Our ministry partner in Brazil is reaching out to riverside communities which are only accessible by boat and are isolated from the education, the medical care and the employment needed to improve their lives.
The Evangelical Mission for Assistance to Fishermen (EMAF) has a team of 85 workers who serve the needs of remote fishing villages. These communities live in remote, water-accessed villages. The water sustains them, but just barely and their isolated existence insulates them from the help they need to improve their lives. These Brazilian missionaries are committed to demonstrating practical care as well as preaching the truth of the Gospel.
EMAF run several children’s centres within these fishing communities which offer daily programmes for more than 350 children. They receive meals, clothing, shoes and healthcare as well as spiritual outreach and support for the entire family. They are taught to cultivate healthy eating, personal hygiene habits, environmental awareness and moral principles.
EMAF’s missionaries have reached over 1,600 villages, planting 37 churches and establishing many regular home groups. Many of the villages they are reaching are only accessible by boat or long forest treks. They are committed to training local leaders so that the Word of God will continue to spread.
Health and Medical Relief
Voluntary health teams are a special instrument of God in the expansion of His Kingdom in these remote communities which suffer with poor access to medical and dental assistance. Doctors, dentists, nurses and laboratory technicians invest their talents, time and profession to serve EMAF, with short-term trips to serve the riverside population free of charge. They often use a floating clinic to serve water access only communities.
EMAF utilises the region’s natural resources and the artistic ability of villagers to generate more household income for communities through responsible and sustainable practice. Examples include coconut pressing and other craftsmanship. They also run sustainable poultry farming, through no costly investment and little environmental impact, with the aim of increasing the community’s household income and preventing further damage to the floodplains of the Amazon.
Brazil stretches roughly 2,700 miles from north to south and from east to west. It encompasses a wide range of tropical and subtropical landscapes, including wetlands, savannas, plateaus, and low mountains. Brazil contains most of the Amazon River basin, which has the world’s largest river system and the world’s most-extensive rainforest. It struggles with extreme social inequalities, environmental degradation, intermittent financial crises, and a sometimes deadlocked political system.