Success Story in Brazil
A boat for pastoral work in the Amazon region
In the north of Brazil, a Catholic community with the name “Mar a Dentro” (Out Into The Deep) runs a pastoral centre in the city of Belem. Prayer meetings and Eucharistic adoration are held here and young people are prepared for confirmation while young couples for the sacrament of matrimony.
The community also cares for around 60 children and provides psychological support and counselling confining themselves not only to the city, but for the last nine years have been ministering to the people living in the jungle on the riverside and the river islands in the Amazon region of northern Brazil. Villages that are only reachable by boat. Faithful to the words of Jesus to Peter: “Duc in Altum”, (Put out into the deep) (Lk 5:4) – as the name of their community suggests.
By means of their apostolate the community is able to guarantee a continuing presence of the Catholic Church in this inaccessible region. The people living in these villages are in need in every respect – in need of pastoral care, of spiritual and material support, of counselling and assistance in many different needs. In order to try and meet some of these needs, the community is helping around 400 families to grow in their faith, to get to know the Gospel message in greater depth and play an active part in the life of the Church. At the same time providing support for the people’s social and other needs and along with the vital basic necessities of life. There are roughly a hundred volunteers, working in rotations in this apostolate on the margins of society. Many from Mar a Dentro are able to bring their daily professional experience to bear for the benefit of the needy in these communities.
Until now the community has only had an old wooden boat available to take them on the river, but it is in a very poor state of repair. The community urgently needs a new boat made of more durable materials able to withstand the difficult conditions and enable them to carry out this work of service quicker and in more safety – and also visit the riverside settlements more frequently.
We are planning
to give $49,010,
for the purchase
of a new aluminium hulled boat.
Thank you to help us
to help them!