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Brazil: Orphan Care Internship

WHERE: Near Fortaleza, Brazil  

WHEN: Internships can be scheduled any time of year with approval

WITH WHOM: ACTION Field Workers Tim and Lindsey Bayne 

Overview: Shine the true love of Christ to orphans and the spiritually oppressed in a rural farming community in Northeastern Brazil. Here, you will serve with us and learn how to disciple children and teens who were victims of trafficking as well as support the local church plant’s leadership in community outreach. Help those we serve understand that the Lord does indeed have great plans for them, as Jeremiah 29:11 teaches, and that believers can have abundant life in Christ no matter what they have been through.

What are you looking for in potential interns and what are some roles that interns could take on while serving with your team?

First of all, before coming, we would ask that interns have served God wholeheartedly and have pointed others to a relationship with Christ as they’ve been given opportunities. We also would like interns who have come to an understanding of their limits as a person, trusting and knowing Christ on a more intimate level. In terms of roles, we are looking for Children’s Ministry Workers, Administrative Assistants, and English Teachers but are open to people with other skillsets as well! 

What are some ministry tasks that you want the intern to accomplish while serving with you?

Interns can serve with our children and youth in a variety of programs we have each week. If there is a specific project that the intern has been assigned, then the goal for the intern will be to have a Brazilian member of our team or church trained to carry on the project by the time the intern leaves (i.e. mentoring that person while there). For example, this could look like starting a consistent kids’ ministry in the church plant here and leading a local believer to take over when the intern has finished serving with us. Another example would be if an intern started a community garden at the church plant and then taught someone else how to manage, care for, and use the garden as an outreach ministry.

Please list specific skills an intern may expect to develop by the time the internship is completed.

  • The skill of building intentional relationships, especially cross-culturally 
  • How to assist in a church plant to help it thrive 
  • Best practices in orphan care
  • How to minister wisely and effectively in a poor community through outreach projects
  • Learning to discern cultural preferences versus biblical principles
  • The art of mentoring others 
  • How to have a deeper walk with the Lord
  • Learning to work well on a multicultural team and how to engage in healthy cross-cultural conflict resolution