The Church in Riacho da Porta continues to gather and with the help of the Baptist church in Aquiraz where they learn about who Jesus is based on the study of Mark. The youth grow spiritually through the teachings of Pastor Carlos, and they learn other skills like English and social media design through Lisa and Professor Diego. Some are participating in a social media designer course with Professor Diego. Emanuel and Julia continue to wait for the birth of little Olivia.
Families in Riacho da Porta working towards their transformation, both physical and spiritual development; The church services restarted in the community and we heard from one of the women in the church saying that seeing the church closed made her heart sad to remember how full it used to be and the group praising God together, but that she could now praise the Lord along with the other brothers that the church was opened again and she felt that this was one of the special things that happened in her life. This church has learned about Christ through the gospel of Mark and what it is to be a church. These studies are being done with the help of the volunteer brothers, by our team, with Emanuel providing support too those who are serving, as well as the brothers of the church.
Pastor Carlos will soon have two grandchildren in his family, this is a time of great joy and expectation for them. He continues to also meet with the young people from the neighboring community at the Training Center teaching the word of God.
We hope that the families of the Riacho da Porta community will be full of joy and courage to live this “new” in the Brazilian context with hopes placed in Christ Jesus.
After months without meeting the church in Riacho da Porta, little by little the meetings are happening again, this time with the help of the Baptist Church of Aquiraz who joined the Poço de Jacó team to serve the community and work on the development of this place.
Pastor Carlos continues on his home visits and meets on Fridays with young people in the Nucleo F community to pray and teach the word.
The communities at Pentecost remain in crisis due to COVID-19, and the brothers carefully participate in the meetings in the church. Pastor Carlos continues to support the community, welcoming the afflicted into his home, praying and teaching the word to the small groups that are coming in the midst of this chaos.
Our team has visited Pastor Carlos and his family and our prayer is that the Lord strengthens each one and that they find what they seek in Christ.
The rural community Riacho da porta is located 6 km from the urban area of the city of Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil, which has approximately 35,412 inhabitants.
Before the last drought there was plenty of water in two rivers, Curu and Caxitoré, which led the colonists to use this resource to irrigate their plantations and also companies that established themselves in the community used these resources, generating jobs for the residents. The families had regular income from these jobs and also from their own plantations around their house, but with the drought the rivers dried up, there was no more irrigation, the companies closed and the colonists withdrew from that place because there was no profit left to be made.
In this arid period, many families were only at the mercy of the government income program that varied in providing an income of R$100 to R$500 depending on the size of each family profile and in some rare cases the provision of temporary jobs like, driver, domestic services, jobs in a shoe factory in the urban area helps to supplement some of the household needs. Many families buy food using in-store credit line at a grocery store in the community, which leads to financial debt for many families.
There are 68 families in Riacho da Porta Community, where most of them squatted lands that belong to DNOCS (Federal Agency for Combating Drought)
Violence is something that has afflicted the population, as there are many robberies followed even to death sometimes; a problem that has triggered panic and insecurity in every citizen.
Numerous factors have cooperated with the growth of cases of depression, anxiety, panic syndrome, family separation, alcoholism, drugs, prostitution and so many other problems in each family. Today one of the forms of leisure in the community is parties with drinks and illegal drugs.