Renato's Horrible Accident


Renato and his family couldn't afford gas for their stove, so they attempted to use fluid from paint to start a fire to make food. They used too much and it exploded. Renato and his aunt were both badly burned.


Renato initially lost his memory and was unconscious, but he has regained both. His aunt will be released from the hospital within the week. Unfortunately, Renato only has a 15% chance of regaining vision in his left eye, and will be in the hospital for at least a month for all the serious burns all over his body. 

The immediate needs that he has are mineral oil/medications, towels, soap, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, clothes (10 year old), extra large diapers, snacks, and toys to help keep him occupied for the next month.

Public hospitals in Brazil normally have quite a few patients per room, with each one having one person staying with them to care for them--often sleeping on the floor and going without food to do so. It is very hard to visit if you are not immediate family, so I doubt we will be able to visit Renato, but we would love to support those who are.

The biggest need that they have is for food for those caring for Renato. At the hosptial, only Renato is given food, but he doesn't want to be alone. His other aunt had been there with him since he was burned--and had't had any food until when our friends visited. Contact Rachel at if you would like to help out in some way!

Children's Day at the Trash Dump!

It has been a year since we've been able to visit the trash dump (since last Children's Day!) and it was wonderful to see the kids! We will have an update video about the Trash Dump Community soon, as God is working mightily!

Gravata Ministry

In 2011, while Pastor Flavio was walking four kilometers every day to  Cajueiro Claro, God opened the doors for him to minister in a city called Gravata. It is about two hours away from Cajueiro Claro, making traveling difficult, but he faithfully served a couple of weekends every month. 

He was able to start a chess ministry in an area known as a drug hangout, and had a sports ministry as well. As he continued, he noticed an area on top of a hill that brought tourists and begging street children alike. He brought his guitar, sat down, and started serving them.

Children, and some mothers started coming, some of them giving their life to Jesus. It was a flourishing ministry with 20-40 children! In 2014, with time and transportation problems, Pastor Flavio passed on the ministry to a local Presbyterian church that he had connected with. While Cajueiro Claro only sends groups to visit for special events, the Gravata Ministry is still very close to our hearts. We have been so happy and excited to see Cris and the church in Gravata reaching out to the most needy in their own community, continuing the work that God began over five years ago!



Update on the Trash Dump

We had an adventure celebrating birthdays with the kids at the trash dump, and at the relocated community at the Matadouro:

Outreaches 2016

We are excited to be getting ready to kick off our outreaches with our Easter ministry coming up! Please keep that in your prayers. Here are the videos of our main outreaches: