paulo, SP: Congraf, n. d.

Jaquenod, H. “Adventists Win Awards in the Jerusalem Bible Contest.” Review and Herald, v. 138, n. 49, 1961, 1, 5. Accessed September 6, 2017, http://documents.adventistarchives.org/Periodicals/RH/RH19611207-V138-49.pdf.

Nigri, M. “Meios e maneiras pelos quais se conhece a Igreja Adventista,” Revista Adventista, year 59, n. 7, July 1964, 2. Accessed June 24, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

“Nívea Rodrigues Hannemann.” Revista Adventista, year 111, n. 1307, March 2016, 32. Accessed September 6, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

Pinheiro, P. “Atentos a Cada Página.” Revista Adventista, year 101, n. 1, January 2006, 7. Accessed June 21, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook. Washington, DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1940. Accessed June 28, 2016, http://docs.adventistarchives.org/docs/YB/YB1940__B.pdf#view=fit.

Silva, Y. “Tributo de Amor Filial,” Revista Adventista, year 56, n. 4, April 1961, 32. Accessed June 23, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

“Waldemar Rodrigues da Silva,” Revista Adventista, year 84, n. 5, May 1988, 21. Accessed February 1, September 5, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

“Yolanda Anversa Silva,” Revista Adventista, year 105, n. 1226, July 2010, 41. Accessed June 23, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

Notes

  1. Pinheiro, P., “Atentos a Cada Página,” Revista Adventista, year 101, n. 1, January 2006, 7.

  2. Júnia Rodrigues Endruveit, email to Giovanna de Castro Vaz, October 1, 2017.

  3. Yolanda Anversa da Silva, Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus (São Paulo, SP: Congraf, n. d.), 11, 21-26; Waldemar R. da Silva, “Anversa,” Revista Adventista, year 64, n. 10, October 1969, 34.

  4. da Silva, Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus, 3-18.

  5. Ibid., 8.

  6. Ibid., 31-35.

  7. Ibid., 18-19, 36.

  8. Ibid., 40.

  9. Ibid., 47; and “São Paulo Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1940) 192.

  10. da Silva, Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus, 49-51; and Júnia Rodrigues Endruveit, email to Giovanna de Castro Vaz, October 1, 2017.

  11. “Waldemar Rodrigues da Silva,” Revista Adventista, year 84, n. 5, May 1988, 21.

  12. Ibid.; and Júnia Rodrigues Endruveit, email to Giovanna de Castro Vaz, October 1, 2017.

  13. “Waldemar Rodrigues da Silva,” Revista Adventista, year 84, n. 5, May 1988, 21; Júnia Rodrigues Endruveit, email to Giovanna de Castro Vaz, October 1, 2017; and “Nívea Rodrigues Hannemann,” Revista Adventista, year 111, n. 1307, March 2016, 32.

  14. da Silva, Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus, 69.

  15. Ibid., 69-70; and Pinheiro, P., “Atentos a Cada Página,” Revista Adventista, year 101, n. 1, January 2006, 7.

  16. da Silva, Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus, 82-93; Jaquenod, H., “Adventists Win Awards in the Jerusalem Bible Contest,” Review and Herald, v. 138, n. 49, 1961, 1, 5; Nigri, Moisés S., “A Igreja Adventista,” Revista Adventista, year 59, n. 7, July 1964, 2-3; and “Yolanda Anversa Silva,” Revista Adventista, year 105, n. 1226, July 2010, 41.

  17. da Silva, Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus, 113-114.

  18. Ibid., 106-110; Blacke, Gunther H., “Novas da Colina Iaense – Novos Professores,” Revista Adventista, year 64, n. 7, July 1969, 27; and Júnia Rodrigues Endruveit, email to Giovanna de Castro Vaz, October 1, 2017.

  19. da Silva, Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus, 160.

  20. Yolanda Anversa da Silva, Jóias infantis: historietas morais e instrutivas. (Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, n. d.), 94.

  21. da Silva, Yolanda, Simplesmente para a glória de Deus, 130.

  22. “Yolanda Anversa Silva,” Revista Adventista, year 105, n. 1226, July 2010, 41; and Júnia Rodrigues Endruveit, email to Giovanna de Castro Vaz, October 1, 2017.

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