“Jesus in the Streets” is a ministry that was begun by a group of young people in an urban church in downtown Recife Brazil with the purpose of showing homeless men and women how much Jesus loves them. What we were doing and how we are to do it has evolved over time. It began with a few dozen sandwiches and cups of soft drinks handed out on Wednesday nights after prayer meeting, and evolved into an outreach ministry to the homeless and chemical dependant. We work among a group of approximately 120 men, women and children who either live on the street or in favelas (slums) near Derby Park in downtown Recife, Brazil.
We hold weekly Sunday worship services in Derby Park with an average street population attendance of around 60 men, women and children. We also reach out to and provide assistance on a day to day basis for these same men and women and their extended family members in the areas of health, shelter and clothing, and documentation needs as well as employment and education opportunities. We work in cooperation with city and NGO’s to provide assistance for those wishing to overcome chemical dependancey issues. Whether they seek that assistance or not, we love them and help them all the same. Today three other similar ministries have begun in São Lourenço, Pernambuco, São Paulo, and Salvador, Bahia.