Ian and Simea Meldrum, Anglican vicars, work with people who live in a shanty town at the Church called Living Waters (Aqua Viva) next to the closed old garbage dump in Olinda, Brazil. There are many outreach projects which are developing all the time. This site explains some of that work which is God led based on the biblical teachings of Jesus Christ.
Ian and Simea believe that by teaching about the love of Jesus Christ and showing a loving, caring, giving way of living, the families on the shanty town can improve their situation and have a better life.
Our work is about restoring homeless children at risk and families who are very poor with no love in their lives. There are many ways the church community does these things.
The work started some years ago in a small way with very little and now other churches, Baptist and Presbyterian, are getting involved and helping which is a wonderful witness to God that His people in Olinda care for the poor and needy.
Funding is always needed to make the projects work.
At present the main projects are:
- A house called “My Father’s House” which is a safe house for homeless boys.
- “The Living Waters Church” is in the shanty town next to the closed dump. Services are held on Sundays, on other days the church is used for caring for children and families with a whole range of activities all week.
- “The Farm” which is about 40 minutes drive from Olinda and at the present is used for away days and weekends for groups of children and families. The teenage boys have a camp there plus the Church congregation go for services, games and relaxation.
All the projects are run by voluntary giving and although there are generous churches and individuals giving regularly it is not enough to do all the things they would like to do.
At the moment the running of My Father’s House relies on a lot of voluntary hours given by the helpers. To pay the rent and pay all the staff would cost £2000 per month and to run the farm as a longer stay safe place for teenage boys, which they would like to do, would cost £2500 per month at least.
The purposes of this website are to make people aware of the need for prayer and financial support for the wonderful work which is restoring children and adults to wholeness.
It also keeps the regular supporters informed of progress and prayer matters through the updates on the Latest News page.