First Mission Trip of 2021

Mike and Beverly Creiglow have served the Lord in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil together since 1971. In addition to pastoring First Baptist of Cruzeiro do Sul, Mike builds his own boats and frequently travels up and down rivers to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.

January 27, 2021

Dear Brethren,

Things are far from normal. Yet the rainy season has started and the rivers are coming up. We are enjoying pretty good health. The church continues to meet, albeit with much lower than normal attendance. People have been saved in almost every service. Fear and panic is still widespread. We have lost many friends and brothers. Many more are still coming down with the virus. Vaccinations have started here in Brazil. So it is a mixed bag.

Pastor Ezi and I went on our first mission trip last week. We went up the Moa River to visit 2 of our works. We were in the open boat with smaller outboard. I was not sure how I would do manually starting and running the engine as my strength is still not where I was. On top of that we got rained on big time going and coming. Rain always presents a big challenge and even bigger on a small, winding river. All went very well though. God continues to give me strength and He is a great pilot.

We dedicated the new building at Serra do Moa (Mountains on the Moa River). We held 4 services with them. Missionary Rivaldo is doing great. He worked there when we first started the congregation. Later he took care of 2 other fields. Now he is back where he started his ministry 24 years ago. This is he fourth building that we have put up. The first three were tiny wood frame structures that didn’t last that long. This time they put in a concrete foundation and partial brick walls. The rest is wood, but this one should last much longer. The last building is still in good shape and is used for Sunday School.

There were over 200 people present. Most of these were from 5 of our other congregations downriver. There 4 professions of faith. I baptized 8 on Sunday morning. This was squeezed in between rainstorms. The rains hardly ever stopped. In fact, we were scheduled to be with our mission at República (Nukini Indian reservation), but the missionary and his family were not able to return because of the rain. We plan to visit them in a few more days.

One thing that was sad was seeing the reach of the panic over the virus reach all the way up river. They were handing out masks and spraying gel at the door of the new church building. Now, I am not against masks at the right place and time, but this was very disheartening to see. Many of them had their masks on upside down! The reach of tyranny seems to have no limit.

The new 25HP 4 stroke outboard worked very well. Thanks to all who have helped me purchase and maintain my boats and motors.

Thanks for all of your prayers and support. God bless you as much as He has us.

In Christ,
Mike Creiglow

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Mike & Beverly Creiglow
Caixa Postal 24
69980 Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre
Brasil, SA
mdcreig@hotmail.com

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Open Doors in New Community

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.

February 14, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This beginning of the year has been really great! God has been working and opening doors for us to do new work for His kingdom.

We were offered a church that is in a small community not too far from us. Actually, it is the first community once you cross the bridge from Manaus going to where we live. Pray that God will give wisdom and strength to not give up. Like so many other communities around us, there are not many good things going on, but drugs and prostitutions are predominating in these places. There are so many kids and teens in these places. The enemy knows where to work and do his job and so many times those who call themselves Christians don’t have time to do God’s work. Actually when we mentioned to some people about the work there they said, “You’re crazy, that’s a waste of time.” Well, our Lord went where the people who needed to hear were. May God direct our path each day. There is lots of work to be done on the building and part of the building the pastor that left there had rented it to a man who owned a construction store. We won’t have that part for another 2 months. The people who are still going that stayed together from what was left from the church seem to be getting excited. Pray for them!

Kathy had a wonderful experience this week. She had to go to a health department to get a document for the boy who lives with us to have for school. This village is on the way to where she goes every Monday for the kids’ work in Ubim. She got to talking to the nurse and they got on the subject of church. Kathy mentioned she did a kids program in Ubim. The lady then mentioned that she had to 2 kids and she was worried because there was nothing for the kids in that village, there was lots of drugs and prostitution. Kathy told her, “Maybe we can do something here also.” She smiled. Then she asked me,
“Can I visit the work you do in Ubim?” Kathy said, “Sure. It starts at 5 every Monday.”

Last Sunday we had Baptism day! We make this day a special time to be together. Since everyone lives so far away, we always make the effort of making this a very special day. We have lunch and baptism and then fellowship. This baptism was very special for the mission in the community of Mutirão. They had the first adult man to be baptized. We had two men From Pedras Vivas to be baptized and 3 teens. What a blessing!

We appreciate your prayers and your support! Thanks for being a part of this ministry! God bless each of you!

Love in Christ our Savior,
Odali and Kathy

Odali & Kathy Barros
Iranduba, Amazonas
Brasil, S.A.
odali_kathy[at]hotmail.com

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The Lord at Work in Tipisca, Peru


Mike and Beverly Creiglow have served the Lord in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil together since 1971. In addition to pastoring First Baptist of Cruzeiro do Sul, Mike builds his own boats and frequently travels up and down rivers to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.

March 21, 2019

Dear Brethren,

A few days ago Zico (our missions director) and Lúcio Maia went with me up river to the border and beyond. The first leg of the trip took us all the way to the border village of Foz do Breu. It took us over 11 hours to do those almost 300 miles. We had some engine trouble, but still made it before dark.

People are moving back to the village and we had really good crowds for the services, over 70 people. Before heading into Peru we held a morning baptism service. I baptized 12. One couple had been waiting for some time to first get legally married then baptized. Ercílio had been one of the town drunks and enemy of the gospel. Now he is a go-getter missionary. He has made 22 mission trips in the last 12 months. He used to detest the native tribes up the Breu River. Now he has become friends and has made 5 mission trips to visit our brothers from the Kaxinauá tribe.

We continued to Tipisca, Peru. On arrival, our missionary José Maia (Lúcio’s dad) took our baggage to his house on his 4 wheeler. I stayed behind to get the boat and motor bedded down. Just as I finished, a huge tropical rain storm came in. There is no pavement in Tipisca and this time of year the mud is knee deep in many places. When I saw the rain was not going to stop I decided to go ahead and make my way up the slippery bank and into town through the driving rain and mud. I had to go barefoot and on the way I slit my foot open on who knows what. For the rest of that week my feet were wet and muddy most of the time and could not bandage the foot. A week later it had pretty much healed up though, so no harm no foul.

We dedicated the new building on the weekend. José Maia did an admirable job and built the building to match the design we use all over in our congregations. It seats over 100 people, is on a corner lot, right on the main street of Tipisca. This newly purchased lot and what we already had, gives us over an acre. We had over 200 people in at least 2 services and well over a hundred in the other 2. The army brought most of their soldiers out for 1 service and the local police department came on Sunday morning. This is a first. In fact we had never had crowds like this in the several years since we opened the work there (over 10 years). Up to now we had made inroads among the children, but no progress with the adults. They now have a big group of kids and a number of adults that attend regularly.

Let me tell you about one of the ladies who trusted Christ while we were there. Dona Mila and her husband are in their 70’s and were what you might call founders of Tipisca. She was born over on the coast of Brazil and moved to Cruzeiro do Sul as a little girl. Her husband is Peruvian and was working in our town as a young man. They met and married. When the Peruvian government put in an outpost a few miles up the Juruá River from the border the young couple moved there. This became the town of Porto Breu, which the locals call Tipisca. Dona Mila and her husband were drinking buddies. It was not uncommon to see the couple sleeping off their liquor in the grass along the paths of town. They were both at church with us. Both have stopped drinking and Dona Mila has trusted Christ!

We came all the way back to Cruzeiro do Sul in one long day, but not without more engine trouble. I had to stop in the middle of nowhere and repair the motor at high noon, lots of bugs and mud, too. This motor is now over 10 years old and broken down on me on my last 3 trips. It is about time to replace it. I will be looking to you to help me with this in the near future. For now, just pray.

Thanks for all of your prayers and support. God bless you as much as He has us.

In Christ,
Mike Creiglow

Mike and Beverly Creiglow
Caixa Postal 24
Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil 69980
mdcreig [at] hotmail.com

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Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
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Camps and Baptisms During Brazilian Carnival

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.

March 3, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is hard to believe that February is gone. Wow, what a month we had. We hope all of you had a great month also.

The works are doing great! This month we had several gatherings with all the mission points. We always have camp during the days that there is Carnival here. This year we had two camps: one for the youth and adults and another one for the younger kids. Since our missions have lots of kids under 13 we planned something for their age. Everyone had a great time. We also had baptism of a group of 7 from the mission of Multirão.

At the mission of Iranduba we started reaching out at parks, handing out pamphlet with the church’s name and the hour of the services. The result has been great. One Sunday the kids were waiting for someone to pick them up. One little boy thought that the man who picks them up had forgotten to go, so he asked a man on a bike to take him to the church. He ran in and said, “Hey! There are a bunch of kids ready to come!” How exciting to see them wanting to come to church. From the same city, a teenager who went to school with some of our youth came to church. She accepted Christ as Savior! When we went to take her home, she said to us, “Thanks so much—I took a burden off me today.” Praise the Lord!

We are excited about the beginning of the building in Ubim. If all goes well it should be started this month.

Pray with us about land in the city of Iranduba. The building we use there is rented and is not really a good location. We are studying the different areas to see what would be the best location for reaching out.

Thanks for your prayers and support. God bless each of you.

Odali & Kathy

 

Odali & Kathy Barros
Caixa Postal 1
Iranduba, Amazonas 69.415.000
Brasil, S.A.
odali_kathy[at]hotmail.com
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A Day of Worship & Fellowship!

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.

March 31, 2017

Dear Brother and Sisters,

We praise God for each of you and pray all is well with each of you. Thank you for your love, prayers and support! You are an important part of our ministry.

Things are doing great here. God has blessed the ministry. We have had many visitors coming. Most of them have been reached through the youth ministry. Our house is always filled with youth. On weekends, we have several that come and stay and during the week many come to play volleyball. Since most of them come from homes that are not saved, they enjoy being here at our house with other kids from church. It is a blessing to see them grow each day. Pray for them and for us that we can continue to help them grow spiritually each day. Next month the youth are going to have a special supper for their parents. The idea is to bring their parents to visit the church in an informal way, to see where their children are coming and what they do.

The last Sunday of the month we had a special day. When we have baptism, we make it an all-day celebration. We gather all the mission points and start the day at 9:00 am and go to 4:00 pm. We eat, have fellowship time, then eat lunch, then have service and baptism. Then we fellowship some more. It is a great day. Since the missions are not close to each other, we make baptism day a very special day. This time we had 7 baptized and after the service, 3 received Jesus as Savior. What a wonderful and blessed day!

In Christ,
Odali and Kathy

Odali & Kathy Barros
Caixa Postal 1
Iranduba, Amazonas 69.415.000
Brasil, S.A.
odali_kathy[at]hotmail.com
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Missionary Update: Odali & Kathy Barros in Brazil [August 2015]

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.

July 26, 2015

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

We rejoice in the Lord that all is well here and we pray that all is well with each of you. Kathy got back from her trip to the US to see her parents and our children. She had a great time. She really enjoyed the BFM conference in Lexington.

We are really excited with what God is doing here.  I have been pastoring the church for a little over a month. God is really working and the people are responding. Before, when services were over the members of the church would leave immediately. It has been wonderful to see them change and just enjoy hanging around and having fellowship. We praise God for this. There were some children that were coming to church with some members of the church. After a while the mother started coming. Then this month the father came. The father got saved after the second time he came. Kathy and I went to visit them. I asked him why he started coming to church. He said that we started to notice a difference in his children, so he wanted to see what made the difference. Last Sunday night I did not have an appeal for salvation at the end of service, but as soon as service was over the children’s mother came to me and said she wanted to be saved. Praise God! At the next midweek service I asked if anyone wanted to be saved and the lady made a public decision. Also another man got saved this month. This last month we have averaged 66 in church. Last Sunday we had 10 people baptized. What a blessing!

The youth group is doing great! We have had to drive two cars to take them to church. Last Sunday night we had to drive 3 cars. We are praying that God will give us a van.

Last letter we mentioned about a group that was going to come and build a church building in one of the communities where we were blessed with a lot given for a mission. Two weeks before the group arrived we had a group of men putting in the foundation. The group that came arrived here on the 9th of July. They stayed here at our place. They started putting up the building on Monday and had walls up, windows in and lights and fans ready to use in four days. They worked hard and did a great job. On Sunday we had an inauguration service. The building was full and 3 people were saved. Kathy and a group of young people are having a children’s program Saturday afternoon. The first day they had 63 kids. Then on Saturday night and Wednesday night we have services. The response has been great. Pray that God will continue to open doors in this city, MUTIRÃO. We want to thank Tabernacle Baptist Church for the lot where the building was built. Also thanks to Judson Hatcher who gave our name to the group that wanted to build a church.

We have talked to the people in Garça these days. They are really excited with their new pastor. They are doing some remodeling in the area where the church meets. It is really great to see how happy they are.

Please continue to pray about the court hearings about the closing of Alpha and Omega because of the accusations that the kids were mistreated.  Pray that God will give the Lawyers wisdom as they gather information they need. We thank those that have already been praying for us.

In Christ,
Odali and Kathy

Odali & Kathy Barros
Caixa Postal 1
Iranduba, Amazonas 69.415.000
Brasil, S.A.
odali_kathy[at]hotmail.com
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Missionary Update: The Tates in Kenya [July 2012]

The Tate Family has served the Lord in Kitale, Kenya since January 2008. Their main ministry is indigenous church planting.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am excited to report to you this month of the new developments in our church planting ministry.  As you hopefully know, our goal here in Kenya is to start independent, self-reliant, self-governing, and self-reproducing Baptist churches.  We were privileged to be able to see part of that goal come to fruition this month.  I have read Nathan Radford’s monthly update and know that in it he has mentioned the start of this church.  I would like to fill in the details of that day when the church was organized.

Justino Signing the Church Covenant

After months of teaching and preparing, on the Sunday morning of June 24th, we organized a small group of believers into the Kanisa la Baptisti la Shangalamwe (Baptist Church of Shangalamwe).  Shangalamwe is a small village off the beaten path where Nathan and I have been working for many months.  Richard Wafula is the owner of the house in which the group meets and the leader of the family there.  Richard is over 70 years old which is quite an old age for most Kenyans (he is in very good health and very good shape as it takes him nearly two hours one way to ride to town from his house on his bicycle).  He has lived long enough to remember pre-independence days forKenya when the country was ruled by the colonial British.

On the 24th of June, Nathan, Julie, my kids, and I rose early in the morning to make the half hour drive to Shangalamwe and arrived at Richard’s house at 8:30am.  We shared chai (tea) with the group members as it was still pretty chilly that morning.  After chai we began our worship.  We praised our God and Savior in song and drums, lifting up our voices to glorify the Head of the church that was about to be organized.  After we finished singing and praying, Nathan reminded the group what it meant to be a church of the Lord Jesus Christ and what was needed for the group to move from group status to becoming a New Testament assembly.  He then proceeded to read the covenant that had been written for this occasion.  In short (this is a very brief summary) the covenant expressed the intentions of the members to organize into a church, to function as the body of Christ on the earth, to follow Christ as its only Head, and to diligently search the Scriptures and obey all it commands for a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus.  Nathan then read the membership requirements for becoming a member of the new church (these are what you would expect for any Baptist church:  You must be a believer in Jesus as your Savior, you must be Scripturally baptized, you must express your intent on becoming a member, you must sign the covenant, etc).  All of the members then signed this covenant and membership requirements.

Explaining Baptism before Baptizing Candidates

Following this we had baptisms to perform.  We left Richard’s house and walked 25 minutes to the lake where there was enough water to immerse the candidates.  I then had the privilege of baptizing three children who had previously trusted in Christ.  I baptized Nuhu (Noah) – age 13, Musa (Moses) – age 10, and Timina – age 8.  While standing in the water I explained the meaning, purpose and method of baptism because the whole practice of baptism inKenya is wildly misunderstood and misapplied.  Afterward I baptized the three children.  After finding a secluded and private bush in which to change into dry clothes we walked the 25 minutes back to Richard’s house and added the names of the three children who had just been baptized to the membership role of the church.  We all then sat down and I taught from Acts 2:40-47, showing what kinds of things the first church inJerusalem did and challenging this new church to follow the same kind of model.  We finished with more singing and prayer and with thanksgiving in our hearts and smiles on our lips we headed home.

It was truly a blessed day, one I would like to repeat here inKenyamany times.  Please pray that God would richly bless with spiritual blessings the Kanisa la Baptisti la Shangalamwe and that it would grow in obedience unto maturity.  To our great God be all the glory.

Until next month, beloved.

May God’s peace and joy be with you.

For the glory of God in East Africa,
Roger & Julie Tate (and Emily, Amy, & Josiah)

P.O. Box 96
Kitale, Kenya 30200
rojuta[at]gmail.com
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