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Pioneers in Mato Grosso

The laying of the corner stone at Rua Maceió, 1411, where the Anunciação (Annunciation) Parish is located was on August 19th, 2001. The first minister in charge of the mission in Mato Grosso, Rev. Masakazu Tamaki, was installed by the Archbishop Glauco Soares de Lima on February 8th 2002. We received the visit of the Archbishop of Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Anglican Church of Japan) in 2003 after the World Encounter of Archbishops in Gramado – RS.

The construction work on the structure of the main building was begun on August 2004 with the support of the Archbishop Toru Uno of Nippon Sei Ko Kai and the Parish of St. Michael in Osaka and was inaugurated on November 27th, 2005. The community has been working to complete the work in improvements. The Mission was promoted to the Parish of the Annunciation in 2005, becoming the first Anglican Church in Mato Grosso.

The Annunciation Parish is involved in several activities, such as the Episcopal Anglican Women’s Union, which provides women with activities that encourage spiritual growth, through Bible studies, as well as planning programs in the assistance, social and finance areas, serving the Lord with joy. The women are also actively engaged in the Ecumenical Assistance Movement in the region, offering skill building courses for underprivileged women, as well as serving in the altar guild, visiting the sick and prayer ministry.

The Social Diaconia has been developing a project of Senior Dancing with the elderly, in Campo Verde, under the guidance of Mrs. Sachiko Tamaki, this is to promote wellness, quality of life and build self esteem in this bracket of the population. The amplification of the work with APAE, CAPS students and the children also grew last year and continues to involve more volunteers from the city.

The young people in the community also participate a lot in their activities, in their roles as helpers in Bible school. With the help of the young people, there are always three or four Bible quizzes a year and Christmas plays, choir and puppet shows. Since 2005, the young people have also been participating in an ecumenical chime choir along with young people from other denominations (Roman Catholics and Lutherans).

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