I grew up in Brazil in a Christian home. I come from a family with a large tradition of having Christian leaders, pastors, and missionaries. My father was a pastor and my mom missionary.
My dad’s father was also a pastor and one of my aunts founded a mission that had a national impact on the country. I have uncles and aunts from both sides of the family involved in ministries and my immediate family was exposed to different Christian denominations. After investigating my family background and descendancy, I found out that my mom’s surname (Carvalho) belongs to a Jewish Sephardic family who fled the inquisition in Portugal around 1540. The government of Portugal published names of hundreds of Sephardi families based on the books of inquisition. Not only my mom’s surname was in the list, but also all other surnames from my mom’s family tree. Names such as Avelar, Pereira & Paiva. Those names were officially recognized by Portugal in 2015 as Jewish families who fled Europe in those days. On my dad’s side, I have a little tiny bit of heritage of Ashkenazi Jews. Maybe that is why I always loved the Jewish people and tradition! those feelings were there even growing up as gentile unaware of my Jewish heritage!
In Brazil, I graduated from college and obtained a master’s degree in Psychology. I settled down in the United States in 2001.
Currently, my full-time position as a mental health clinician is a task that I seek the Lord’s guidance. Talking to the crippled, broken and rejected isn’t simple. Their need is primarily spiritual. I pray that my office in that clinic is always an oracle of the Holy Spirit. The clinic where I counsel is located in the impoverished areas of North Philadelphia. The region is basically a violent, spiritually dark and depressing zone.
I learned how human suffering is ultimately the same across countries and cultures. These years providing therapy and counseling inspired me to publish a book in Brazil. “Recomeço – esperança para Cristãos vítimas de abuso emocional” (New beginning – hope for Christians victims of emotional abuse) addressing how believers can overcome unhealthy relationship dynamics.
My full name, Guilherme Sazonov, hasn’t been exactly affable to American ears, and I’m known as Gee. It may be hard to believe to some, but my name in English is William. Guillermo, in Italian or Spanish. I’ve been married for 16 years to Kathy, a native from New Jersey. We both are dog lovers. We love our Jewish background and we have a passion for our Jewish roots and Israel.
Standing with Zion is an on-line Messianic Jewish & Christian ministry which includes this website & you tube channels in English and in Portuguese. These media platforms aim to accomplish the following goals:
- To learn about Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah of Israel and of the world
- Defend and support Israel and the Jewish people.
- To connect with the Jewish roots of Christianity.
- To study the Biblical Scriptures and grow spiritually
- Confront anti-semitism and replacement theology
Contact Gee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell (856) 340-2376