Thousands of villages scattered along the coast of Brazil and tributaries in the Brazilian Amazon are home to fisherman and their families who can hardly survive off of what the water can supply. These riverside communities are only accessible by boat and are isolated from education, medical care, and the gainful employment needed to improve their lives. Many families are caught in a cycle of poverty and widespread substance abuse.
We have been working alongside our ministry partner, the Evangelical Mission to Assist Fisherman (EMAF) since 1986 — bringing the hope of the gospel and holistic development to remote fishing communities in Brazil. Over the years EMAF has reached over 1,000 fishing communities along the coast of Brazil and at the mouth of the Amazon. EMAF is now journeying into the Brazilian Amazon to reach the remote, unseen communities along the Purus River to transform lives with the gospel.