Brazil

Cândido Mota, São Paulo – Brazil

Cândido Mota, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: July 2014 Local Church Partner: Evangelical Church of Biblical Revival Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 50-60 Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high levels of male incarceration Interesting tidbits: Cândido Mota is also known by the nickname, “Gigante Vermelho” or “Giant Red” because of the color of its exceptionally

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Vila Progresso Community – Assis

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: 2011 Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 50-60 Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, youth prostitution, addiction, violence, high male incarceration Interesting tidbits: Started in a struggling public school, the Open Arms program in Vila Progresso serves one of the most notorious neighborhoods in Assis.


Cohab IV Community

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: August 2006 Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 60+ Local Church Partner: Independent Presbyterian Church of Paulista Garden Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration, youth prostitution Interesting tidbits: This, the very first Open Arms outreach project, was started by our founders, Michael & Patricia Meyers,

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Project Zadok – Youth Detention Center

Marília, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: 2011 Geographic setting: Youth Detention Center Language: Portuguese Youth participating: 75-100 inmates Local Church Partner: Independent Presbyterian Church of Paulista Garden Approach: A combination of teaching, prayer, worship, discipleship and mentoring upon release. Interesting tidbits: Eduardo was released from this facility in 2007 at the age of 17.  He came to the Lord that year and began

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Assis – Boys Soccer Outreach

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: 2009 Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 100+ (Ages 6-15 years) Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration Approach: Through the vehicle of sport our coaches and volunteers use God’s Word to mentor these young people and develop in them Christian character traits that will serve

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Assis – Girls Soccer Outreach

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: October 2010 Local Church Partner: Independent Presbyterian Church Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 50-60 Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration Interesting tidbits: Open Arms girls play a popular version of soccer called “Futsal.” It is played on a basketball court with a heavier, low-bounce

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Assis III Community

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: August 2010 Local Church Partner: Independent Presbyterian Church Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 50-60 Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration Interesting tidbits: Eduardo grew up in this neighborhood as a gang member.  He returned here several years after leaving a juvenile detention center to

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Colinas Park Community

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: May 2010 Local Church Partner: A partnership of Baptist and Presbyterian Churches Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 100+ Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration Interesting tidbits: This neighborhood became the largest slum in the city of Assis when a government housing project was completed

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Nova Aquidauana Community

Aquidauana, Mato Grosso do Sul – Brasil Project started: January 2010 Local Church Partner: UNIEDAS (Network of Indigenous Churches), Pastor Gino Urban Mission: Mixture of Brazilian and Indigenous Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 60-70 Economy: Cattle, Tourism, Lumber Challenges: Poverty, alcohol addiction, child abandonment, prostitution Interesting tidbit: Aquidauana sits at the beginning of one of the world’s largest wetlands, the Pantanal, which straddles

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Limão Verde (Green Lemon) Indian Reservation

Aquidauana, Mato Grosso do Sul Brasil Project started: In 2013 as a result of Sarita’s work in a neighboring reservation. Local Church Partner: UNIEDAS (Network of Indigenous Churches) Tribal Group: Terena Indians Language: Portuguese & Terena Children participating per week: 60-70 Economy: Small-scale farming Challenges: Alcohol addiction, poverty, unemployment, violence, conflict with ranchers Interesting tidbits: Learn to say “Great God” in Terena – Hanaiti

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