Brazil CNSAM). March 24 – 29, 2014, Rev. Juan David Acosta, Coordinator of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) in South America recently traveled to Brazil. The D.S. of the Santa Catarina District and Brazil Evangelism Coordinator, Rev. Alfredo Mulieri accompanied him on the trip while they visited the Child Development Centers of the church in Curitiva, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Raimundo Nonato.
The four centers attend to the primary needs of around 980 children between the ages of 2-14. They center on the needs for food, Christian education, and tools for self-sustenance.
One center called,”Time of Love”, is located in Mezquita, Rio de Janeiro. They feed 150 children 2 to 12 years of age. They hope to open a training program for carpentry, baking, and computation for youth 14 to 18 years old.
In Nilopolis area, in the same city, is another center for educational development and Christian formation with an average of 600 children. This center is now financially self-sustaining.
The center in Curitiva has functioned for 14 years. It operates Monday through Friday and provides food, Christian education, attention to special needs, creative activities, and medical check-ups for more than 130 children. This is supported by donations from the local and district church, NCM of South America, and some private institutions.
A project in Sao Raimundo Nonato in the state of Piauí is in the formative stage. They care for 100 children daily for their food, Christian education, sports, and attention to special needs. This service takes place in a public plaza because the local Nazarene church does not yet have an adequate place. The Campinas Central Church is helping with the construction of the church, classrooms, and other facilities and the inauguration will take place at the end of this year. Rev. Mulieri offered a monthly offering from the district to rent a place while the church is being built.
We thank God for every church in Brazil and throughout South America who work for the integral development of children.
Reporter: José David Acosta.
Editor: Susana Cabral.
Translation: Cheryl Cox.