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A letter from Marta Carriker in Brazil

July 2010

Dear friends,

A woman volunteets helps a man as they look at a laptop.

One of the 200 people given career counseling.

Not too long ago I told you that our church would have an outreach program for our community. It happened one Saturday.

The day was cold and rainy, not a good day to attract our neighbors. But we had 82 volunteers ready to help people with haircuts, taking their blood pressure, testing for diabetes, teaching them to keep their teeth clean and how to have better posture, giving out seeds, helping with judicial problems, helping them get their documents in order, counseling in accounting, helping them write their CVs and applying for a job. Does that seem like a lot? It was, and we could not have done it without the help of institutions like the Order of Lawyers of Brazil (OAB) and people from City Hall who were there to help us reach out.

A young man cuts another man's hair

A free haircut as part of the jobs outreach.

The turnout was not what we had expected, but about 200 people were helped that day — and the experience was priceless. This was the first time our church promoted something like that. We could feel the willingness to bless others, to get along, and to make the day worthwhile. And that is exactly what the outcome was, a wonderful day spent with church members who worked side by side with non-members and enjoyed themselves doing it. We got to know one another better and were able to help some people along the way. I believe we all came out feeling we were the most blessed.

For those of you who said a little prayer about this project of our church, THANKS! For those of you who have done similar work, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US!

In His love,
Marta Carriker

The 2010 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 298


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