Brazil is believed to have the second highest number of drug addicts in the world. At least six million people in the country are estimated to be addicted to either crack or cocaine. Youth detention centers throughout Brazil are full of young people caught in this trap.
Mario and Lika Milhomem, ACTION missionaries ministering in Goiânia, Brazil, partner with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in evangelism and leadership training. They recently shared about an exciting event at PROAME, a drug rehabilitation home that seeks to combat the drug epidemic.
Early this October Mario baptized 10 new Christians from PROAME. Mario writes, “Many of the men’s families were present at the baptisms; they were all touched by the tears of joy and testimonies of reconciliation. I can still see one of the men sitting with his arms around his mother and saying something that brought tears to her eyes. Another man embraced his father and I saw both of them trying to hide the emotion in their eyes. Witnessing these baptisms every semester is one of the most exciting and moving events of the year for us. It is where we are reminded that God draws us all near and accepts us as we are!”