"I teach out at the House of Hope and I am very impressed with what they offer our community and the difference it has made for the people wanting to quit doing drugs," First Baptist Church Pastor Mark Thompson said. "I read lots of articles about people on the wrong side of the law and their addictions, but the House of Hope is safe place, free of charge for people to find clarity."
Pastor Thompson has been teaching scripture to the people at House of Hope for more than a year.
"This is a proactive, not reactive, ministry," he said. "These people are hungry for God's word."
Thompson, originally from West Virginia has only been Brazil for a few years, but he loves the community.
"I think the House of Hope is one of our greatest assets to the community," he said. "I am very passionate about the community, church and the possibility to change with the help of God."
He believes many people in the community are unclear about what the House of Hope is, except what they may find out during pancake breakfasts and yard sales.
"I think the awareness would help bring understanding to the community about the efforts of the House of Hope, their needs, and value to our area," Thompson said. "If a church can be what Jesus wants it to be then it needs to have its doors."
The date for the event is March 25, at 7 p.m. There is not cost to attend the event, and a free-will offering will be available.