Go and be salt and light in a needy neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil as a missions intern

Jan - Dec 2020 | Action International Ministries

Children in a favela in Brazil

Trip #20288

Go and be salt and light in a needy neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil as a missions intern

Trip #20288

Children in a favela in Brazil

Action International Ministries

Location:

Brazil, South America

Dates:

Jan - Dec 2020
Lasts 1 week to 3 years

Activities:

Art, Drama, Music & Puppets, Teaching English, Urban Ministry, Internship, VBS/Bible Clubs,

Cost:

Approximately $1000 to $1200
** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
Agency: Action International Ministries
Location: Brazil, South America
Dates: Jan - Dec 2020
Lasts 1 week to 3 years
Activities: Art, Drama, Music & Puppets, Teaching English, Urban Ministry, Internship, VBS/Bible Clubs
Cost: Approximately $1000 to $1200
** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
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Live and serve with a missionary team in a poor community of São Paulo, teaching kids during their out-of-school hours and loving them into the kingdom of God.

Map Brazil
Felipe and Laura Matias and family 2016. Resident missionaries at the Sower House

What the Mission Trip Will Be Like

Felipe and Laura Matias and family 2016. Resident missionaries at the Sower House

Brazil: – MISSIONS INTERNSHIP
São Paulo, Brazil

CASA SEMEAR STATEMENT:

Casa Semear translated into English is “the Sower House.”

Casa Semear is a place where the seeds of God’s love and truth are continually being sowed into the lives of the at-risk children who attend the ministry’s programs.

Q & A with ACTION missionaries Felipe & Laura Matias and Robert & Silvana Meikle

1. What are some ministry tasks that you want the intern to accomplish while serving with you?

The intern will be working directly with underprivileged kids who live in Sao Paulo’s urban slums. Interns can expect to serve by assisting missionaries as they teach Bible lessons, provide educational support, and lead various activities during the daily program offered at Casa Semear.

Interns have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children and teens through spending quality time with them, playing games, doing art and crafts activities, teaching English and/or a musical instrument, aiding in leading and/or participating in sports ministry (including soccer, ping-pong, foosball, etc), and helping during various activities, special events and camping retreats.

The intern can also serve the ministry through completing practical tasks such as house maintenance, painting, and organizing the library and classroom areas.

The intern will be living relatively near a slum area, and should be a good neighbor to the kids and families.

The ministry program runs during the weekdays. Two Saturdays a month there is a worship service or a special event for the families and children living in the community.

There are several missionaries who speak English and Portuguese who can help facilitate the interns work (translation).

2. What are some key lessons from your ministry and walk with the Lord that you want to impart to the interns to help them as they consider their own individual call to missions or vocational ministry?

• Studying the Bible and practical application in everyday life and ministry

• Faithfulness in ministry rather than event orientation – speaking the truth in love day by day rather than depending on immediate results

• Harmonious living with cross-cultural missionary personnel: living and serving with missionaries from various countries

• Cultural adaptation and child evangelism and discipleship

• Prayer and trusting God for financial support

3. What criteria do you use to measure the effectiveness of an intern serving with you?

• Positive, healthy relationships with the children and with the team

• Long-term involvement with missions as prayer support, giving or return visits

• An attitude of service toward the local leadership

4. Please list specific skills an intern may expect to develop by the time the internship is completed.

• Experience in how to develop and strengthen cross-cultural friendships

• Less in child education and discipline

• Basic Portuguese language skills and the ability to communicate with Brazilians who know limited English

• Brazilian cultural awareness

• A deeper sense of humor

• Growth in their faith

The ministry is open and attending kids during the weekdays.

Here is a look at a typical day:

Breakfast – The kids arrive hungry and ready to eat a Brazilian breakfast which consists of a buttered French bread roll and coffee.

Activity Time – After breakfast, the kids are divided into groups based on their ages. Each group goes to a classroom space where age-appropriate activities and Bible teachings are led by the missionaries who serve at Casa Semear.

Free Time – After the activity time (depending on the person leading the activity), there is a little time for free play and open conversation. This is a time where the kids can complete follow-up activities, play educational games, read books, color, create art, chat with one another or with a missionary about whatever is on their minds.

At the end of the morning session, the kids return home for lunch and attend school in the afternoon.

An afternoon at Casa Semear runs almost exactly the same as the morning. A different group of children, who have spent all morning at school, come to participate at Casa Semear in the afternoons. They follow the same kind of schedule, but instead of eating breakfast upon arrival, they enjoy a hearty snack at the end of the ministry session.

Our days at Casa Semear also include praying with and for the kids, creatively dealing with challenging behaviors, spontaneous teachable moments, funny stories, interesting conversations with the kids, and lots of laughter, words of affirmation, and hugs! Many of the children attending Casa Semear come from troubled home and life situations. We take every advantage to share the message of Christ with them along with love, encouragement, and positive attention.

For more information including costs please email: [email protected] and visit actioninternational.org/matias

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Relation of Opportunity to National Church and/or Long-term Goals

Felipe and Laura Matias and Robert and Silvana Meikle are full-time residential missionaries in São Paulo, Brazil. They work to prevent children and youth from using drugs or becoming drug dealers themselves.

They want to support children and teenagers to live out worthy, honest, and responsible lives in their local communities, encouraging them to dream a life worth living and helping them to achieve their goals.

Through daily contact with the children, they intend to reach the families and support them in order to see the community being transformed, creating opportunities so families will be able to experience life in a more worthy and pleasant environment.

They believe the best service offered to the community is the one that is based on the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God to transform individual lives and the whole of society.

Additional Trip Information

Region:
South America
Country:
Brazil
Other Location Info:
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil with the greatest slum population in the nation. A little more than 1 million people currently reside in São Paulo slums. In this massive metropolitan area, there are more children living in at-risk situations than anywhere else in Brazil. The slums of Brazil are often full of violence, poverty, drug trafficking, addiction, lack of education, poor living conditions, teenage pregnancy, inadequate health care, unemployment and social breakdown on various levels. Casa Semear is a center that seeks to serve the children and families living in an urban slum community called Jardim Sao Jorge and the surrounding area, located in the south zone of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The missionaries at Casa Semear evangelize, disciple, and support the spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and educational development of at-risk kids living in slums through weekly groups and clubs. Please pray for the missionaries as they work in just one of the many slum areas located in the South Zone of São Paulo. God offers His abundant life and amazing love to the many children at-risk living in Brazil. It is our prayer that God would use us, as missionaries of ACTION, to share this important message. “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
Participant Age:
College, Adult, Seniors
Eligible to Go:
Families, Individuals, Married Couples
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Mission Trip Offered By Action International Ministries

Action International Ministries (ACTION) is a global mission agency committed to sending multi-national missionaries who treasure Jesus Christ and minister His Gospel in word and deed, primarily to the poor.

Our three-prong strategy for urban ministry can be defined under three headings: evangelism, discipleship, and development.

The mission currently has over 250 missionaries (and many other team members) in 32 countries. ACTION’s prayer target is for 221 additional missionaries to join them in the vital task of world missions, for the glory of God!

Our goal is to know God and take action! (Daniel 11:32)

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