Servant Life is thankful for the opportunity to work with the International Mission Board and is excited to have this new IMB partnership beginning in 2016. Chris and Melody Julian have been missionaries in Brazil for more than twenty years, focusing primarily on engaging college students at local universities through English classes and in social settings. After establishing a successful ministry and house church in their most recent setting, Chris and Melody moved to a new region of Brazil in 2014 outside the southern city of Porto Allegre. Although Brazil has a reputation as a Christian nation, it is estimated that only about 1% of the population in this region practices evangelical Christianity.
Chris and Melody have a house church ministry called Zoe—which means “life” in Greek. They have a three-fold goal of engaging in ministry on college campuses, in local neighborhoods, and in the rest of the city. They value short-term teams as an integral part of their long-term ministry. A team in 2014 helped them with campus and community outreach, and their week of ministry resulted in the establishment of a house church in their new region. Brazilian students have loved interacting with
For more about their ministry, check out this video.
Who can go? This trip is only open to juniors and seniors in high school, or college students, since you will primarily be interacting with other college students. In Brazil it is common for students to start university at age 17. All trip participants should be ready to build relationships and connect with international students.
What will my team be doing? Your primary ministry opportunities will take place on nearby college campuses. You will get to participate in English classes and be hanging out in common areas over the course of a few days during the school week. The goal is not only to build relationships on campus, but also to invite those students to a house party at the end of the week. This house party will be a great opportunity for college students to mix with members of the church, so that church members can develop relationships with these students and ultimately get them connected to the church.
What does my cost include?
• In-country transportation
• Supplemental Traveler's Insurance
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Pre, During, and Post-trip Devotionals
Airfare is not included in this cost, but Servant Life does offer to book all airfare reservations.
A visa is not included in this cost either, but each team member will need to obtain a Brazilian visa. Servant Life does offer to do this for you for about $250 per person. The base cost of the visa is about $160, but there is also a processing fee (roughly $75, paid to an online organization) if you are unable to submit the visa to the consulate in person. There is also a shipping fee so that the consulate can mail your visa. Servant Life is happy to help you with this process, but groups wanting to save money might be able to submit the application in person to avoid the $75 processing fee. A list of Brazilian consulates can be found here.