SAM missionaries, Craig and Mary Delille, walked through Frei Damião, a forgotten section of Dois Unidos, on the outskirts of Recife, Brazil, and knew right away their calling to provide adequate housing to replace the patch-work tin and tarp-covered homes in which many families were living. They soon learned that behind the thin veils of homes were other desperate needs like food and literacy training. Most notably, there was the need to know that God’s love extends to every corner of this world, especially to the seemingly forgotten places.
In partnership with local churches, their desire is to respond to the felt needs they encounter in South America, demonstrating God’s heart for the poor in their local communities. The DeLilles are now working alongside several pastors and in three different communities to teach discipleship in their churches and encourage church members to be the church in the world. Loving God and loving others.
Music is a platform to reach the Dois Unidos community for Christ. Recently, this platform progressed to a new level with the opening of a school in Dois Unidos—Touch of the Master Music School. By promoting a deeper understanding of our creative nature and its direct connection to our Creator, we seek to be agents of heart change so that the music the students make promotes the values and principles that lead to godly behavior. The school offers theory and practice in guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. The SAM Recife team—made up of accomplished musicians—are the instructors and shepherds at the school.
Soccer ministry has given the Recife ministry team opportunities to pour into the lives of young soccer players God’s love. Teaching respect, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork are among the important life lessons the children are learning through sports.
Please pray for the DeLilles and their ministries. Craig’s mission responsibilities have increased beyond the work in Recife. Being the South America Mission field director for Brazil, he travels several times a year to SAM’s Bible school for the indigenous. In addition to handling administration needs, he teaches several classes at the school. Mary and the women’s ministry have added a new women’s Bible study and ministry project. Gennifer is now in her junior year of college. Shelby is a senior in high school and will soon be making college decisions.
Craig, Mary, Gennifer and Shelby send their love and thanks to our First Pres Family.
You can also read more about SAM here.
• A gift of $10 buys a bible or study materials for an individual family to join in Bible study.
• A gift of$25 buys a food basket that gives necessary sustenance–and a big dose of hope.
• A gift of $250 is like placing a foundational brick in one of the new houses in Dois Unidos.
But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish. Psalm 9:18
Check out these videos from the DeLilles: