IMPACT 360

IMPACT 360 is an academic gap-year experience with the mission of equipping future generations to become Christ-centered servant leaders.
Each year, the students spend a month in Brazil putting into practice things they have learned. This year we were blessed to have 16 of the students to come work with us for 10 days. They did street evangelism, spoke on a radio program, visited an English school, painted a church building, held a three-day VBS, distributed health kits in Frei Damião and led out in evangelistic services in four different locations. They touched many lives while here.


The team 

Great painters!

VBS


This man decided to follow Christ during a home visit

St. Andrew Baptist Church in Chapecó

A team from St. Andrew Baptist Church in Panama City, FL worked in Chapecó November 7-12 with Pr. André, a Brazilian home missionary. Part of the team did house-to-house evangelism, part of the team manned a medical tent in front of a neighborhood supermarket, part of the team held basketball clinics in two different schools and JJ, the clown visited the classrooms in both schools with her balloon animals and gospel presentation. 


All of the teachers wanted balloon animals too! 
All the kids love JJ!


Pr. André, his wife, Erika, and their daughter, TaísThey are starting a new church in the neighborhood near a University and are Brazilian Home Missionaries.
On the last day, we had the opportunity to visit a Kaigang Indian reservation.  We can’t publish pictures from our visit, but we can post pictures of the river that runs through the reservation!  Taís and Sara were brave enough to wade in the water.

VISITS TO SOME OF OUR CADI KIDS

Each Thursday afternoon Sara, Jan and Alana visit homes of the children sponsored through the PAI program that is part of the ministry of the CADI.  The visits are part of the spiritual development emphasis of the program.

TEAM FROM TEXAS

The team composed of members from FBC Wylie and FBC Murphy in the Dallas Metroplex worked with the congregation at Rio Tavares. They did a lot of house-to-house visits, evangelistic services in homes, spoke in the public school, held a ladies’ tea and a gathering for the men. They were a great encouragement to the pastor and his wife. Don and Sharon Cole, former missionaries in Florianópolis were instrumental in getting this team together.


Team from FBC Wylie and FBC Murphy
The congregation meets in rented space on the third floor of this commercial center.  This was our meeting point each day before we all went out into the neighborhood.  The bakery on the ground floor was a favorite spot to have an evening snack before the services!

SMALL TEAM – BIG PROJECT

Bill Rogers from Woodmont Baptist Church, Barret Long and Sammy Richardson from First Baptist Church Tuscumbia spent a week ministering in Frei Damião.  They built a bathroom for D. Maria Silva, raised the walls on D. Bila’s house, preached at Lisboa and São Sebastião, visited Alto Aririú Baptist Church, NURREVI Women’s Rehab Center, the Men’s Rehab Center, the CETE orphanage, and the IBE (Baptist seminary sponsored by the Kobrasol Church).  Woodmont Baptist Church has been coming to Santa Catarina for many years and they have been a very important part of our team. 

D. Maria Silva’s house and the site where the bathroom would be built

Almost finished!


Time for a break!  Laying bricks is hard work!
On the way to D. Bila’s house

The foundation for D. Bila’s house is ready


Getting ready to raise the walls
All done!  This was one happy family!

JOEL’S WEDDING – WOODSIDE, CALIFORNIA

What a special time it was as family members gathered for Joel and Autumn’s wedding!  It was great to finally get to meet Autumn’s parents, siblings and extended family.  The setting was beautiful!  The weather was perfect!  The ceremony was very personal and meaningful.  It was a wonderful way to begin a lifetime as man and wife.  May God bless Joel and Autumn as they establish their home on the only sure foundation – Jesus Christ!


Our seventh grandchild – Lily Ann Greenwich

We were thrilled to receive the news of Lily Ann’s birth while we were preparing to leave Los Angeles to drive up the Pacific Coastal Highway to Woodside, where Joel and Autumn were married.  She was born August 25th in Nairobi, Kenya at approximately 9:30 pm.  What a precious blessing from the Lord!  It will be hard to wait until next summer to meet her!

A few minutes after Lily’s birth – proud Mom and Dad, Jeremy and Ann

Sleeping peacefully

Meeting big brothers, Gabe and Caleb and big sister, Madelyn