Favela Cachoeirinha is an extremely poor community in the city of São Paulo. Most people here live in precarious wooden shacks with no sewage system, a crudely made rubber hose system for bringing in water, and minimal electricity which they get by tapping into nearby power lines.
There is a huge need for clean water in this community; many children have health problems because of the lack of a clean water supply. The Water Filter Project has opened and continues to open many doors to share the gospel with a lot of people in the community. This allowed us, in the beginning, to develop relationships with the people and earn their trust, which in turn allowed us to hold children’s bible classes outdoors wherever we could find open space. We have since been blessed with a property, and we are happy to now be building a Community Center/ Little Lamb’s Church here!
In this community, we see a lot of broken homes, negligence and even abandonment of kids. Many of the residents here are substance users and have come here from other favelas or to run away from where they were before. Many parents don’t know how to raise their children as they themselves come from other favelas and know no other way of life. We bring the Word of God to these families through home visitations. Our team splits up into small groups and each group has specific families to whom they minister, teach the Bible, and distribute goods provided by our Hunger Relief Project. When our Community Center/ Little Lamb’s Church is built, we will have a meeting space where church services and other activities can be held. We look forward to starting up some of the projects that have been so successful at our Gleba B Church, such as Arts & Crafts, Vocational Training, Bible Studies, Hunger Relief, children’s classes and special events.