We believe that there is power in the life of Christ. In three years, fishermen were transformed into apostles and the world was never the same. When the life of Christ is present, the surrounding lives are affected in ways that shape generations. As Christ is alive in us, we believe that He has called us to invest our lives for the change of the generations by carrying comfort for the broken and hope for the needy. This calling manifests itself greatly in ministry to kids. Having both been raised in Christian homes and given our lives to Christ at early ages, we know the value of receiving gospel seed during the foundational years of life. We have been given a special passion to see the little ones among us grow into godly men and women who seek the face of God, because we know that as children grow up learning to love and be loved by God, they have much more of a chance to withstand the hardships of this world and flee the deceptive pleasures of sin.
We are all different, and the specific felt needs of a child, teen, or adult will vary, but the reality for all is that our greatest need is the true saving love that only comes from Christ. With young girls we strive to see them grasp the beauty of God’s image (Imago Dei) and how to live pure and happy lives. With the boys we urge them onward to have courage of knights and to rise up as little men who honor women and serve the great King of Kings.
Recognizing each specific physical or emotional need as an opportunity embrace a heart with the love of Christ, we pray for the Spirit to use our lives to reflect that love into the hearts of all who God put in our reach. That they may know, and rise to tell their children of God’s greatness, and in so doing change the generations with the truth of grace.
Gleba B is one of the first favela communities that A.M.O. reached. I (Jessica) have been going to this community since 1999 when I was a pre-teen and it's been incredible to see the growth of this community since its beginnings. Today, we have kids in our kids classes who are children of kids we once taught years ago! We've developed wonderful relationships with the children and their families over the years. This is just a little glimpse at what it looks like when we're there :)
I gave my life to Christ at 6 years old, and at age 7 my family began a full time traveling evangelistic ministry around the United States. During that time I was able to grow in the Lord and in different areas of ministry that I see being used now in my work in Brazil. Since 2013, I have been here investing much of my time walking alongside young men and boys from the favelas who have a desire to rise up into God-honoring manhood and break the generational cycle of abuse and addictions. God gave me a special calling to 4 young boys who have gone through many trials, including the loss of their parents, to invest in their spiritual and mental development. I lead in the AMO agriculture projects and am developing a culinary outreach program, lead the worship teams and teach kids and teen Bible classes in two of our churches. I also assist with the construction projects, maintenance of our main campus, and fill in for our Pastor on occasion. I have seen God do so many amazing things and count it the greatest joy to see Him work through my life to show hope in His love to the lost and broken hearted with the comfort found in Christ.