The Saraiva Ministry is committed to sending workers from the global South to unreached people groups by discipleship, education, training and connecting them effectively to sending agencies.
Israel is the National Director of Perspectivas Brasil, a movement of nearly 1,000 volunteers who facilitate the Perspectives on the Global Church course across the country. God has mobilized nearly 10,000 new missionaries from Brazil in the past 10 years. In 2019 alone, the Perspectivas Brasil movement had more than 3,000 students. Israel studied Theology and Philosophy and attended YWAM – Paraná, where he also completed the Perspectivas Brasil course.
Shay studied English and Education and served in Burundi as a teacher from 2014-2016. Her work as a collaborative mobilizer allowed her to facilitate the Perspectives course while she was taking it for the first time. Shay’s work is in inter-agency collaboration and training for stronger discipleship and connection.
Israel and Shay met when Israel was speaking at a Global Mobilization Consultation and they realized their similar long-term calling. Israel and Shay are called together to be mobilizers in Brazil for the next 2-3 years before preparing to engage with a long-term, cross-cultural, international field.
Mobilizing is the work of helping Christians connect their lives and vocations to God’s mission so that all peoples will hear the Gospel and give glory to God. We have more than 7,000 peoples which are classified as unreached by the gospel, meaning they lack access to Scripture in their own language and/or less than 2% of the population follows Jesus. In the first century of the Church, we had a ratio of one church for every unreached people group in the world; today, we have a ratio of 600 churches for each unreached people group. However, most do not know about unreached people groups and their pastors do not understand the value of sending them.
Brazil has 72 million Christians. There are more than 185,000 churches which are filled with many young people who have the potential to reach thousands of unreached peoples. Brazil is not a receiving country, but a sending country which needs mobilizers, not just missionaries.
These are exciting times for the Brazilian mobilization movement! There are many ways to be part of the missionary movement such as praying, learning, going, sending, and mobilizing.