The Pastor-in-charge of Brazilian Assemblies of God Church, Felisberto Sampaio and his wife, Inalda, have tragically died while trying to save their 13-year-old son from drowning during a vacation trip to the beach.
According to reports, Sampaio, 43, and his wife, 42, saw their teenage son struggling in the water at Camcari Beach in Brazil on Jan. 10. Both parents entered the ocean in an attempt to rescue their boy, but they failed to reach him.
Harping on the development, Civil Police said a fisherman and one of his family members pulled Ian Sampaio out of the water safely, but both parents failed to emerge from the ocean. It was also reported that the local fire department confirmed to “Universo Online” that the victims were eventually removed from the water and that paramedics attempted to revive them, but soon after declared the couple dead at the scene.
Official records have it that Felisberto had spent the last 12 years as a pastor at the Assemblies of God Church in Quixaba, Paraíba. The family reportedly was spending a couple of days in the Paraíba city of Lucena.
NCNC learnt that the couple’s tragic death was mourned by churchgoers, including Leonardo Meneses, a pastor at a church Felisberto and Inalda frequently attended.
“I know that the circumstances are painful and difficult for us to understand; only eternity will explain all the mysteries of life,” Meneses said.
In a post on Facebook, a Brazilian resident familiar with the couple, Naldo Santos, wrote “A couple of God’s servants, a true example of Christians and who were loved and cherished by all who lived together. May the God of infinite mercy receive them in the kingdom of His glory and may they rest in peace.”
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