Training Teens to Work in Ministry

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.

September 19, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

First of all, we want to thank God for the opportunity to serve Him and second thank God for each one of you that serve Him through your giving and prayers. Missions is a joint effort. May God continue blessing and guiding each one of us!

Through the special gifts that several have given, we have been able to accomplish several things at the mission points.

We are working with a specific purpose to get more people from the church involved in getting the gospel out in the communities around us. Pray that God will work in the hearts of the members to see the need to get the gospel out.

There are so many kids and teens in this area. We work at reaching them because the drugs are all around us. We had a special day for the kids from the mother church Pedras Vivas. At the mission in Ubim the drug people are right next door. If we don’t help them understand how much God loves them the money that comes from the junk becomes attractive. Kathy is getting ready to start training a new group of teenagers to work in different areas in church. We have several that have started in the music ministry. Our desire is to prepare as many as possible so they can help as we reach out to the communities around us.

Some people have asked if we have any projects. We do have several and some people have already helped, praise God!

The community of Ubim does not have running water. So, we plan on drilling a well. We have the equipment, so we only need the pipes and the pump which cost $2,000. For the insides, paint and tile, and that costs $1,800. On the outside we would like to concrete the area so it can be used more. That will cost $2,000. Any help is very much appreciated.

Thanks to all you supporters! May God richly bless each of you.

Love in Christ our Lord,
Odali and Kathy

Odali & Kathy Barros
Iranduba, Amazonas
Brasil, S.A.

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Missionary Update: Mike & Beverly Creiglow [May 2014]

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.

May 9, 2014

Dear Brethren,

This year Hudson and I have traveled 2,341 miles on 3 rivers. We have visited 11 of our pastors and missionaries. We have visited and reported on 17 of our works. Last month, when it was time to write my monthly report I was at Tipisca, Peru. I used my satellite phone to ask Bev to send you a note letting you know my whereabouts.

On that trip to the upper Juruá River we visited 4 of our most distant congregations and 5 of our missionaries. The last 2 missionaries live and work on the other side of the border in Peru. Since my bigger boat and motor was still waiting for parts we had to go with the little 25HP outboard. Scorching hot tropical sun every morning and rain in the afternoon. This boat doesn’t have a top, so you know what the weather did to us. Layers of sunblock lotion in the morning and rain gear in the afternoon. It was fine though. We neither burned nor froze. The works at Thaumaturgo, Triunfo and Tipisca are all growing. Foz do Breu is stable even though several families have moved away.

This is in front of our building in Tipisca, Peru. Missionaries from left to right: Hudson, José Maia, his wife Silvania and Eduardo. Our luggage piled on the ATV is ready to head down to the river for our return trip to Cruzeiro do Sul.

This is in front of our building in Tipisca, Peru. Missionaries from left to right: Hudson, José Maia, his wife Silvania and Eduardo. Our luggage piled on the ATV is ready to head down to the river for our return trip to Cruzeiro do Sul.

After that trip I also went back to visit the congregation at Porto Walter 94 miles up stream. We are gearing up to start a new building there. Even one of our meetings with just members was on a Monday night and there were over 70 present to discuss the building project. They have been packing the old building on Sundays for some time now.

My next trip was down river to Ipixuna. The parts were still not in for my motor, so I took my smallest boat with 20HP. I had just run it a couple of weeks earlier, but it still decided not to start when we launched the boat at Guajará. I worked on it for 2 hours right about noon. Boy was it hot. That threw us behind by 2 hours, so we did not get in to Ipixuna until 8 at night. Fortunately the river was very full, not many logs floating down and my flashlight is very bright. We spent 3 days with the church. The church there partners with us to do missions in our general plan for the whole Juruá River on that section. We checked on the 4 works that we established and put into their care.

This month I also visited our missionaries and works at Guajará, Pé da Terra and Rodrigues Alves.

Here at the home church things continue to progress. There have been several saved. There were 23 baptized in March and 33 in April. We are always losing people who move away. Last month we only lost one family! That is quite a victory for us! We continue to work on the annex a little at a time as funds trickle in. Attendance was not that great at the beginning of the year, but has built back up steadily.

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

In Christ,

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

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