As a visitor, you will participate in all outreaches at least once (depending on the length of your trip) and get a glimpse of our daily life at Shores of Grace. Proficiency in Portuguese is not required, and translators will be available. You will not be entrusted with any major responsibilities or tasks. Take advantage of your downtime to draw closer to the Father and to cultivate intimacy in ways you are not able to back home. Be praying and asking God how you can partner with Him during your time here. Visitors can stay with us for a maximum of 2 weeks and your trip will be scheduled according to our availability.
As a volunteer, you will participate in all outreaches and, in addition, you will be given an area of focus determined by the visitors coordinator according to the needs of the ministry. You are welcome to join our bi-monthly discipleship meetings. Knowledge of Portuguese is helpful but not required, though a translator may not be available at all times. Please come with a servant’s heart, a willingness to learn and be asking God how you can be a blessing to Shores of Grace. Volunteers are asked to commit for a time of at least one month up to the maximum of 3 months, and your trip will be scheduled according to our need.
Though there is a lot to be done at Shores of Grace, you WILL experience downtime. Part of your daytime hours are usually free (whether morning or afternoon), as much of our ministry happens at night. We encourage all of our visitors to prepare for this. The work we do is emotionally and spiritually demanding; this is a great time to refresh yourself by spending time with God (whatever that might look like for you).
During the day, the staff has their own responsibilities. They will do their best to keep visitors busy but if not able, visitors will need to entertain themselves. Some options include walking on the beach or exploring the city.
We ask that group leaders organize devotionals for their teams during the mornings. We have noticed that teams who walk in unity are always more fruitful. We also highly encourage every team member to participate in our set times of Intercession in the Prayer Room.
Many visitors ask about bringing donations, toys, gifts, etc. for our ministry, and we love receiving them! Our staff and those we minister to love receiving international products. We have ongoing lists of items needed in different areas of the ministry. If this is something you’re interested in receiving, just ask the visitors coordinator during your application process!
IN ONE WEEK YOU CAN EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE…
FATHER’S LOVE – The Father’s Love outreach is the time when we minister to the men and women in prostitution. We walk up and down the avenue, approaching each person working in prostitution that night, to offer prayer and anything else Papa God tells us. Expect to stop for The One. Come prepared to be pushed out of your comfort zone by praying for the miraculous and prophesying on the spot.
VILA BETÂNIA – This is our rescue home for girls. We care for 20 children from newborns to 18 years old. The house is a place of safety and recovery where our trained staff consistently cares for our girls in an environment of love and encouragement. We have a staff of professionals including psychologists, social workers, and caretakers who ensure that the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of each girl are met. Expect to visit the home and to interact with the girls throughout your visit. Keep conversation light, focused on lifting their spirits and showering them with love. If someone has a specific skill-set or something that can be taught to the girls in a workshop setting, please let us know so we can schedule a time for it.
COMMUNITIES – We visit the houses of the families in the communities with whom we already have relationships. We don’t simply bring them food or donations, but we come as friends to their homes and visit with them every week for prayer and quality time with no strings attached. During the week, we have discipleship with some of the women and a separate time with the children and teens. Expect to move in the gifts of the Spirit, to bring a testimony, encouragement, a word of knowledge, or anything the Lord has been teaching you lately.
On Saturday afternoons, we invite the boys to play soccer at our court at the base. Men can expect to play soccer and/or share a quick message.
STREET CHURCH – We go to the streets to minister to those trapped in addictions, homelessness, and whoever else the Lord highlights. We bring a guitar, a soccer ball, nail polish, and coloring supplies. Every night is different! Expect to be guided by Holy Spirit.
WORSHIP SERVICE – We open our base for a worship service and to pour into the local church, leaders, and new believers. Expect to be part of the ministry team by being called up front to pray for healing and to give prophetic words. Consider this an outreach where you are expected to minister to our guests as translation is not always available for the messages.
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