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Building a training centre in Recife, Brazil

PeruThe Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada is partnering with the Diocese of Recife, specifically Christ the Liberator Anglican Church, to complete construction of an Anglican Center of Holistic Mission. This classroom complex will be adjacent to the Church building, and will house an educational and vocational training centre, as well as a mission centre. The Centre will:
Train unemployed people in learn new vocational skills.
Provide children and youth with literacy and educational classes.
Train lay missionaries to take the Good News to the poor and unreached.

Our funding of this project will enable Christ the Liberator, and its well-qualified project leaders, to address community issues of low education, unemployment and violence while meeting the spiritual needs of the neighborhood.We will help the Church also realize its vision of opening a missions centre that will train parishioners to reach the interior – northeast region – of Brazil with the Good News.

Goal: $61,600

The need
Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to more than 200 million people.While the country as a whole has experienced economic growth recently, the northeast region, where the Diocese of Recife is located, remains one of the poorest in Brazil, with a history of violence, poor education and a lack of services.According to the Economist, “It [the northeast region] has 28 percent of the country’s people but just 14 percent of its GDP. A fifth of the area's adults are illiterate, twice the national rate.” While the area recently began to experience economic growth, this has served to magnify the disparity between the rich and poor, the educated and those who have been denied opportunity.

The project
The project is located in “Conjunto Cidade Maravilhosa” in the neighborhood of “Valentina de Figueiredo”, a suburb (of about 60,000) of João Pessoa city, the capital of Paraíba State, in Northeast Brazil where Christ the Liberator Anglican Church is building an Anglican Center of Holistic Mission.This building will include an educational and vocational training centre as well as a mission centre which will train church planters and missionaries.

The education and professional training centre will help unemployed people in the community learn new skills and provide youth with a formal education.Classes will be offered in literacy, English, computer applications, sewing, and cooking.Those with learning disabilities will receive specialized help.The Church plans to offer daily Bible studies and discipleship programs for youth and adults, as well as children’s programs.The funds we raise will go towards building construction costs as well as buying computers and needed equipment.

Our project partners
The Parish – This small congregation has been ministering to the spiritual needs of its community for 13 years through services, prayer meetings, discipleship groups, Bible classes, children’s programs, Alpha, and dramatic presentations.Parish members are committed to the Centre, donating money (despite the low income of many), and volunteering their time to help with construction.Qualified parishioners and others have committed themselves to working as volunteers teaching classes in the Centre.

The Diocese – Recife was one of the first dioceses in the Americas to stand up to the theological revisionism of its province.When the orthodox bishop, Robinson Cavalcanti, and 32 clergy members were deposed by the Primate of Brazil in 2005, 95 per cent of the parishioners in the diocese remained with their bishop.Like the Anglican Network in Canada and other Anglican Church in North America dioceses, the bishop and clergy of Recife were given episcopal refuge by Archbishop Greg Venables in the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.

Over the years, the clergy and people of the diocese have suffered much as a result of standing for Biblical faithfulness.However, since realigning out of the Brazilian church, the Diocese of Recife has experienced tremendous growth, more than doubling in size.The Diocese of Recife is highly regarded within the community and has a solid track record of service to the community.

It is a privilege for us to support our brothers and sisters in Recife in their ministry.

About the Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada (ARDFC)
ARDFC is a registered Canadian charity, associated with the Anglican Church in North America. It undertakes carefully selected and monitored aid projects in partnership with Anglican dioceses in developing nations. See our website www.ardfc.ca for more information.

How to support the work of ARDFC
Donations to ARDFC can be made:
Through your parish
Online using the secure CanadaHelps website. For information see:
By sending your cheque to: ARDFC · Box 1013 · Burlington, ON · L7R 4L8

Recife The Anglican Center of Holistic Mission will be build adjacent to the recently complete Christ the Liberator Anglican Church building.

» See a Recife project fact sheet
» See a Recife project profile
» See video – or listen to an MP3 – of a presentation to the ANiC Eastern
   Assembly as well a discussion with Archbishop Tito Zavala (Primate of the
   Southern Cone)
» Bulletin insert #1 – double-sided
» Bulletin insert #2 – double-sided


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