Justice & Mercy International (JMI) exists to make justice personal for the poor, the orphaned, and the forgotten. One of the primary places we work is in the Amazon. The Amazonas region of Brazil is vast in both size and need, and research shows that 80% of the state still has no Gospel presence. Along the banks of the mighty Amazon River are villages of people who feel forgotten and unseen. Many have deep spiritual, physical, and emotional needs that are unmet. By God’s grace, Justice & Mercy International is seeking to change that.
Pastoral Training & Equipping
We currently train and equip over 200 jungle pastors and wives each year through our Jungle Pastor Conferences at the John Pac Centre. We believe that local leaders can bring about change. This is why we invest in training and equipping indigenous pastors and their wives to reach their area of the world with the Good News of Jesus. Through our annual conferences, pastors and their wives receive biblical and practical training that will help them disciple the people in their church and run an effective ministry in the most remote and difficult settings. Through these faithful men and women, God is reaching the ends of the Earth.
Jungle Church on Mission
JMI has built an incredible network of pastors and local churches in the Amazon. As we have deepened our relationship with these pastors, they have expressed a desire to take their church members on mission trips deeper into unreached areas of the Amazon jungle, to places we simply cannot go. JMI is partnering with local jungle pastors to facilitate 6 mission trips each year, enabling them to reach the forgotten people of the Amazon with the Good News of the Gospel. For more information on this initiative and to find out how to get involved, contact Lucy Mhondera by clicking the button below.
Vulnerable Child Sponsorship
In addition to the poverty that many river families face, one of the biggest obstacles for those that live in the Amazon is access to education. Our Amazon child sponsorships work through local churches and provide tutoring and spiritual development, as well as physical needs such as shoes, clothes, hygiene items, and school supplies.
Schools and Libraries
We have been building schools in the Amazon jungle for over 15 years. Many are in locations where children once had to travel for hours often through difficult and sometimes dangerous terrain simply to get educated. In all of these schools, children are taught the national curriculum. We have recently started building libraries for the schools, providing an incredible resource for the children and communities. Our goal is to work with local pastors and leaders in order to identify other villages that desperately need a school or library and to raise funds for construction.
Crisis & Family Care
JMI seeks to aid the impoverished people of the Amazon. We provide emergency food relief, medical care, provision of clean water and so much more for children and families in need. Right now in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the children and families JMI serves in the Amazon region of Brazil do not have enough to eat, and do not have access to medicine. We are working to provide help through Emergency Food and Medical Bags.
How Our Ministry in The Amazon Started
John Paculabo (1946-2013) had a passion for the forgotten people of the Amazon. In the midst of a long and successful career in the Christian music industry, a business trip took John to Brazil. It was then that God began teaching him what it means to worship through serving the poor. John spent the next 10 years of his life building schools, equipping jungle pastors, and developing deep relationships with people in the villages along the Amazon River. In the summer of 2012, John was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He fought the disease with great faith and courage. As his health declined, John worried about two things: his family and the people he loved in the Amazon. On John’s last night on earth, he gave the little time he had left to a meeting that would ensure the work on behalf of the Amazon river people would continue. That night a new non-profit ministry called Justice & Mercy Amazon (JMA) was formed.
I’ve had a heart for missions ever since I was a kid and my parents began taking me to our church’s annual missions banquet. My childhood fascination with different countries and cultures grew into a passion to be personally involved as an adult. For the past 12 years, I’ve partnered with Justice & Mercy International working with the forgotten people of the Amazon jungle as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of Moldova. The privilege of carrying the love of Jesus to these often difficult places, and watching Him create hope out of hopelessness, is an unmatched blessing.
I can say without hesitation that working with JMI has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Whether it’s ministering to jungle pastors and their wives at our annual Jungle Pastor’s Conference in Brazil or visiting the magnificent kids in our transitional living programs in Moldova, the work has woven into every area of my life, leaving nothing untouched. I eagerly invite you to check out their website and see how you might get involved.