Jardim Gramacho is a neighborhood inside the city of Duque de Caxias, about 20 miles outside of Rio de Janeiro. For decades it was the site of the largest garbage dump in Latin America called Lixão de Gramacho. We started our ministry in Comunidade do Quatro Rodas, which means Four Wheels Slum. It is here, in the poorest community of the whole area, we planted our local church called Igreja Jardim de Deus, the Garden of God Church. As any other slum around the world, our neighborhood faces many struggles like poverty, violence, spiritual warfare, etc. But we truly believe God is able to restore everything by manifesting His presence through us and so we pursue revival right in the midst of the darkness.
We believe only Jesus can do what needs to be done here, so our focus is to radically seek Him with all our hearts. Our ministry begins with prayer and intercession and from there we boldly preach the Gospel. Another part of our work is to train and equip our youth to be sent out to serve God locally and globally, as radical lovers of Jesus who are manifesting His love and power wherever they go. Our local church plays a central role in our ministry as it has become a place where the residents are growing in the knowledge of God, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and learning how to keep the flame alive.