Rev Gunnar Vingren

Rev Gunnar Vingren

Birth
Ostra Husby, Norrköpings kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden
Death 29 Jun 1933 (aged 53)
Sweden
Burial Enskede, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Memorial ID 52056870 · View Source
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Was born on August 8, 1879 in the town of Ostra Husby, Sweden. His father was a gardener, a profession that Vingren followed up to age 19. It was created in a true Christian home. Replacing his father in Sunday School at 18, the Holy Spirit spoke to his heart that it would be a missionary.
Your Preparation
In 1898, Vingren had the opportunity to attend a Bible School. Later that month's studies began missionary work within their country. In 1903, he traveled to the United States joining the Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago. In 1909, God filled him with a great thirst as to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which was soon to receive. In preaching this truth to the church pastored, the problems started, the church was divided between those who believed and those who did not believe in his preaching. He went then to South Bend, Indiana, where the church has received with joy the Good News, became a Pentecostal church with 20 baptized in the Holy Spirit in the first summer.
Your Call To Brazil
At a prayer meeting was revealed, one of the brothers present, that Gunnar Vingren serve the Lord in Pará was discovered later that it was a state in northern Brazil. At another prayer meeting, Daniel Berg, his future companion, who had met at a conference in Chicago, was asked to accompany him to Brazil. After that, it did not take long for the field trip to become a reality. His last days were in America of evidence, a certificate that it was God who called them for the great missionary work. Finally, on November 5, 1910, from the port of New York bound for Belem do Para
Adapting to the Field
On November 19 landed on Brazilian soil. With some difficulty, mainly because they did not speak the native language, came to the house of a Baptist minister who offered them accommodation inside a dark hallway with no windows in the basement of the house. To learn the Portuguese, Daniel worked in a foundry during the day while studying Gunnar, and at night, Gunnar shared what he had learned. Despite the poverty, simplicity of diet, disease, heat and mosquitoes, the flame of the Gospel filled their hearts with joy increasingly thus alleviate the suffering.
First Assembly of God
After six months, Vingren was invited to lead a prayer service. Took the opportunity to teach about the operations of the Holy Spirit and divine healing. During that week, in prayer meetings in homes, the Lord healed the lady Celina Albuquerque from an incurable disease, and days later baptized with the Holy Spirit, and then the first person in Brazil to receive the promise. The following week, the pastor came by surprise on one of those services. After declaring several charges, implying that they were teaching false doctrines, caused a division in the church resulting in the exclusion of missionaries and more than eighteen members who supported them. Then on June 18, 1911, the so-called "excluded from the Baptist Church" formed the first Assembly of God.
Advancement of Work
Missionary work did not stop. Moving from town to town, the gospel was preached and the miracles happened. They suffered much persecution, especially by Catholics who were taught that the Protestant Bible was false, and if anyone read it would be driven to hell. Despite the difficulties, they passed through, the Lord healed, saved, baptized with the Holy Spirit and manifested their power through their gifts, signs and wonders. Thus, the number of believers grew each day. They watched, too, the end of those who stood up against the work because it was God himself who gave them the reward. In the first four years of study were 384 people baptized in the waters and 276 in the Holy Spirit in the church of Belem do Para After five years in Brazilian lands Vingren went to Sweden, where for three months could share the wonders God wrought in Brazil. Shortly before his return, he met a nurse named Frida Strandberg who had also called missionary to Brazil. Later, they married in Belém do Pará in hopes that all of Brazil received the message were sent missionaries to Alagoas and Pernambuco. Gunnar Vingren with his family went south, passing through Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina and then other cities in the state of Sao Paulo. After another series of trips, Gunnar returned a few years later to reside permanently in Rio de Janeiro. As in Pará, the Pentecostal work in Rio de Janeiro grew exponentially. Vingren participated there's edition of the newspaper "Messengers of Peace", in addition to his work as pastor and evangelist. 5 to September 10, 1930 was an important National Conference of Pentecostal workers in Natal, the main decision was that the missionary work in the northern region would be addressed only by national workers. The following years were of great expansion of work, mainly in Rio de Janeiro. On August 15, 1932, Gunnar Vingren the pastor and his family bade farewell to the church in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil back to Sweden.
His Last Days
Gunnar Vingren, at which time he lived in Brazil, has some health problems that worsened after he returned to Sweden. On June 29, 1933 he entered the eternal rest. His wife, through a letter sent to Brazil, described the peace, confidence and comfort stamped on the countenance of Gunnar in his last moment.
Vingren family an existence for the glory of God.


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  • Created by: bemlhaes
  • Added: 6 May 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 52056870
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Gunnar Vingren (8 Aug 1879–29 Jun 1933), Find a Grave Memorial no. 52056870, citing Skogskyrkogården, Enskede, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden ; Maintained by bemlhaes (contributor 47281718) .