Last Saturday, St Mary’s church hosted ‘An afternoon in Brazil’. 40 adults and many kids from St John’s, St Mary’s and across West London were attracted by food, games, crafts, raffle and more. But there was a serious message behind all the fun.
Brazil is famous for samba, beaches and football but sadly the country is also known for its social inequalities, child poverty and sexual exploitation. Half of Brazil’s 60 million children live in poverty, and many young people end up on the street in order to provide for themselves and their families. And so, ‘An afternoon in Brazil’ was a chance for everyone to hear about a CMS (Church Mission Society) project aimed at supporting vulnerable street girls in Olinda, in north‐east Brazil.
That project is Revive International. Andy and Rose Roberts (with their two young daughters Sofia and Julia), who head up Revive, spoke to everyone about their safe house where young women find security, a loving community and the chance to receive an education and rehabilitation. Girls come to them off the street aged as young as 10 or 11. Many have experienced terrible abuse and neglect.
Andy delivered an engaging presentation about Revive, explaining the strong Christian basis for the project: “We want to see these girls flourish. Like all of us, they are made in the image of God, and worthy of love, respect and lives filled with hope.” Andy went on to tell encouraging stories of several women whose lives have already been transformed by the work of Revive.
Find out more about Andy and Rose’s work at www.revive-international.org