We are currently serving in Olinda, north east Brazil, alongside ReVive International, an organisation founded by CMS mission partners Andy and Rose Roberts, running safe houses for children who have suffered abuse or exploitation. We have also begun working with our local church, O Farol, as they seek to serve the most vulnerable and marginalised in the city of Olinda. Rebecca, from York, has been working with CMS at ReVive since 2015 and Evaldo, a lawyer from Recife, has been volunteering there for several years. We met in 2014 and were married in 2018.
To help the most marginalised and vulnerable find their voice, bringing hope and abundant life to our cities and communities through our local church and organisations like ReVive.
Evaldo advocates for adoption and fostering, while Rebecca works with ReVive’s girls at risk. Together, they are also helping to develop a local community project.
More about Evaldo and Rebecca Reid Rodrigues
Against a backdrop of colourful architecture and glittering beaches, Olinda has high levels of poverty and inequality. This leaves many children and young people living on the streets, vulnerable to drug addiction, sexual and physical abuse, trafficking and prostitution. Many young people grow up lacking the motivation and knowledge to break the crippling cycle of poverty and abuse.
Evaldo has many roles. As a lawyer, he deals with the legal paperwork at ReVive and offers assistance with individual court cases. He is also helping ReVive navigate the red tape to implement a fostering programme in Olinda (currently only 5 percent of the cities in north east Brazil have a fostering system). This means that future ReVive girls can be cared for and start to flourish in families rather than safe houses. In partnership with our church, O Farol, we are also helping to develop a community project in one of the poorest favelas in Olinda. Evaldo’s vision is to gradually establish a network of Christian lawyers who are able to volunteer their time to help in three areas: representing those in favelas who can’t afford legal fees, advocating for children’s rights and assisting organisations, projects and NGOs such as ReVive.
Rebecca devotes most of her time to walking alongside at-risk girls living in one of ReVive’s safe houses as they work through their trauma and move towards healing. She works on creative projects such as scrapbooking to help the girls capture good memories and assists in their therapy with the ReVive psychologist. Rebecca also helps out with ReVive’s social media accounts and networking with various groups, businesses and organisations in order to raise awareness around ReVive’s work. Rebecca hopes to also focus more on creation care projects with the ReVive girls in the future and implement practices such as recycling and composting at the ReVive houses.