The Danbury Council of Pastors (CONPAS) gathered in the morning of January 17 with local business owners to pray for the city’s prosperity and, therefore, to plant the seed of unity among business entrepreneurs in Danbury.
The meeting was held at the Assembly of God Church, with the attendance of many local and regional religious leaders. Pr. Silvani DaSilva, CONPAS president, took the initiative to foster interaction among attendees and emphasize the importance of the event.
“The idea of this meeting flourished when we identified the need to unite our fellow Brazilians who are business owners in the Danbury and neighboring towns to pray. Our goal is to pray together for the city of Danbury because we believe if the city prospers we will also prosper. Prayer has magnificent power in the presence of God,” he explained.
Pr. DaSilva believes that the meeting fostered interaction among old acquaintances and provided an opportunity for participants to meet other individuals who are starting new businesses in Danbury.
“The breakfast promoted good dialogue among friends while providing an opportunity to meet new ones because the number of Brazilians opening businesses in our community is always growing,” he said, highlighting, “It is interesting because we all get so involved in our daily tasks and have no time to meet and have a good conversation with other business owners.”
For Sergio Castro, owner of Castro’s Auto Detailing & Window Tinting in Danbury, the meeting was very positive and most needed for local business owners.
“I thought that CONPAS’ initiative to promote that meeting was very interesting and important for our community. I believe that our business community needs to be more united and share more moments like this.”
Castro said that he was very happy with the event and hopes similar events will take place more often. “We need to be united to have a voice. It was also interesting to be able to know the work of other business owners that I was unaware of.”
CONPAS intends to make the business owners gathering more frequent and transform the attendees into a strong and unified group, said Pr. DaSilva.
“I was very happy with the outcome and attendance of so many people. They all came from Brazil with the intention to pursue their ‘American dream.’ I am happy to see that they were able to transform their dreams into reality. I truly hope from the bottom of my heart that this first meeting can connect business owners and, consequently, help our community continue to grow.”