Missionary Update: Odali & Kathy Barros in Brazil [May 2014]

Odali and Kathy Barros served the Lord in Sao Paulo, Brazil together from 1987-2013. In late 2013, they transitioned to Manaus in Northern Brazil to start sharing the Gospel and planting churches in villages along the river.

Dear  Brothers and Sisters,

We praise God for all the things that He has done the last couple of months.  As we mentioned in our last letter, we were visiting the communities that are within an hour or two from where we live.  After going several places, we have finally found several places to work.  One of the communities is called Ubim.  There were a couple of adults who used to go to the church where my brother is pastor. They moved to this community. While we were there visiting the town, we asked some people if they knew these people. Praise God, the first person we asked knew them and where they lived.  We went to their home to visit them and ask them if they would like to have services in their home.  They said, “Sure you can have services here.”  Praise God!

Barros River MinistryWhile we were visiting one day, I decided to go by the school and see if there was a possibility of using the school building for some special program. Well, was I surprised when I talked to the principal. Said, “Sure, and it would be great if you could do something for the kids in school.  You can come every Thursday if you want and stay from 9:00 to 11:00 am.” We will have our first program with them next week.  We are really excited.  There are 300 kids in the school from 1st grade to 8th grade.  We will start working with 180 kids from 1st to 4th grade. There are some kids that come to the service we have on Monday that go to that school.  We are really excited and looking forward to what God is going to do in this community.  This community is right off the river, a highway on one side and the Amazon River on the other.  On the river side you go to an Indian village.  Toe this village you have to be invited or have permission from the chief.  The chief´s daughter has been to one of our services.  Also, we visited another community farther away.  We had visited it before and were checking to see if they had a Baptist church.  There is no Baptist church but we did find a Baptist man who wants to have services is his home.  God has just done so many wonderful things.  We are already making plans to get started there.

This month we also helped at my brother’s church with a fundraiser. They are trying to finish the church building. The building they use does not belong to the church and they need to move.  The fundraiser went well and the raised $ 3,000 dollars.  They were all very excited.  We were glad we could be of help to the church.

We thank all of you for your prayers and for your financial support.   Please continue to pray for us as we work in these new places that God will direct us each step of the way, and that many may come to know the Lord and Savior.  God bless each of you!

In Christ,

Odali, Kathy
Titus, Jonas and Gabriel

Odali & Kathy Barros
Manaus, Brasil, SA

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