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Missionary Update: A&O Home

Update from Odali & Kathy Barros
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Hey folks!  Hope all is well with you all.  We are all doing fine.  We have had all kinds of things happening.  We thank all of you who have been faithful in your prayers and support.  May God richly bless each of you.

I went to the city were we have been working for almost 2 years.  The building that we have been building is almost done.  We need to put in the windows and door.   They are already using the building for services.  They are having an average of 20 per service.  They have a new young married man that is helping them in the church.  He is a Christian that came from Japan.  He live in this city, Alvorada do Sul.  It is nice to have someone that lives in the same city to help in this ministry.

This last Friday we had one of those special suppers for bringing visitors to meet us and for us to meet them.  This was the largest group yet.  On Tuesday night we had sand volley ball night.  And we had over 20 visitors also.  On Friday night we had over 30 visitors.  It was fantastic.  Here in this area it is not well accepted to go to a Christian church.  So having this group of people that are not Christians out is just marvelous.  Along with all the other visitors, we also had the elected mayor here.  He stayed here until almost 11:30 pm.  It is really neat to see the people that come out to eat stay around and talk after the eating is over.  Everyone just seems to enjoy the atmosphere.

We heard today that the mayor gave an interview on national TV.  He said that one of the very first things he plans on doing, is getting Alpha and Omega back and working.

Also we had an invitation today to work is juvenile detention centers in several cities around here. We would have to get a team together to work with this.  They would be teaching the kids all kinds of different things.  Please pray with us about this.  That if this is Gods will we will do a good work.   No decision has been made.  We are going to get with the Alpha and Omega board and study each detail.  We want to do God’s will!

We are excited and waiting anxiously for next week.  KathyLee and Dan and family are about to arrive!!!!  We are really looking forward to having them here with us. We are excited about seeing our grandchildren.  And looking forward to meeting Little Daniel for the first time.  He is almost 2 years old and Julia is 3 ½.  It had been two years since we have seen her also.  Well, it will be and exciting moment.

Also we have 2 boys back with us.  Cleber and Ari.  They have been back for 2 weeks.  We are their legal guardians.

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Mission Update: A&O Home

Dear friends,

Hope all is well with you. We are doing well. Things around here are calm. I have not written lately because there has not been any changes in the situation here. The judge still has not started hearing any one yet. So as we wait to see the out come of all this we stay busy with other things.

Here at the home there are 34 people. There are some adults and the kids that have turned 18 that are here with us. There are 5 that I have become their legal guardian. Some of the older ones that are still here are the ones that are in college. They help here and we pay for the college. There are 6 in college right now. Since the place is so big it takes several people to keep it up.

The church is using the part of the building where the school was. We have done several events in the church and have many plans for different ways to evangelize the kids in the neighborhood. There are new house going up all around us. It has been interesting to see how the area around us is really growing.

The leaders that work with our young teens have been making new plans to reach out to their school friends. This last Saturday they a special supper. It was really cute. Pray for the group because it is a much needy age to work with.

Youth Meal
Youth Meal

We want to thank those of you who have been faithful in your prayers and support. Knowing that we have friends praying for us is a great inspiration. So many of you have written or called us and given encouragement. What a blessing. May God richly bless each of you.

As we wait to see what God has in store for us we will keep on serving Him in as many ways as we can. The command is to preach the Gospel to all, and that is what we are going to do. Some times we don’t understand God’s plans but that is not up to us any way. We must learn to trust in HIM fully and know that His plans will not be changed. We can be used by HIM or GOD will use some one else.

We are excited that our daughter KathyLee and her Husband Dan will be coming to work with us here. They are already working on their support. The Lord willing they should be here before the end of the year.

Here is our email. Write us any time. odali_kathy [at] hotmail.com

Odali and Kathy

Serving a delicious looking meal to the neighborhood kids!
Serving a delicious looking meal to the neighborhood kids!

Mission Update: Odali and Kathy of Alpha and Omega Home

An Update from Odali and Kathy of the Alpha and Omega Children’s Home [Brazil]
          These last few months at Alpha and Omega have been a whirlwind of changes and surprises.  We have gone from 92 kids, to the 6 that still linger behind.  It has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. As this 5 months of tug-of-war draws to an end, and the last children leave the home, we have set our eyes forward.  We are ready to begin this new phase that God has set before us. 

            The judging process is expected to last several months, but by the grace of God, we are setting our goals to reopen Alpha and Omega Children’s Home early next year.    When we do, we want the building and the staff, to be replenished, revived, and just like new.  The groups that have come down in these last few months have been a great help in jumpstarting all the of the many work projects that need to be completed.  However, there are still many things that need to be done before we can reopen.  One in particular, is to update the home to meet fire safety standards (fire extinguishers, hoses, etc.)  We still do not know the exact costs for this, but it is a pricy task. 

            Financially, our goal is to keep the bills paid, and yet still have available funds  to continue the necessary improvements.  However, that is not an easy task.  All of the support that we received from social departments in Brazil has been cut off since the children were removed.  It also seems as though many of our faithful American supporters have become confused by our situation here, and have put their donations on hold.  In two weeks time, we received only $200.00 of support.  Needless to say, that just doesn’t cut it. 

            We have decided to hold a huge yard sale and a dinner, here in Brazil, to raise money to sustain our ministry.  I am writing to you, CHALLENGING you, to do the same.  Here is your challenge:  SPRING CLEAN!  It’s that time of year, and everyone has things in their homes, that they no longer need or use.  We are asking that you consider having a yard sale on behalf of Alpha and Omega Children’s Home.  Include your family, friends, church, and neighbors.  Advertise the yard sale, and the cause.  If your subdivision does not allow yard sales, consider joining up with someone else, or doing it at your church.  EBay is also an option to sell things.  If a yard sale isn’t an option, some other ideas are: car washes, bake sales, love offering, etc.  If you need other creative ideas, just send us an email, and we would be glad to help you brainstorm.  We are sending this challenge to everyone we can.  If you know someone who may be interested, and is not on our mailing list, please pass this on.  Share the information with your friends, family, and churches.  Even though the Devil has managed to put a pause on the Alpha and Omega Children’s Home, we know that God is in control.  We have full faith that He has not finished His work through our ministry.  Help us make Alpha and Omega better than ever before! 

         As an example of the impact made on the lives who come to Alpha and Omega, here is a letter that Katie received last week during her visit to Manaus, written by one of the girls who lived here for several years. 

             Mom,

            I want you to know that I am going to miss you a lot…

These days that you spent here were really meant a lot to us.  I also want you to know that it doesn’t matter what happens, I am always going to love you, because you are the best mom I have ever had…

I am really sorry about the things that have happened to Alpha, they can take the kids away, but what they have learned there, no one can take from them.  And above everything, God knows what to do, and you know that…

Even though we were often ungrateful, we cannot deny that the future of many was changed for the better after coming to Alpha and Omega.  Even though, some of them don’t have the capacity to put into practice what they have learned, because they are cowards and are scared to live a different way of life.  I ask God that I may not be one of those, but if it is God’s will, I will be ok…

Thank you for being this wonderful mother in my life…because through God, you gave me a reason to look at life in a loving way even though I had such a difficult childhood. 

Forgive me for the many times that I still make a lot of mistakes.  Not that it is necessary, but sometimes we have to learn the most difficult way before we really open our eyes…

Thank you for everything, from the bottom of my heart.  I love you all very much. 

           Just to give you an idea of the ministry that is still taking place here at Alpha and Omega, here are a few pictures from the kite festival held a couple of weeks ago by the group from Georgetown College.  It was a great success!  We had over 200 kids and their parents here the entire day!  It was wonderful!

            In Christ,

                   Kathy and Odali
 

Missionary Update: Odali & Kathy Barros

May 14, 2008

Dear friends and prayer partners,

            Hope all is well with each of you.  We are doing pretty good.  For the most part things are still the same.  We still have some kids here. A few more have left this week.  We have heard that the judge gave another 48 hours to remove the rest.  Well, that is easier said than done.  So we just sit here and wait and see what they are going to do.  Actually we are not really just sitting while we wait.  We have already started working.  The first thing that we are doing is working on the kitchen.  We were going to paint the walls in the kitchen above the tiles.  But as I started to check out the cost for paint, I decided that for a little more we could tile the wall all the way up to the ceiling.  We found a good deal and purchased the tile.  Then we just painted the ceiling.  It looks great.  We have half of it done.  Also we changed some of the transparent roofing that is in part of the kitchen.  What was there was old and in really bad shape.  By the end of the week, the kitchen should look like a new place. 

            We have a college group here from Georgetown College this week.  They will be painting some more rooms.  We are really excited about getting everything done.  We want to get a head start just in case the judge says we need to get the improvements done. We have given the engineer the plans of the home so we can get the approval from the fire department.  Once the fire department signs the plans done by the engineer, we will need to start working on the requirements and specifications.  That will probably cost a good amount.  That will include emergency lights, the signs and extinguishers.  Hopefully we won’t have to put in fire hydrants.  As we can, we will also be working on the floors.  Lots of the floor tiles are old and in really bad shape.  We want to color coordinate the bedrooms without using too much money.  Also, we are working on some manuals for the hall parents and workers.  I guess, as I say, you would like to know who the (we’s) are.  Well, we are: me (Kathy), Lizene (our social worker), Luiza (one of our lawyers) and Jennifer Pratt.  We want to take care of things even though the kids are not all here.  We don’t want people to think that we gave up and have quit.  If the place belongs to God, we need to stay on the move.  God is in control if our faith leads us to believe it or not.  Odali is still in Manaus at the home there.  They have had some problems there to.  It sounds to me like the Prosecutor from here got in touch with the one there.  He went to visit the home and started talking about all the problems and needs.  So it really sounds like THE ENEMY is at work.  I just hope that those of us that TRULY BELIEVE IN THE ONE AND ONLY GOD, will get on the ball and stay on track.  May GOD use us the way HE wants and that we will be submissive to HIS voice.  

Here are some pictures of the kitchen that is being worked on.

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

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Garça, São Paulo 17.400.000

OdaliAlfaOmega [at] hotmail.com
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