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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Trip Overview

Journey to Rio

The coastal and cosmopolitan city of Rio de Janeiro is a youthful and dynamic melting pot where all generations come together to share interests and culture.

We invite you to engage this culture, learning and doing together, while breaking down dividing walls and creating opportunities to share Jesus with young people desperate to know and follow Him.

We walk alongside our Brazilian partners who live daily with the same passion for following Jesus and compassion for the lost and vulnerable. Be a life-giver by creating opportunities for Brazilian youth to know Jesus and to follow Him with us together.

From Rio's poorest communities, known as "favelas," to the city's famed surfing beaches, serve alongside Brazilian partners who live with a passion for life, Jesus and their neighbors.

You'll combine English, art, sports and camp as a bridge to introduce kids, teens and young adults to Jesus. You'll learn together in the poor communities (favelas) of the city reaching out to at a-risk children confronted with violence, street and domestic, and sexual abuse. We'll also ride Rio’s wild wave of passion for surfing on the best surf beaches of the city reaching out to some of Rio’s surfing communities. You can expect weekly time to develop a relationship with a mentor for the purpose of life learning and development. You'll meet exciting young Brazilian Christ followers and walk alongside our young Brazilian partners, who live daily with a passion for life, Jesus and the church and compassion for the needy and the lost. Your ministries will be lived out in their world.

You'll see the whole city of Rio de Janeiro, visible and hidden, beautiful and ugly, traveling to a variety of neighborhoods and tourist attractions. You'll stay at the ReachGlobal mission house in Recreio dos Bandeirantes living in community with one another and the Weyandt family.

Destination Overview

Rio de Janeiro is a cosmopolitan metropolis, known worldwide for its beauty and its natural resources, such as the Christ the Redeemer and the Tijuca Forest attracting more than 2 million foreign visitors each year. Rio has received major events like the World Cup (2014) and the Olympics (2016). Brazil is also known for its 1,000 slums or favelas (shanty towns) plagued by urban plight. Thus, Rio has a visible and hidden side. Our ministry partners live with a passion for life and know how to enjoy the beauty of Rio. These same Brazilians love God and are very present in Rio, offering a new mercy and compassion that only Jesus can give.

Ministry Partners: • Caju Life Church • Christian Surfers Brazil • Redemis: Salt and Light • Celivre: Community Evangelical Free Church

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