Missionary Update: Odali & Kathy Barros in Brazil [February 2012]

Odali and Kathy Barros have served the Lord in Sao Paulo, Brazil for many years. In addition to leading their newest church, they also run "Alpha Omega Family Development," which provides a home and stability for needy people, many of whom are recovering drug addicts, etc.

Time does not stop or wait, it keeps on moving, we must not loss time in sharing God’s love to those around us. The real purpose of why God put us on earth!! The final goal is eternity. Unfortunately most of the time we spend planning our earthly gains and forget the best investment of all times. SOULS! I pray each one of us will remember that the coming of our Savior is closer each day. That we will use each opportunity we have to tell someone about Jesus. We need to live a life that others may see Jesus in us.

Last Sunday we had a wonderful Sunday school. But, there was a specific thing that happened that touched my heart. One of the ladies who live with us, who has used drugs most of her life, asked me to go get a friend to come to church. I went with her to get her friend. The location is the worst place for drugs in this town. As I drove up the streets was full of people just standing around, drugged, drunk or both. People just standing around, with know meaning to life. The ladies husband at first hesitated in letting her go, but the friend finally convened him to let her come. When we got to church the bus route that Odali drives arrived. All of a sudden the lady I brought was hugging a little girl. It was the ladies daughter that she had not seen for 4 months. Because of the kind of life she was living the courts gave the children to her sister that does not let her see them. What a place to meet, at God’s house. This is only one story, but like this one there are many others. Pray for these children and these families that we can above all things place in their hearts that God loves them and that He died on the cross for our sins. That is worth living for!!!! God’s plan for us is simple. Let us not complicate it.

We have had lots of rain here in Brasil. Thankfully where we live is so high up that we do not run the danger of flooding. But in other places they have not been so fortunate. Many places have had some serious damage.

God has given us the opportunity to preach to 5 states with out going out of our house! Maybe you’re asking how could that be possible? Down the road from our house a construction company is building over 700 houses. The company needed a place to sleep their construction workers and came to talk to us. We let them use one of the halls where we used to have the school. They pay for the utilities they use. They are from at least 5 different states.

Most of them are from state in northeast Brasil. A mission field right in our yard! At the end of each day they play soccer with the guys that lives here at Alpha and Omega. We have made it a project to gain these men by our testimony. They have been here for 2 weeks. We have had the privileged of several of them come to church. Pray for them as they hear the gospel that they may understand and receive Him as Savior. Can you imagine these men getting saved and then going back to their families?! We praise God for this opportunity!

Kathy with her brother, missionary Paul Hatcher, and her son Gabriel.

I took our 3 boys to camp last week. What a time of refreshing. It is fun to watch them grow and enjoy camp in a different way. They made many new friends from other churches. They just had lots of fun and fellowship with other Christian teenagers. I also had a great time with my brother Paul and his wife Wanda and my parents. It is not often that we get together.

Odali & Kathy Barros
Caixa Postal 182
17400-000 Garca, SP
Brasil, S.A.

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