|Josh and Paola on their wedding day, May 10, 2009|
Written by my brother, Josh Bradfield:
Josh here. In my opinion I have the most wonderful woman in the world (Paola Bradfield) who I am so blessed to have. I Thank God for her everyday! Our love story is anything but normal and that’s kind of the way I like it. I’m not the kind of guy who just wants to settle for an ordinary life in the same small town where I was born, not that there’s anything wrong with living in Rome GA, but I have a heart for other nations including Brazil, where the fire of God burns hot. My first visit to Brazil was in November of 2003 with evangelist Vincent Skinner. I also had the privilege of spending a lot of quality time with a good friend of mine, James Padley and his awesome family and friends. The passion that these Brazilian churches exhibited left a mark on me that I couldn’t erase. Their zeal for God was made apparent by their vibrant worship, love for the word, and evangelism. Also, I was told that Brazilian girls make better wives (no offense American women) and I noticed they were very sweet. I just wanted to marry someone who places little value on “things” and much value on serving God, regardless of where they were from.
Well, I was on myspace one day doing one of those “friends of friends searches” when I noticed a picture of a beautiful young lady from Sao Luis Brazil that I had never seen before. The moment I read her profile, I knew she was sold out and in love with Jesus, so I sent her a short message to introduce myself and see if she would respond. She did respond and we began corresponding regularly. Given the fact that she was in another country, and she didn’t even live close to any of my friends in Brazil, I didn’t expect anything more than just a Godly female pen pal. How would I ever really meet her in person? Well, for a long time I had been planning to revisit my good old friends in Brazil while taking another missions trip with Vincent. One of our dates was canceled, so I had to wait a few more months to go. During that time, the devil was really attacking my finances and this was causing me to reconsider my decision to go to Brazil. But God in His faithfulness provided the means for the money and I did go. However, there was one problem.