Good News from the Stantons!

Dear Friends,

Today is Sunday, 20th of April.  Anita had her 2nd chemo treatment on Friday.  She is weak and the gases and intestinal problems are back again but NOT near as bad as the first time.   She is doing better this time.  Her sleeping patterns are “off” again, only a few hours at a time.  But this should get better as the week progresses.  Good news is that the Doctor was very pleased with the amount of shrinkage of the tumor on her breast.  He said that the amount of shrinkage she had was not to be expected until the third or fourth chemo treatment!  We rejoice!  Thanks for your love and prayers.

Weekly Announcements (April 20-27)

Updated Thursday, 10:15 a.m. (the ones marked with ****)
Wednesday, April 23
Join us Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. as we continue our Evangelism series. 
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Sunday, April 27
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (2 Timothy 1:1-18)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 2:4-?)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 16)
*Sunday School Devotion: Kenny B. (following week: Roger)
*Ushers: Daniel & Steve G. (alternates: Tom & Steve D.)
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Isaiah 58 Ministry
Monday, April 28 @ 5:00 p.m.
Knock, Knock!  Come help us hand out fliers!

Tuesday, April 29 @ 6:30 p.m.
Witnessing, Cookout, Yard-Free
Thursday, May 1 @ 5:00 p.m.
Bible Study with our neighbors!
*Items: Leslie has informed me we are in need of summer clothes and dishes for the yard-free. 
Nick’s Isaiah 58 Blog
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Attention Ladies:
Sis. Helen will be starting the psychology/Christian counseling classes Monday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. 
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Baby Shower for Stella
All the ladies are invited to Becky’s house to celebrate this big blessing in a little package on Saturday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m.!  Meet at 2:30 at the Hamburg Babies ‘R’ Us parking lot to “parade” to Becky’s house.  See Becky for details and RSVP with her today!
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****Nursing Home Ministry
Thomas Hood Veteran’s Center in Wilmore
2:00 p.m. on the following Sundays:
May 4  ~  May 25  ~  June 22  ~  July 13
See Bro. Wayne for details! 
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****New Attitude Conference
May 24-27 in Louisville for singles & young married couples (ages 17+); John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, Mark Dever, Josh Harris, more).  Hotel rooms have been reserved.  Total costs are still being determined.  Please talk to Sarah today if you still need to register!!!!
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Food Reminders
Sheridan & Anita S.
Janna & Helen- Monday
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Missionaries of the Month
Paul & Wanda Hatcher
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Memory Check!!!!
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If you have an announcement you would like to add to the above list, please leave a comment below and I’ll stick it up there!  Thanks!  :o)
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What are you craving today?  Spiritual Milk?!?! 
*Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing. –Anonymous
*Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart! –Charles Haddon Spurgeon
*Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy. –R. C. Sproul
*It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer. –George Mueller
*The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.  –George Mueller
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In conclusion (haha!), let’s all jump off the “complain train” as Nick would say and be thankful today. 
Philippians 2:14-15

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…”

Together for the Gospel 2008

The guys returned from the Together from the Gospel Conference yesterday.  We are having to grab them by their feet and pull them back down to earth! 

Check out some of the incredible messages they heard here or read the blog of an attendee here.  Ladies, if your husband attended the conference, I wish I had posted this on here earlier, but it’s still a good little encouraging read that will give you a different perspective on staying home while your husband was at the conference…here

Check out Nick’s dad’s pictures from the conference here or here
(Here’s one courtesy of Mr. Ring to make you want more!) 

Group from our church that went to T4G 2008 in Louisville.
Pray that the passion for Christ and His Word that was reignited there will only increase and not grow dim. 


What a week!

  • It has been a busy week, but nevertheless it’s certainly been a blessed one!  I’m sorry the posts have been so sporadic this week.  Not only was it a crazy church week, it was a crazy school one, too!  Here are a few highlights from the week, followed by prayer requests and a couple of reminders. 
  • First off, the Baptist Faith Missions Spring Conference was refreshing.  It was so neat to be with 10 missionaries at the same time!  :o)  I hope you were able to attend at least one night. 
    I was planning to put my sermon notes from the conference here, but I have misplaced my notebook.  Pray that I find it!  :o) 
    For those of you who haven’t found out yet, we learned at the conference Wednesday that Lydia is Steve’s pastor and I will make somebody a good husband.  haha!  I love it when people give us bloopers to remember! 
  • In other news…the guys returned from the Together from the Gospel Conference yesterday.  We are having to grab them by their feet and pull them back down to earth!  Check out the full post here. 
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    *Pray for Sis. Anita Stanton today.  She receives her second chemo treatment. 
    *Also remember to pray for Sis. Anita B. today as she’s still trying to recuperate from pneumonia. 
    *Pray for Amy Tate (the youngest daughter) in Tanzania…she has contracted the measles. 
    *Ursula Draper- health problems (missionary to Brazil)
    *Carrie Radford- should be delivering any day!  (missionary to Kenya)
    *Continue to pray for Sis. Barb and Bro. Paul as well.  Eric’s funeral will be held tomorrow and the previous post contains all that information. 
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    Food Reminders:
    *Rachel- Saturday supper for Anita B.
    *Janna & Helen- Monday supper for Anita S.
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    Public Service Announcement: Get out and enjoy God’s beautiful creation!  Here’s a few of the pretties I saw last week! 

Don\'t forget to get out and enjoy God\'s creation!

In Memory of Eric Newbury

We praise the Lord for Eric’s life and his salvation! 

Mr. Eric John Newbury born on December 16, 1975 departed this life on April 9, 2008 at the age of 32 years, 3 months and 24 days old. He was born at Niagara Falls, New York the son of Barbara Jean Turner and John Charles Newbury. By occupation Eric was employed by Dell as an Application Service Engineer. Eric had been living at 2148 Larkspur Dr. Lexington, Kentucky having moved there from Russell Springs, Kentucky in 1991 and had been working in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the time of his death. Eric enjoyed computers as a hobby as well as a career. He was affiliated with the New Life Baptist Church and the Quest Community Church both of Lexington, Kentucky. Eric was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandmother: Corinne Turner, he leaves surviving the following relatives:
Father and Step-Mother: John Charles Newbury & Jan of Belmont, NY; Mother & Step-Father: Barbara Jean Turner Johnson & Paul of Lexington, KY; Maternal Grandfather: Raleigh Turner of Russell, Springs, KY;  Paternal Grandmother: Shirley Newbury of New York; Three Aunts: Janice Turner of Hawaii, Sue Newbury of New York, Joann Newbury of New York; Four Uncles: Robert Turner & Bonnie of Elizabethtown, KY, John Turner of Frankfort, KY, Glenn Newbury of New York, Jeffery Newbury of New York; One Sister: Sara Newbury of Lexington, KY; Also survived by a host of treasured cousins and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Eric John Newbury will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the Dwayne Walker Funeral Home Chapel in Hyden, Kentucky with Rev. Steve Wainright officiating. Burial will be held at the Turner Family Cemetery at Hyden, Kentucky under the direction of the Dwayne Walker Funeral Home Staff. The following will serve as pallbearers: Steven Turner, John Turner and Micah Turner. You may sign the guest book at
Officiating Minister – Rev. Steve Wainright
Obituary Courtesy Of Walker Funeral Homes, LLC.  
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Eric Newbury’s (Barb’s son) funeral will be held tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.
in Hyden, Kentucky.  It takes roughly two hours to get there. 

Take I-75 to the first London exit. 
Turn left onto Daniel Boone Parkway (at the end of the exit). 
Stay on the Daniel Boone Parkway until you reach the Hyden Spur exit. 
At the end of the exit, turn left. 
Go to the red light in the bend and turn left. 
At the second street on your left (Hickory Street), turn left. 

Dwayne Walker Funeral Home
155 Hickory Street
Hyden, KY
MAP: here
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Please remember to keep Bro. Paul & Sis. Barb in your prayers as well as their family. 

An Intro to Judson & Raquel Hatcher

An Introduction: 
Judson & Raquel Hatcher

About Judson


I accepted Christ at five years of age. My mother always read a story from the Bible each night before going to bed. The three of us children always competed to see who would lay next to mother on the waterbed for bedtime story. My favorite story was that of John the Baptist. The children’s Bible we read from had a picture of a woman holding a platter with his head on top. I recall several occasions where I asked my “why did they cut off his head?” In one of those occasions I recall understanding what my mother said regarding why John the Baptist lost his head for Jesus. I remember thinking “if he lost his head for Jesus, Jesus must be important”. When my mother asked me if I wanted to accept Christ as my savior, I said “yes”. That following Sunday I went forward before the church to publicly profess Christ as my Lord and Savior. A couple of weeks later I was baptized by my father.  

The Call to Missions

My call into ministry was at age eight. I was born and raised in Brazil, and I could say that “missions is in my genes”. My grandfather, father, uncles and aunt are missionaries. While it is true that most of my family serves as missionaries, the burden for missions is a deep desire the Lord has placed in my heart. While in the United States for my education, I always feared finding an employment opportunity I would love too much and that my “desire” for missions in Brazil would dissipate. Before returning permanently to Brazil in January 2006, I was working in a company based in Virginia Beach. I only worked commercial hours. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the owner of the company and the employees and had a great salary. I REALLY LOVED MY JOB! When time came for us to return to Brazil permanently, I didn’t need to think twice. I KNEW in my heart with CONVICTION that church planting in Brazil was God’s calling for my life. The fear of finding “comfort and wanting to stay a lifetime in America” was now overcome. 

Qualification & Education

My formative years growing up on the field gave me years of unmatched ministerial experience I still glean from. I learned a lot throughout my childhood about ministry, church planting and missions. After completing high school in Brazil I began my bachelor’s degree at Lexington Baptist College. After graduating, I began my Masters of Education in Leadership Training at Regent University. I returned to Brazil for a year and taught a leadership/ministry training course. Raquel & I married in January 8, 1999 and came to the States. (Marriage is part of the “on-the-job training” course of life.) I completed my M.Ed. in 2003 and ordained by Atlantic Shores Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA in 2005. My management experience in non-church environments tremendously enriched my leadership capabilities, people skills and problem solving abilities. My trilingual competency & bicultural knowledge gave me ample opportunities for growth within multinational companies while in America. 

The Family

Raquel and I have two children and a third one on the way. Sarah Isabel will be 3 years in March. She is lively and energetic. She loves to run in the grass, paint pictures and play in the living room with her legos. She has a strong personality and a good sense of justice. Laura Elizabeth will be 2 years in June. She is sweet and loving. Her big eyes are warm and charming. She loves to bath her dolls in the tub, play hide and seek, and swing until she falls asleep. She likes to sit in big sister’s chair too. Benjamin Judson will be born in March, 2008. We have many expectations as to how he will be, but one thing is sure he’ll be the boy God planned him to be. 

In Action

Our objective as church planters is to plant churches and through the training process equip Brazilian men to pastor the churches. To train Brazilian men to be pastors is my passion. We have 164 people in the “AdorArte” training program directly under my supervision. I lead a team of 26 leaders that assist with the training process. I am also investing time in 13 promising men, all in their mid and late twenties. They lead ministry teams and speak in evangelistic events throughout Manaus in congregations, schools and in open air evangelistic crusades. We have developed training resources designed specifically with the Baptist doctrines, principles and philosophy of ministry, which are available for the pastors we train, to train others. 

about Raquel 


“My name is Raquel Hatcher. I was blessed to be born in a Christian home. My parents have always been dedicated Christians and faithful participants in the work of God. As a little child, I remember my mother telling us (me and my other three sisters), Bible stories and praying daily for our family.” 

“When I was eight years old, I accepted Christ in a Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church of Interlagos, São Paulo. I vividly recall the impact the Bible story had on me that morning. I felt guilty for all my sins. I understood the necessity of having my sins forgiven and having salvation through Jesus Christ. Even as a young child, I new that if I rejected Jesus’ invitation, I would be on my own; that feeling scared me. I needed God. It didn’t take long for me raise my hand, indicating my desire to receive Jesus into my heart. Later on that Sunday morning, I went before the church declaring publicly my decision. Six years later, I was baptized.” 

Heart’s Desire

“The mission of sharing the gospel with others has been part of my childhood and youth. My parents decided to leave their city to be missionaries when I was very young. They received their missionary training for a period of 5 years at the New Tribes Mission training seminaries. After that, they served for several years at the Mayoruna tribe, which is located at the border of Brazil and Peru. Today my father is a pastor at a Baptist church in São Paulo.” 

“Being involved in the ministry at such a young age, made me sensitive to the need people have of a savior. My desire is to invest my live taking the good news to those in despair.” 

Qualification & Education

Raquel is a licensed teacher & licensed clinical psychologist in Brazil. She completed her undergraduate degree at Universidade Luterana do Brasil – Manaus. She studied English as a Second language at Memphis University and Old Dominion University. She earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology at Regent University and is currently completing her dissertation for a Doctorate also through Regent University. She has extensive research & practice in Clinical Psychology with a Christian worldview. Her dissertation topic is: the development of church based Biblical counseling and lay counselor training. 


  1. Start a seed factory church in every capitol of Brazil.   
    1. Continue research, writing and publishing of training materials and resources.
    2. Recruit, train, send & network pastors and ministry teams into each capitol.
  2. Recruit, train, send & network pastors and ministry teams across the country of Brazil.
    1. Continue teaching and mentoring through the Baptist Theological Seminary of Manaus.
    2. Continue teaching in the School of Missions “Eis-me Aquí”.
    3. Direct & lead the “AdorArte” Training Center for the Arts.
    4. Organize and mobilize Evangelistic Crusades & Events in schools, open air locations and churches/congregations.
    5. Continue one-on-one mentoring of men who desire to become pastors.
    6. Continue supervision & missions oversight of the congregations currently under my responsibility in Manaus and in other Brazilian states.
  3. Send Brazilian missionaries to other Portuguese speaking countries.
    1. Create an awareness to establish a burden amongst Brazilians for the other Portuguese speaking countries.
    2. Visit Portugal and Mozambique within the next five years
    3. Once the Brazilian capitols are reached, begin mission trips to the two above mentioned countries.


In Christ,

Judson & Raquel Hatcher

Weekly Announcements (April 13-20)

Updated Saturday, 9:34 a.m.!
Monday, April 14-Wednesday, April 16
Baptist Faith Missions 2008 Spring Conference
Thompson Road Baptist Church
Complete Schedule is Here
*Please note that our April 16 Wednesday Evening Service will be held at Thompson Road!*
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Wednesday, April 16
Our Wednesday evening service will be held at Thompson Road Baptist Church (map here). 
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Saturday, April 19
Nursing Home Ministry
in Nicholasville
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Sunday, April 20
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (1 Timothy 6:1-21)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 1)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 15)- Nick is preaching. 
*Sunday School Devotion: Roger H. (following week: Kenny B.)
*Ushers: Paul & Roger (alternates: Daniel & Steve G.)
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Isaiah 58 Ministry
Tuesday, April 29 @ 6:30 p.m.
Nick’s Isaiah 58 Blog
****We will be passing out fliers at 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 28! 
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Attention Ladies:
Sis. Helen will probably be starting the psychology/Christian counseling classes Monday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.  More details coming soon. 
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Baby Shower for Stella
All the ladies are invited to Becky’s house to celebrate this big blessing in a little package on Saturday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m.!  Meet at 2:30 at the Hamburg Babies ‘R’ Us parking lot to “parade” to Becky’s house.  See Becky for details and RSVP with her today!  (See Sunday’s power point announcements for phone # if you’re too lazy to look in the directory…I wouldn’t want my phone number on here I don’t think…). 
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Food Reminders
Anita B.

Tuesday: Lydia
Wednesday: Brenda
Thursday: Gina
Friday: Leslie (potato soup)
Saturday: Janna & Helen
Sunday: Cindy
Paul & Barbara
Monday: Denise
Tuesday: Brooke (soup beans & cornbread)
Wednesday: Denise & Charlie (chili)
Thursday: Brooke (stuffed pasta shells)
Sheridan & Anita S.
We’ll keep you posted! 
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Missionaries of the Month
Paul & Wanda Hatcher
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Memory Check!!!!
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I really appreciate your comments, whether encouraging or critical. 
What did you think about the paperless bulletin?! 
If you have an announcement you would like to add to the above list, please leave a comment below and I’ll stick it up there!  Thanks!  :o)
I hope to see you all out at the missions conference this week!  :o) 
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I also found a quote by John Piper that goes hand in hand with the sermon last week and yesterday morning! 

“Love is doing what will enthrall the beloved with the greatest and longest joy. What will enthrall the beloved this way is the glory of God. Love means doing all we can, at whatever cost to ourselves, to help people be enthralled with the glory of God. When they are, they are satisfied and God is glorified. Therefore loving people and glorifying God are one.”

Isaiah 58 Ministry

Our next Isaiah 58 Ministry will be held Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. 

We will be passing out fliers Monday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. 

Please pray that the spiritual tummies as well as the physical tummies of these people will be filled!  Ask the Lord to prepare the hearts of our guests to receive the Gospel and ask Him to give you strength and courage to share the Gospel with them.       

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Isaiah 58:7-8


Visit Nick’s Isaiah 58 Ministry Blog.

 We will be having a Bible Study for our neighbors at 5:00 on Thursday, May 1. 

Prayer Requests

From Wednesday Night (April 9)

  • Paul & Barbara- pray for the whole situation with her son Eric passing away; pray the Lord will work in the situation for His glory and comfort them at this time
  • Nannie- Micheal’s great-grandmother
  • Erika- Steve’s daughter (spiritual)
  • Gina’s cousin- baby due in May; baby has severe heart defect; will do surgery when she gets here
  • Heather’s dad (Nick’s coworker)- cancer; treatment not working
  • Daniel & Caleb- sick
  • Emma- (Laura) little 3 year old from last week; removed two tumors, not cancerous!; mass on the back of her brain had a few cancerous cells and they think it can be completly cleared up with just a couple treatments of chemo or radiation.
  • Eugene W.- (Harry) having open heart surgery
  • Sherry- trying to get sick
  • Tommy- strep throat
  • Donny D.- should be out soon
  • Sherry’s coworker’s son- cyst on brain is ok! 
  • Ally- Hannah’s teacher’s daughter…really sick
  • Coach Sallee- Sarah’s former Bible teacher/PE teacher- just diagnosed inoperable throat cancer
  • Michael G.- our copier man’s son- motorcycle accident; exploratory surgery soon
  • Paul & Wanda Hatcher- our M.O.M.

*Pray every day for the Lord to send someone your way who needs to hear the Gospel!*

Odali & Kathy Barros April Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We hope that all of you are well. We are doing fine. God has sustained us though all our difficult moments. We know that we are blessed to have so many friends around the world praying for us and the children here at the home. Things are quiet for the moment. The official judge is back and reading all the processes. There are 4 volumes of paper work to read though. Each volume probable has around 1000 pages. Well I’m glad I’m not the judge aren’t you.?!! Pray for the judge as he studies the documents, that God will give him wisdom. Pray for us and the children that we Do what he wants us to do. Pray for the children that left. We know that some are not doing to good. Their homes just aren’t good situations for them. But at the moment we can not take any one in.

There are a still some things that we need to do to get the home were it needs to be according to the Health department. For sure not as much as there was. Thanks to so many of you we have accomplish many things. We are going to try and get some more things done while we have fewer children. We still have several roof that need changing are major fixing to do. Rooms need to be painted again. Actually the rooms need to be paint every year. We you consider that you have about 25 to 30 living in a Hall “house”, you can understand why it needs painting every year. Some of the floors need the tile replaced. The money for the dinning room floor has already been donated. We are getting granite for the dinning room. It can take all the wear and tear. On the outside of the home other things need to be done. We have not a whole lot because they are not a priority. But for the health department that is not so. I’m sure you understand. The facilities where the animals (pig, chickens, ducks and any things else) are the facilities that were here when we moved here. So obviously laws have changed for farm things. We need to get that in order also. I know that for many of you that may not sound to important, but when you live with 100 kids you need all the activities you can possibly get to keep kids busy and out of trouble. Because what most people do with kids is just put them in front of a computer or a TV. Trust me, that is not what they need.

While all that is going on there is tons of things going on with the church. The church is relocating. The structure of the church is old and the fire department was starting to give a hard time. Since the building was bought some 25 years ago there the area around it has changed. Because of the big businesses around the church, regulations have changed for that the area. We started checking the price to make the changes and it would we pretty expensive to do the work. So the church decided that they would buy part of the land where Alpha and Omega home is that has not been purchased yet. This decision has really been interesting. There has always been people from church that were not involved with the home but since we have moved the services to the home it has been interesting to see the changes in attitudes. Today we are going to have a big activity day. A big group is going to visit the areas around the home to let people know the church is at the home and another group is having an activity day for the youth and teen that come to church from the neighborhood. The party hall here at the home is being prepare a little each day for the services. The sound equipment, benches brought from church building, some painting done, etc. Every body is getting involved. This is really exciting. With all the facilities we have here at the home we want to use it more to reach the children and teens that need help and need Jesus. There are so many that need help and don’t need to live in the home. Pray for us and the church as we try to reach these kids. We have many people from church and friends that teach in the public schools and they tell us how bad things are out there. Pray for us!!!! Pray for the church!!!!! Pray and see what God would have you to do!!!! We love and appreciate each of you. We would love to have you visit and see for your self what great things God has done. We are excited to see what more great things God has in store. Want to be a part of this??? Feel free to contact us at any time. We would love to hear from you.

May God bless each of you. 
Love in Christ,
Odali and Kathy Barros

Contact Info:
Av. Victor Hugo Boaretto S/N
Garça, São Paulo 17.400.000

OdaliAlfaOmega [at]
odali_kathy [at]

Tax Deductible Offerings:
725 N. Green River Rd.
Evansville, IN 47725

For the Glory of God

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