Brazil Porto Alegre

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Ministry Description

Word of Life Brazil began in 1957 when Harry Bolback and Harold Reimer came from the United States to begin a camp in Atibaia (Sao Paulo). Porto Alegre became a strategic target because of the repeated requests from churches and pastors (especially graduates of the WOL Seminary in Atibaia) who were familiar with the needs of the region and the importance of the ministry. As a result of this, during the 70’s and 80’s various missionaries from Sao Paulo made special visits to the extreme south of Brazil, and the ministry was established in 1988. In 1991 the ministry acquired a property where the “Events Center” is located today, which is the structure where all of the Southern WOL activities are located.
The first camp on property was held during Carnaval in 1994 with 80 young people. Today, the campers during both summer and winter camping seasons make up more than 1,300 young people a year. Actually, more than 12,000 people are reached per year through the various types of ministry that WOL does in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

Country Description

Porto Alegre (Joyful Harbor) is the capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Founded in 1769 by Manuel Sepúlveda, its population of 1,509,939 inhabitants (2010) makes it the tenth most populous city in the country and the center of Brazil's fourth largest metropolitan area, with 4,405,760 inhabitants (2010). The city is the southernmost capital city of a Brazilian state. In the late 19th century the city received many immigrants from other parts of the world, particularly from Germany, Italy, and Poland. The vast majority of the population is of European descent. According to a census in 2000, 73% of the population is Catholic.

Contact Information

Palavra da Vida Sul
Av. Assis Brasil 3090/223
91010-003 Porto Alegre, RS

Phone/ Fax: (51) 3222-7961


Career Missionaries

Junior & Naila Borges

Daniel Dias

Eliazar Pata

Short-Term Missions - Cross Cultural Interns and Launch

Elijah Carter

Jordan Ross

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Porto Alegre Camp Construction Project (03504C)
Porto Alegre Camp Scholarship Project (03508C)
Porto Alegre Contribution (03503C)
Porto Alegre DTC Project (03510C)
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Club Leader Encouraged by Salvation of Teens

Many teens came to the clubs' camp this winter. One of the leaders was specially excited to see students being transformed by the Word of God. He brings teens from a very poor community. He was so thankful for the chance that the teens had to experience excitement, games, sports, and biblical ... read more

Decisions for Christ Made During Sports Marathon

Stephen is a middle-aged soccer coach who brought his soccer team for the first time to one of our sports marathons last month. After the message and invitation, he came forward and said this was his first time at our property, that he came to bring a soccer team and was surprised by the Gospel ... read more

Student Finds a Relationship Instead of Religion

Richardo is a young man who was searching for answers about faith, God and eternity. For the last several years, he went to all kinds of different cults including voodo, spiritism, and new age, among others. Recently, Richardo was approached by a young Bible club member and was invited to attend a ... read more

Reconnecting After 20 Years...

20 years ago, when we were just starting the WOL ministry here in Porto Alegre, Brazil, I was doing this small bible club 50 miles away from the city with a bunch of very rebellious teens. I thought it would never work out... for 3 years we evangelized and discipled these teens. Davi was one of them... read more

The suicidal teen finds God's love and forgiveness at camp

Maria tried to cut herself many times last year. Her parents never seemed to notice the depression she was going through. In God's providence, Maria received a camp scholarship and came for a week. Talking to her counselor, Maria recognized her sins and her need to ask for God's forgiveness. The ... read more

Teen girl finds Christ while hidden at camp

Julie lost her father in a tragic commercial plane crash years ago, her mom died of cancer 2 years ago, and now Julie lives with Christian relatives. They found out that Julie secretly got involved with an older man on the internet and he was suppose to pick her up...for her to run away with him. ... read more

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