In 2010, in response to the earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, a team of pastors gathered together and travelled to that nation to offer assistance. The founder of the project, Pastor Mário Freitas, began a large-scale mobilization throughout Brazil that would reach unimaginable proportions.
MORE has been active reconstructing temples during the initial emergency response that were affected during the earthquake as well as providing monthly financial support to a network of local pastors. We have also been active making clean water available among other projects within the local community. As time has passed, we’ve seen that assistance alone isn’t going to have a lasting impact. Therefore, MORE now specializes in COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT projects. Our focus has shifted from training and equiping local young leaders to starting social programs within the community, and microcredit funding for local christian families. These projects would be subsidied by Brazilian churces until the families were able to achieve subsistence.
MORE has continued to expand it’s activies into post-catastrophe aide, such as the 2011 Tsunmi in Japan where our teams helped the victims in the province of Fukushima. But COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT has become our area of expertise. As the organization has grown and demands started to flourish MORE has endeavored to start microcredit projects in African nations such as Sudan and Burundi and other nations in the Middle East and Central Asia; all within the 2011-2012 period.
In 2013, as the Syrian Conflict entered its most critical time a new project came to our hearts – to host christian refugees in Brazil. Since then, many families have been received at our Refugee Center in Vila Velha/ES.
Also at our headquarters in Vila Velha, MORE has started its mission school in 2014. This is where we have a chance to build up missionaries with a focus on community development and with a passion for the suffering church. They are taught our core beliefs and we hope that with this training they will be stirred to serve as missionaries whether it be with MORE or another organization. Many of our students are from locations where MORE has been present, from the local church – young adults from Haiti, Burundi, Cuba, Colombia and Guinea Bissau. Upon completion, these students have returned to their homes and begun serving within the local church.
In 2015, we have been challenged to start five new locations. As conflicts and instability grows worldwide so does our demand. We believe that this is what God has called us to do, but we also believe His church is called to this work as well. We want to invite you to be a part of everything God has done and will continue to do in the years ahead.