Home Call of Clessio

Clessio giving a tour of the rehabilitation center

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:15

Enio opened the door of the truck for me, as soon as the truck stopped today, in Igapó. “Clessio was killed,” he said.
“He came home from work, took off his hat and started to sit down when three kids broke into the house carrying huge guns. They told my wife to take the children out and said they had come for Clessio. Clessio did not recognize them, but told them that they did not want to do this. He said, ‘I am saved; I have Jesus in my heart. You need to be saved. He will change your life.’ They started to shoot and they kept shooting until he fell to the ground. He was dead.”

Clessio was saved in October 2009. He came off the streets, got saved and spent one year in rehab. He memorized scripture continually while there. The rehab director, Murillo, once told me, “That boy of yours, Clessio, he is something special.”

Clessio by his bunk

Clessio was burdened about his friends still on the streets. The last thing he said to me was, “Mae, (he called me mom) when I go to see them, I think of where I was and I feel so sad for them that they’re still there.”

A large group gathered around us tonight. No one can figure out why this happened. Clessio was working full time, his life was changed, and he was trying to help others. Enio said it best: “Clessio was ready to die and he died telling his killers about Jesus.”

So, we asked the group, “If this had been you that died, where would you be?”

Clessio telling us about his Savior

Pray for Clessio’s friends that are still on the streets. Pray for Clessio’s mom who is not saved, his two unsaved brothers-Cleberton and Clayton-and for his grandmother who is saved. Lord Willing, we will visit them on Saturday or Monday in João Camara, about two hours from Natal.

Clessio is Home with our Savior. And we are left feeling so very Homesick.

A smile and at peace


  1. Janice Nason says

    My heart goes out to you all. I remember when you helped him and got him into Rehab. At least, I think Clessio is the one? Seems so terrible to us (which it is) but God will bring good out of this. Will be praying for you, his Mom, 2 brothers, his grandmother and friends on the street.

  2. Michelle Fanfarillo says

    Mark, Lori — I am so sad. I am praying for you all. I trust the Lord that He knows all He has planned and is going to use this for his Glory and for good. I fee like I know Clessio from all of your stories – I pray God comforts you and strengthens you and keeps you moving through this… all our love and prayers are with you.

    • Michelle. That is exactly it; only and all for His Glory. Whatever dreams we had for Clessio, his Savior’s dreams are bigger and better.

  3. Carmel&Anthony says

    So heartsore for you all. Love and prayers for strength and comfort.

  4. Paul and Beccy Beattie says

    So sorry for your loss. Though we did not know him personally, we feel so much for you all.

    • Beccy, how I wish you were here to give me one of your strong hugs. I am so sorry that Clessio never met you; you would have bowled him over with your love and warmth.

  5. so so sorry for you all going through yet another tragedy – praying for each of you and all his family

  6. Mark & Lori,

    If Clessio was the only fruit you were to see from your efforts in Brazil, your work for the Lord has been 100% successful! Even so the whole creation is groaning daily(Romans 8:22) at our loss; he was our brother too, no?

    While most of us won’t feel the physical loss, as you do, as you think on these things, the Lord has been blessed by Clessio’s untimely home-call. It shows you have stepped from a more lethargic life in Melrose, to the frontline battleground, where satan’s despicable work is more dramatically evident.. At least Clessio was rescued from his clutches and he escaped being devoured. (I Peter 5:8)

    In the word’s of another brother already gone home(J.Vernon Magee), Keep looking up!

    Yours in Christ,

    Job 19:25

  7. David & Cindy Valvano says

    Mark / Lori:
    Praying for you.
    Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

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