Preparations for the upcoming 25th annual missions trip to Brazil are well underway.
ALEXANDRIA – Preparations for the upcoming 25th annual missions trip to Brazil are well underway.
The July 10-23 trip is hosted by Wayne Jenkins, Louisiana Baptist Convention’s evangelism and church growth director. The destination again this year is Belo Horizonte, capital city in the state of Minas Gerais.
At least 160 people are needed for the two-week, multi-ministry mission trip that includes preaching, visiting, basketball, prison and street witnessing, vacation Bible school, drama, music, dentistry, medicine, construction and more.
“Money for the worm medicine is in hand,” Jenkins said. What costs $8/dose in the U.S. costs $1/dose in Brazil, so money is collected for the anticipated number of doses that will be needed, he explained.
“Two [church] buildings are basically covered,” Jenkins continued. Leaders in the Brazilian National Baptist Convention have requested that three cinderblock churches be built this year, at a cost of about $10,000 per church for materials.
“Two professional brick masons’ way has been paid to facilitate quality construction,” Jenkins’ said. “We need another building and another brick mason’s way paid.”
Jenkins encouraged churches to consider sponsoring a church building. They could name it the same as their church, such as Emmanuel Baptist-South, for example, and enter into an ongoing partnership with that church.
“For less than $13,000, they could provide for a building and a professional bricklayer to build it,” Jenkins said. “We’d encourage a church who’d want to do that to come on the mission trip and really bond with the congregation, to attend the dedication service and maybe put up a plaque or a photograph to tie the two congregations together. But if you’re not able to, we’ll have a photographer on hand and maybe a videographer.”
Also needed: a plethora of over-the-counter medicines, such as big bottles of children’s vitamins – the size available at Sam’s Club – as well as adult vitamins, healing ointments, ibuprofen, acid reflux relief, Ace bandages and the like.
There’s more: antihypertensive medicine; antibiotic powder for infants, tablets for children and capsules for adults; antihistamines and cold preparations, antifungal medications and vaginal creams, asthma and emphysema medications, iron tablets, lomotil in bottles of 1,000; laxatives, cough syrup, throat lozenges, stomach aids and the like.
Doctor’s aids also are needed: tongue depressors, small cups, trash bags, gloves, Band-Aids, plastic spoons, alcohol and the like.
Dentists also will be ministering during the 2009 Brazil mission trip. Needed for them: toothbrushes, toothpaste, Vicodin, Toradol, Lidocaine-HCI2 percent, Epinephrine, 4×4 gauze and 2×2 gauze.
Sharon Walker, a pharmacist and member at Kingsville Baptist in Pineville, is organizing the medical supplies for the Brazil trip. They may be mailed to Brazil Medical Missions at the Baptist Building: 1250 MacArthur Dr., Alexandria LA 71303 or PO Box 311, Alexandria LA 71309.
“Many people will prefer to just send money, and that’s fine too,” Jenkins said. “Sharon and her team know how to find great bargains.” He also suggested people in Louisiana churches ask doctors, dentists, pharmacists and pharmaceutical sales reps for medical supplies they might donate.
“Last year more than 2,900 people made spiritual decisions because Louisiana Baptists and their friends sent 158 people to do God’s work in Belo Horizonte,” Jenkins said. “More than 2,000 people received medical or dental attention, and three churches were built.
“This will be our third year in Belo Horizonte, a city of more than 4 million people, 98 percent of whom don’t know Jesus,” Jenkins continued. “The people there are expecting us, and the Baptists there are praying for us, praying for what God will do with us working together in God’s Kingdom work.”
The Louisiana team will be working with David and Laura Bledsoe, SBC International Mission Board missionaries, who are supported by the Cooperative Program giving of Southern Baptist churches.
“We need as many as God calls, to go with us,” Jenkins said. “We need those who don’t go to pray that God will move in a mighty way, that lives will be changed for all eternity because of what Louisiana Southern Baptists are doing in Belo Horizonte. All of us together – those going, those giving, those praying – are partnering together to bring people the hope of Jesus Christ.”
For more information, contact Ministry Assistant Wendy Bordelon in Jenkins’ office: 318.448-3402, ext. 247.