The greater Florianópolis area has been growing VERY fast since we moved here in 2009.
A southern suburb of the city, Palhoça, is the fastest growing city in the state, in part because its property values are lower than anywhere nearby. In the past two years we have had two families from our church buy homes there and a new family that has been attending our church since January is living there as well. Because of traffic problems these families cannot get to church on Wednesday evenings and so in February we began having a mid-week study there on Thursdays to minister to these families as well as reach into the community.
We praise the Lord for an incredible group of people each Thursday night. We have had between 8-11 adults participating in the study as well as 3 adolescents. We have also had to have a nursery and a children´s class to serve the seven younger children who attend as well!
We recently met with a missionary couple from Rio Grande de Sul who are planning to move up here sometime this year. Maybe they will be a part of planting a church in this growing city. Who knows what God has in store for us here in the city of Palhoça but we are thankful to be able to have a Gospel witness here for now.