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Central & South America

Central & South American
Mission Partners

Evangelical Mission for Assistance to Fisherman (EMAF)

The remote, water-accessed villages scattered along Brazil’s coastline and up the Amazon River are home to thousands of fishermen and their families. The water sustains them—but just barely. And their isolated existence insulates them from the help they need to improve their lives.

The Evangelical Mission for Assistance to Fishermen (EMAF) has a team of 130 workers who serve the needs of these remote fishing villages and bring the hope of the gospel to their residents. These Brazilian missionaries are committed to demonstrating practical care as well as preaching the truth.

Today, EMAF has successfully made contact with nearly all the fishing villages along the coast and are moving to their next phase of ministry: ministering to the 33,000 remote, unreached riverside communities up the Amazon and its tributaries. More specifically reaching the 1,200 people along the Purus river.

  • Workers have reached over 1,000 villages, planting churches and establishing scores of regular preaching points and home groups.
  • EMAF mobilizes medical and dental teams to make visits to communities on a rotating basis, often using a floating clinic to serve water access only communities.
  • The ministry has also established several literacy centers that empower both children and adults who have limited access to education.
  • In one year, 4,689 people have been given medical or dental help
  • EMAF operates several childrens’ centers, which offer daily programs for preschool children who receive meals, clothing, shoes, health care, Bible teaching and much love.

Hands of Luke

Founded in 1988 by Marco Samaniego, Hands of Luke Medical Ministries serves the people of Juarez, Mexico through medical care, children’s ministries, nutrition centers, and community centers. Through these ministries, Hands of Luke feeds 500-600 kids a day, provides medical care, pastoral training, and community development for underprivileged.

Read the APRIL 2020 Update

The Micah Project
John & Rebecca Bell

The Micah Project is a non-profit Christian organization in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, dedicated to providing young men in social risk situations with the spiritual, emotional, academic and physical resources to transform them into servant-leaders in their family, society, profession and faith community.

  • The Micah House is home for 15 to 20 boys from the streets or high-risk families.  The boys generally range in age from 11-20. They are all either part of the Micah home-schooling program or enrolled in a local high school and are involved in organized sports and other extra-curricular activities.
  • The Timothy House is the dorm-style home at the foot of the Buenos Aires neighborhood, where the young men who have finished high school live while they attend local colleges or trade schools.  Most of the guys also have jobs, either part time while going to school or full time as they enter the workforce.  Eventually these guys transition to independent living.
  • In 2015 the old Micah House, located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood, was converted to the Isaiah House  This is a place for older teenagers and young men to receive the support they need to leave life on the streets.  They receive emotional support, spiritual counseling, and skill training while they transition from living on the street, to the productive lives God intended.
  • The Micah Project Street Ministry reaches out to the children and youth living on the streets of Tegucigalpa.  The Micah Project family ministers to this marginalized population spreading the word that Jesus cares for them.  As these relationships grow in trust, some of the boys will begin living at the Micah or Isaiah Houses so they can receive the transformational love and care they need to leave the streets behind.

Read the 2020 Mid-Year Update