Grace House Amazon
Above is the progression of the Grace House construction from time of purchase until now.
When we first moved to the little jungle town of Benjamin Constant, it did not take long for us to recognize the tremendous need for a safe place for neglected and abandoned children. There are hundreds of children without the love and physical care they need, whether temporarily or permanently.
We began praying about how God would have us be a part of the solution to this growing problem. We knew that our skills and passions were in line with being the facilitators, but we wanted a team of Brazilian nationals to run the home.
Not long after meeting Rosa, we knew she would be the perfect fit. When we approached her with the idea, she just had a humble smile and said, “God called me to do this 20 years ago. I’ve just been doing what I could all that time waiting for Him to open the doors.” For nearly 20 years, she has essentially run a children’s home from her own house but with little to no resources, just faith in a big God.
We are in the beginning phases of making this home into a NGO (non-governmental organization) recognized here in Brazil. In November of 2013, God provided the funds for us to purchase a small home. We have completed renovations to this home, situated right in the midst of an empoverished government housing project. Rosa has 4 children in her care full time (in addition to her three biological children, one adopted daughter, and her husband’s love child).
We call the home “Grace House” because if it weren’t for God’s grace in our own lives, we wouldn’t have the love in our hearts to show that same grace to these children with so many hurts and needs.
Many of the kids each lunch at Grace House on weekdays.
Grace House provides a safe place for children to study and play.
In March 2016, we began a feeding and day program for the kids of the neighborhood where Grace House is located. This neighborhood is comprised of 18 government provided homes (Grace House is a renovation of one of them) as well as other homes where many empoverished families live. Rosa knows this community well and has reached out to specific children who do not receive meals on a regular basis. We are providing lunch Monday through Friday for on average 15-20 kids.
Additionally, 58 children participate in our day program throughout the week. This program provides tutoring, mentorship, biblical teaching and discipling, as well as a safe place to study and play. We have three staff members and three volunteers who help with all of the needs of the home, from cleaning to cooking to tutoring to discipling. We have other community volunteers who come several times a week for Bible study and extracurricular activities like cross-stitching.
We hope to expand to offer classes in music, language arts, and art (but we need more volunteers!)
You can follow the journey of Grace House on our Facebook as we continue to watch God perform miracles in this little town in the Amazon Jungle.
All of these efforts are supported solely by the sacrificial giving of our brothers and sisters in Christ. If you would like to give to the work of Grace House, follow this link.