My father in law, Rev. Eudo Tavares de Almeida, passed away on Monday, July 20.
UPDATE*July 27, 2009
The memorial service was held on Saturday, July 25, at 10:30 am, at the New Bedford International Church of the Nazarene, 278 Pleasant St, New Bedford, MA. On behalf of the family, I thank everyone who came to pay respects to Rev. Almeida and listen to just a little bit of what his life was all about. May many people follow the type of example he showed as a Christian).
He is, as some would say, from the old school. A native of the island of Boa Vista, he was a pastor way back years ago in the Cape Verde Islands, and was a colleague of my father, the Rev. Ilidio Silva. Before that, he was also a very accomplished and skilled soccer player, but turned down the opportunity to continue as a professional, and instead answered the call of God to the ministry.
After pastoring in Cape Verde, he moved to Brazil with his family to pastor and plant churches there. He then finally came to the United States and settled in Fall River, MA. He also went to serve for two years in Holland, and then in Portugal. He never stopped preaching. After retirement, and until he became ill last Fall, he was on the pastoral staff at New Bedford International Church of the Nazarene, and was the Portuguese Sunday School teacher.
He wrote hundreds of articles for various Christian publications, including major contributions to the Herald of Holiness. He also wrote two books, “Believe It Or Not” and “The Prose of A Pastor” (both in Portuguese). In addition, Pastor T. de Almeida has two poetry books that have not been published yet. He wrote numerous articles for the local newspapers “Portuguese Times” and “O Jornal.”
Years after both he and my dad left the Islands and eventually came here, I married his youngest daughter, Mónica.
He was the kind of preacher and pastor that is needed so sorely today: uncompromising in preaching the gospel, honest and truthful. In the past year, his example was encouraging as I began fighting my own battles in this spiritual warfare that we are in.
He lived another 7 months after being given 3 days to live. Throughout his illness he preached the gospel to every doctor and nurse that saw him. It reflected his passion to help every person to encounter Jesus and receive forgiveness of their sins. One of the nurses who spent time with him, through his testimony to her, re-committed her life to the Lord; another, returned to her church. Another nurse, a devout Roman Catholic, claimed, from the first time she entered Pastor T. de Almeida’s house, something made her feel at peace “in this house” and eventually she found out that it was Jesus.
He was ahead of most in warning about the dangers of ecumenism. His knowledge of the scriptures was his weapon in defending the faith. In a note from one of his notebooks, he said the following:
- “An evangelical church as one, united in idolatry, superstition and distortion of the scriptures, would be a great tragedy for the cause of Christ. The prophet Amos asked: “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Amos 3:3
Certainly not! It would be a tragedy, a terrible injustice to those who gave their lives in the fires, those who were drawn and quartered, or decapitated, or strangled, [for the sake of Jesus Christ].”
“Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,[a] were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—” Heb. 11:35-37
We would do well to take heed of this warning, which he gave years ago.
Rev. Almeida was 84 years old. He leaves his wife Arlinda, 13 children, 29 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter, Destiny.
He fought the good fight. He kep the faith. He was faithful to the Lord, and we thank God for his example.
With my sons Tiago and Isaac, in 2007