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Bell Shoals’ Youth Travel To Brazil For A Mission Trip

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Many Floridian served the needy teens devote their there,” said long-awaited spring Hutchison. break to amusement The Bell parks and beaches— Shoals teens also but not the missionjoined forces with minded teens from Project Vida, a Bell Shoals Baptist group of traveling Church. The group of missionaries. “The 42 dedicated their great thing about week of spring break Brazil is that we to sharing the gospel get to go into the with a mission trip to schools and Along with spreading the gospel, the youth Curitiba, Brazil. preach the gospel. showed Jesus’ love by attending to the needs of homeless. After six months The students line of preparation, the tentative teens boardup to see us, and the teachers are so ed an airplane where they temporarily happy for us to be there. We share culturstepped out of their tidy suburban lives al things, but also share why we are and into the favelas (slums) of Brazil. The there, which is to glorify God and make population of Curitiba is approximately His name known throughout the world,” 1.8 million with about 10 percent of its said Hutchison. inhabitants living in corrugated tin and Acts of violence, substance abuse, and sexual offenses permeate Brazil with wood shanties. the reverberations felt by its adolescent Mark Hutchinson from Bell Shoals population. In response, the Bell Shoals prepared and led the youth mission trip. group performed dramas in the schools With 22 mission trips completed, to address these topics and offer better Hutchinson’s expertise and heart for alternatives. Following the dramas, the Christ guided and supported the novice teens shared the gospel with Bible tracts group. and relayed personal testimonies The teens journeyed into the favelas “For 15 years, we have enjoyed the where they encountered the poorest of life-transforming opportunities of ministerthe poor. “The people were kind and ing in Brazil. The harvest is plentiful and thankful for us coming and sharing God's the doors open to share "the Way, the love and truth...We did face painting on Truth and the Life in Jesus Christ," said children. We cut hair, provided blood Hutchison. More than 4,000 souls heard pressure checks and personal counselthe gospel while 200 homeless were fed ing. Many were saved and encouraged. Many responded as we spent time caring and encouraged. Project Vida and local churches will follow up on the youth’s for them. It was truly humbling. Our stumission. For info, visit dents were bold and fearless as they

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