WHO WE ARE
Hello. We are the Edwards family and we are pioneer missionaries. The Lord has graciously allowed us to serve in Costa Rica, Panama, Portugal and the Dominican Republic, but our primary calling is to Brazil. We have ministered in Brazil from North to South since 1998. We have planted churches in the Amazon, helped churches in São Paulo and are currently serving in the Catarina Mountains of southern Brazil - in the heart of one of the most Gospel needy areas of the country. Our focus has always been on areas where there is a need for Biblicly sound, Gospel preaching churches. From 2011 through 2017, we have worked to establish the Igreja Batista Biblica Internacional (International Bible Baptist Church) in Lages, Santa Catarina.
Lages has around 180,000 souls and there is much opportunity to spread the Gospel in this region. There are 80 subdivisions without sound churches to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, outlying towns and cities surround Lages here in the mountains, and we are launching the Pioneer Mission Initiative to reach our subdivisions and these outer towns over the course of the next 15 years.
The Pioneer Missions Initiative is a special project involving evangelistic strategies to reach these subdivisions and towns with home Bible studies, preaching points and VBS style ministries. We also want to partner with US churches to organize short-term mission trips involving VBS teams, as well as construction and medical missions teams.
With the help of the Gospel Preacher Association (GPA), and other mission teams, we are able to minister by land, sea and air. With the Gospel ship, Mercy's Vessel, GPA Mobilization Ministries and GPA Youth Missions , we are praying for God to open more doors and help us reach more souls for His kingdom and glory.
We are nobodies, serving a Somebody in Brazil. We covet your prayers, and if you would like to contact us, feel free to call me at 352-895-5334. We would be more than happy to tell you more about Brazil. We are also available to schedule a time to visit your church and share more about our ministry. God Bless you!
Mark, Sheri, Katlyn, Wyatt, Amelia and Sam