Northern Rio de Janeiro is where many ‘favelas’ – slums – and poorer neighbourhoods are found. Anderson Silva is part of the organisation Instituto S.O.S. Reviver: “Our project is a strategy to bring Christ’s love,” he says. “Seventy percent of the children who come are non-Christian.” His groups provide judo classes, among other activities, for children from communities that are considered violent. The organisation also has a house to help drug addicts.

Receiving people from other countries who speak different languages showed the children how wide the world is and that there are a lot of possibilities in it. “It’ll probably impact them, because it is the first time in our 18 years here that they have seen people from other countries,” Anderson explains.

Rosalba Mendoza (Venezuela) realised that judo is a way the children and teenagers learn about discipline, as well as a way for them to hear about Jesus. A team of crewmembers told the young people about the Prodigal Son in the Bible, to show that even when people stray from God, He welcomes them back with open arms.

When they were invited to accept Jesus as their Saviour, many of the children stood and came to the front as an act of commitment, as crew and adults prayed for the steps of faith that were being taken. “I’d never imagined we could serve God through judo. It is also a way of serving the community and the children,” Rosalba says. “They are busy learning discipline which keeps them away from drugs. It is something admirable and to be imitated.”

Viviane Campos is volunteering on board while the ship is in Rio de Janeiro and was the team’s translator. “My son is in a judo competition today. When I was watching the kids here, I thought, ‘My son came to the competition just to practise but these kids got much more – they received the Word of God.” She adds, “It is going to change their lives, it’s a privilege to be part of it.”

“I know each one of these kids and I could see in their eyes how well they received the message you gave,” Anderson told the crew.

Finances permitting, Anderson hopes to bring the children from the judo club on an outing so they can see Logos Hope in their local port, meet more of her inspiring crewmembers and solidify the walk they have begun with Jesus.

Share this Resource

Leave a Reply

You might also like:

Doulos Hope: Navigational Officer of the Watch Ships    Go & Live    February 2023Join our international team of around 150 people from many different nationalities. Have the opportunity to invest in young people and use your technical skills to keep a life-changing ministry operating. Being part of the on board community you will also receive personal input through daily team devotions and other ship events as well as the opportunity to experience the culture of the international crew and staff and the countries the ship visits.
Full Details
Logos Hope: IT Technician Ships    Go & Live    As soon as possibleThe ICT team supports the onboard crew with ICT functions aboard the MV Logos Hope and ensures the systems required to perform those functions are available and functioning correctly.
Full Details
Logos Hope: Medical Officer (Doctor) Ships    Go & Live    January 2023Are you a qualified doctor looking for an exciting ministry to be part of?  The doctor/medical officer on board Logos Hope serves in providing medical care and treatment to the crew, staff and guests of the vessel.
Full Details
Logos Hope: First Engineer, Operations Ships    Go & Live    As soon as possibleJoin our international team of 400 people from 50 different nationalities. Have the opportunity to invest in young people and use your technical skills to keep a life-changing ministry operating. Being part of the on board community you will also receive personal input through daily team devotions and other ship events as well as the opportunity to experience the culture of the international crew and staff and the countries the ship visits.
Full Details
Logos Hope: First Engineer, Main Engine Ships    Go & Live    As soon as possibleJoin our international team of 400 people from 50 different nationalities. Have the opportunity to invest in young people and use your technical skills to keep a life-changing ministry operating. Being part of the on board community you will also receive personal input through daily team devotions and other ship events as well as the opportunity to experience the culture of the international crew and staff and the countries the ship visits.
Full Details
Doulos Hope: Chief Cook Ships    Go & Live    February 2023Leads the Catering team to cater for ships company of around 150 people, as well as catering for onboard events
Full Details
Logos Hope: Cook Ships    Go & Live    As soon as possibleCater for ships company and guests and assist the Chief Cook when needed
Full Details
Doulos Hope: Content Creator – Visual Ships    Go & Live    February 2023Use your gifts to inspire and motivate through storytelling with high quality content and be a part of Ship Ministry team sharing knowledge, help and hope. Our Global Connections team on board Doulos Hope help provide finished written and visual content to inform and inspire the public and thank partners around the world.
Full Details
Doulos Hope: IT Technician Ships    Go & Live    February 2023The ICT team supports the onboard crew with ICT functions aboard the MV Doulos Hope and ensures the systems required to perform those functions are available and functioning correctly.
Full Details
Doulos Hope: Communications Manager Ships    Go & Live    February 2023Help us present Doulos Hope to the world as Communications Manager, also known as Global Connections Department Head.

Working on board, you will be responsible for managing and supporting a small creative team that brings the stories of the Ship Ministry to life through writing and design, photos and video, media relations and more as you travel from port to port.

Full Details
Doulos Hope: 1 or 2 years on Doulos Hope! Get on Board! Ships    Go & Live    February 2023OM Ships International (OMSI) is a faith mission funded through gifts and revenue from the bookfair on board. All crew and staff serve as volunteers who raise their own support.

Volunteering on board Doulos Hope, you will be impacted as you participate in this life changing adventure

Full Details
Logos Hope: Communications Manager Ships    Go & Live    February 2023Help us present Logos Hope to the world as Communications Manager, also known as Global Connections Department Head.

Working on board, you will be responsible for managing and supporting a creative team that brings the stories of the Ship Ministry to life through writing and design, photos and video, media relations and more as you travel from port to port.

Full Details