AMO’s Main Campus is located in the city of Jarinú, SP. It is on the outskirts of the city on a small mountaintop, surrounded by trees. The two adjacent properties give our base of operation a total of 64,400 sq. meters of land. We have a vision for the poor not only of this generation, but for the generations to come. Kids and adults alike love coming to the AMO Main Campus, as it is something that they do not normally get to experience in their oppressed communities.
Basic facility use
At the AMO Main Campus, we provide lodging for Brazilian and international full-time volunteers, as well as visiting teams on mission. This is also where we host recreational activities, special events and sleep-over camps throughout the year for the people we serve in the shantytown communities. AMO’s Main Campus is currently the storage and distribution center for ministry equipment, supplies, food, clothes and all other goods that have been donated; from here it is dispersed to the communities as needed.
Jarinu Church & Outreach
On Sunday mornings, AMO brings children and families from poorer communities in the surrounding area (including Várzea Paulista) for recreation, swimming, basketball, soccer ball, ping-pong, and jumping on the trampoline. At 9:00am we all meet together under an extended roof to worship God. After music, singing, and prayer requests, we split up into three different classes; one class teaches the books of Genesis through Acts to non-beleivers, another class is geared toward believers, and there is a class for children from 0-10 years of age. As many times as we can within the month we provide this group with a nice meal at lunchtime.
On Thursday evenings we have another church service, geared toward believers, where our Jarinu Church members meet together for a time of worship, prayer, and Bible study.
Homes for at-risk children and teens
One of the great passions that A.M.O. has in its ministry is the desire to break the strongholds that the enemy places on children in the slums of Brazil. Many of the single mothers in the favelas are in dire situations as a result of being raised in the same type of depraved communities that they are now raising their children in. Families who are a part of our Homes for At-risk Children and Teens will receive the support and care necessary to help break this cycle.
Local and international professionals donate their time and talent to teach workshops to our volunteers and those we minister to; they, in turn, teach the skills they learn to others. The construction of the Single Moms Homes has been a great opportunity for experienced construction veterans from both abroad and a local church to come out to teach new techniques when needed, such as stair building and roofing.
Housing for Volunteers
The full-time volunteers and missionaries live on the AMO Main Campus. Many of our volunteers come from very poor families and grew up participating in the activities and programs that AMO has to offer. Today they live here, work together, and rely on support from the free will offerings of individual donors.
In the beginning, AMO had one property that had 2 houses, an efficiency, pool, small basketball court, soccer field, and wooded area. Today, that property now has another multi-purpose house (where some of the full-time volunteers live, mission teams are hosted, and our Jarinu Church services are held), three gardens, and a garage for the bus. AMO also acquired an adjacent property that used to be all wooded area, and has since been cleared for construction of the Homes for At-risk Children, two full-fledged gardens, and extra area for future AMO projects.