In Santa Cruz do Sul, we are ministering in a region which is 2% evangelical. In 2019, we hope to launch book studies and outreach ministries.
The first church planting ministry we worked in will celebrate 9 years as an established church plant in Bushkill, PA. Mountain Stream Baptist Church is reaching families in the NE United States from many different cultural backgrounds. We are honored that they are now one of our financial partners as we continue the ministry of church planting in Brazil.
Our second church planting ministry took place in Porto Alegre, RS Brazil. Igreja Batista Esperanca (Hope Baptist) welcomed charter members in June of 2014, after 8 years of planning, preparation and launch. Our work among them involved developing the youth group, outreach/sports ministries, discipleship, and leadership training. They have all Brazilian leadership now and the long-term Brazilian intern, Maicon, was ordained and is now serving as their Pastor. Warton, another intern from IBE, (picture here) was baptized by Maicol in 2014. He participated in our Youth Group and now, after a 3 year pastoral internship, he is currently in the US serving in a church restoration work and hoping to raise support to become a church planter in Southern Brazil.