Thank you for your prayer yesterday. We waited to see if there were any warnings on the news, heard that things were under control, prayed and went out to Cambuim and Kilometer 6. All went well and we had a great day with the kids in both favelas. It’s always a thrill when they see us and start running alongside the truck.

The situation here on the streets is being controlled by troops that were sent in yesterday, with more promised for today and tomorrow. Lord willing, we go out this afternoon to the 8 de Março and Leningrado favelas, with 500 more sandwiches, 60 liters of juice and the Word.

Here are some photos from yesterday. David and Hannah Prins are here. We are loving their company and are so thankful for the fellowship and the help.








A woman from Cambuim named Jeane injured her foot in a motorcycle accident last week. She went to the hospital and got eight stitches for the wound, but back in Cambuim, it became infected. When she returned to the hospital, they simply removed the stitches and left her with the open wound.


Lori cleaned out the cut, applied an antibiotic cream and bandaged her foot. She professes to be saved and told Lori that God has helped her to overcome the pain.


When we leave, she sits with her husband, son, and their pet goat just inside the doorway to their home.


Andrew is filling containers with antibiotic cream for the favelas.

Children of Cambuim

One girl shows us her kittens and another watches curiously as we talk to their families and distribute de-wormer medicine for the kids.





Jose was hit by a car while riding his bike over a week ago, resulting in some serious head injuries. The hospital didn’t bother to correctly treat him, and sent him home. We did what we could for him with the limited knowledge and medicine we had.








The people in Cambuim built a bridge to cross the river.



Old MacDonald’s farm, come to life in Cambuim with donkeys, horses, pigs, chickens, cats and dogs.




A little boy plays in the afternoon sun; Cambuim is his sand box.



Serving with a Smile

One of the boys was serving his friends juice: “You want more? Ok, hold on.” And off he scurried to fill their cups.







A Note from Rick and Noreen Lawson

One of the first things that comes to mind when walking through the favela of Cambuim are the words of the Lord Jesus, “For you will have the poor with you always” (Matthew 11:6). But just how poor is poor? I went through streets of dirt and litter. The walls of the homes that lined the streets were an assortment of trash and scraps of wood, serving as a shelter for these poor people. The river that wound its way through the village consisted of runoff waste-water with a smell that stopped me in my tracks. 

The word “poor” is defined as having little or no money, goods, or other means of support. This brief list can never describe the feelings and emotions felt when actually meeting the faces of these people that survive in these conditions. Going on about how sad the situation is would only be repeating what has all ready been reported on this website. Instead let’s focus on the positive.

In Matthew 26:6 the Lord is found in the home of Simon the Leper. A woman of Bethany is there having an alabaster box of precious ointment and has poured it on the Lord’s head to anoint him for his burial. The gospel of John tells us that He was there with Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead, and that, “…many Jews went away, believing on the Lord Jesus” (John 12:1,11).This is the goal of the effort that is taking place in Cambuim. To show these destitute people the way to the Lord so they might also believe in Him.

We also read in the gospel of Mark, “She (Mary) has done what she could” (Mark 14:8). In Cambuim, attempting to give out a few sandwiches, a little juice, first aid, and some donated clothes in order to pass on God’s Word is all we can do. God has to do the rest.

God has promised a blessing in this work. For the Lord spoke of feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and said, “inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).