Tuesday, March 5, 2013

An Adventure of a Lifetime!

An Invitation to Life in a Slum

Who wants to come and live in a slum? Maybe for just a little while? Or maybe for the rest of your life, if you had the choice?!  It doesn’t seem like the most attractive way of life for most of us, but wouldn’t it be the “place to be” if you wanted to make a difference in the world? If you have said “yes” to any of these questions, then maybe this is for you.

Come and do a DTS (Discipleship Training School) here in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. This school will have a strong focus on slums, poor communities, human trafficking and children at risk. You will be living in a slum for 6 months. During the lecture phase you will be in one of the most dangerous slums in Belo Horizonte.  During your outreach you will be able to go to the slums of Rio de Janeiro or Recife in Brazil.  Or who knows, maybe you will even go to the poorest neighborhoods in Guinea Bissau, Africa.  
Doesn’t that sound like an adventure? 

Sadly though, poverty and injustice are all too real for many people today. When we read the Bible, we meet the God who grieves for the poor, the marginalized and the voiceless.  God grieves for the 13 year old girl named Suzana forced into prostitution by her own family for as little as $5 a client.  And also for the 22 year old named Luiza promised a career and a new start in a western nation only to find herself to become1 of the 27 million slaves today.  What about the small boy Edson already involved in violent gang life since he does not see a better future for himself in the poverty stricken slum he lives in.......It does not have to be like this!

Over 2,000 verses in the Bible speak of God’s heart for the poor. This is Good News! But what a challenge lies before us to speak up and make a difference...to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly.

The aim of the DTS is to promote personal spiritual growth, prepare you for Christian ministry and lay a foundation of Biblical principles in your life.  A DTS is a time in your life set apart to focus on your relationship with Jesus and gain understanding of who God has created you to be. In drawing near to God you learn expressions of His heart both personally and through acts of service and compassion towards others. Your ability to work with, relate to others, and gain cultural perspectives is sharpened through this experience.

Right now we have a DTS doing their outreach in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. It is a mixed group of young people from 4 different countries, all eager to make a difference and to find out what God’s plan is for their lives.  They can’t wait to live the adventure God has for them for the rest of their lives. Is living in radical obedience to God’s calling and using your specific talents for the expansion of God’s Kingdom something you want to be a part of too?

Our next DTS with a focus on poor communities starts this year on the 14th of July. So if you feel called, challenged or moved, now is the time to start working on your visa, and hopefully we’ll see you soon!

For more information click HERE or go to: www.bhcentro.jocum.org.br

Written by: Johanneke de Jong
YWAM Belo Horizonte Newsletter, December 2012


We wanted to share this information about this special DTS coming up in July.  Felipe will be directly working with this DTS!

If you would like to come to Brazil and be a part of this PLEASE get in touch with the YWAM Belo Horizonte's admissions department SOON for more info.   
The email is:  bhcentro@jocum.org.br
You will need to get a visa to come to Brazil, but there is still time if you would like to come. 

Come and experience an adventure of a lifetime!

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