The Experience Magazine 50th Year Edition

Brazil: Atibaia, Recife, and Benevides

Atibaia Johnny Reimer

Christian life walk alongside each student throughout the year.

The student body consists of students from various regions in Brazil and from the English- and Spanish-speaking world. This provides wonderful cross- cultural fellowship and contributes to the growth of students and teachers alike. Ministry opportunities take place in the local church each weekend, and students participate in several missions trips during the school year. These ministries are an incredible part of life at the Recife Bible Institute and help to reinforce the Bible Institute’s three main pillars – ”Study, Life, and Ministry.” Benevides Gary Parker The Word of Life Benevides campus, located close to Belem, Brazil, was purchased in February of 1989. The property was an abandoned chicken ranch that was completely overgrown by the jungle. The focus of the ministry has been to reach the “river people” who live along the Amazon. There are over 33,000 communities without access to the gospel. Our strategy is to evangelize and disciple the youth from the urban centers of Brazil, train them to become pioneering missionaries in our four- year Missionary Training Institute, and then help coordinate our graduates, in conjunction with their home churches, as they plant churches where there are no churches. We currently have

Word of Life Brazil was founded in Atibaia in 1957 by Harry Bollback and Harold Reimer. During summer camp in those formative years, many young people were reached with the good news of the gospel and felt the Lord calling them to full-time ministry. However, these new believers desperately needed training. David and Mary-Ann Cox were challenged to found the first Bible Institute in Brazil, and, by God’s grace, it grew in both number and impact. Students at the Atibaia Bible Institute learn about God and His Word, how to serve Him, and they experience growth and development of their character through a variety of practical ministries. Many alumni of the Bible Institute have become pastors, missionaries and Christian educators in Brazil and across the globe. Today, WOLBI Atibaia receives around 80 students every year. Recife Ivan Correa The Word of Life Bible Institute campus in Recife, Brazil was founded in 1981 by George Theis. Since its inception, the goal of WOLBI Recife has been to teach students how to study, how to live, and how to minister to others. We understand that biblical knowledge and life application can’t be separated, which is why a group of disciplers who are passionate about living out the principles of the


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