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Word Made Flesh Brazil, known as Palavra Encarnada, is called by God to offer a prophetic witness to the city of Rio de Janeiro, especially to those who struggle with and suffer from drugs, poverty, broken families and violence.

Brazil, a nation renowned for its rich cultural heritage and natural splendor, endures increasing challenges associated with poverty. Despite being one of the world's largest economies, the country contends with notable income inequality, limited educational and healthcare opportunities, the presence of urban slums (favelas), and social marginalization, particularly impacting vulnerable communities and rural areas.

Mission Statement

WMF Brazil are called by God to offer a prophetic witness to the city of Rio de Janeiro, especially to those who struggle with and suffer from drugs, poverty, broken families and violence especially women and children who live in situations at risk.

Brazil is a diverse country with energetic people, descended from various backgrounds including native Indians, African slaves, European settlers, and immigrants. It is the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America and is known for its natural wonders. Brazil is the fifth largest country with a strong economy, yet it faces significant wealth inequality. Rio de Janeiro, with approximately 9 million inhabitants, has a considerable population living in poverty, particularly in the favelas. In 2009, Word Made Flesh Brazil, known as Palavra Encarnada, was officially registered with the Brazilian government, and their first general assembly and board meetings took place.




Downtown Street Ministry

WMF staff and volunteers are in relationship with about 60 children, adolescents and young families who live on or frequent the streets of downtown Rio de Janeiro. Ministry activities include soccer, art and educational activities, Bible teaching, worship and music, meals and prayer. WMF also assists in procuring necessary documents and government identification, as well as negotiating the legal system to assist families with people in jail or whose children have been taken away by social services.  WMF staff periodically make home visits to families who spend time or work on the street in an attempt to encourage and support lives at home.

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Women’s Center

The Esther Project, locally known as Projeto Ester, is a day center that exists to serve women on the streets of Rio, a place where women on the streets can care for themselves and their children.  Our motto is “Christ raising up women, women exalting Christ.” Women come to the center to participate in Bible study, games, art, education, and field trips. In addition, the center offers assistance with legal matters and documentation to those in need.

Partner Ministries

Projeto Vidinha is a Christian care home for adopted and at-risk children. WMF staff minister at the home as mentors and volunteers. The WMF sponsorship program, initiated in 2006, pairs children from the home with U.S.-based families who provide financial assistance. The children are supplied with basic necessities and educational assistance while opportunities are given for friendships to develop between the supporting families and the children.  In 2010, funding was provided for four children to attend school.  In addition, WMF assisted by providing school books, uniforms and supplies as well as nutritious food for the other twelve children at the home.Timonis is an after-school program located in a favela in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro. Ministering to children from the poorest and most dangerous part of the community, Timonis offers a variety of activities: Bible stories, art, music, recess time, snacks, tutoring, psychological assistance and home visits. WMF staff work in partnership with Timonis as street educators and teachers.


Brazil Blog

Photos from The Esther Project

By WMF Brazil | May 12, 2018

Brazil is a country of extremes. The streets are full of color and diversity while plagued with corruption and inequality. A carnival atmosphere turns to bloodyviolence when you cross unspoken boundaries. “In the middle of poverty and messy lives is precisely where you’ll find Esdrianne Cohen and her team at WMF Brazil. She and her…

Esther Project

The Esther Project

By WMF Brazil | February 22, 2016

The Esther Project (Projeto Ester) opened its doors on November 18, 2009. As a community center, we develop women of God through teaching and discipleship, and help to provide education, work, legal assistance, aid with documentation issues, and access to health care.We are called, as Esther was, to risk ourselves and to sacrifice for these women in danger.  We…

Field History – Brazil

By WMF Brazil | November 10, 2011

In the mid 1990’s Brazil was making international headlines for problems with children living on the street. While the population was exploding, horrific stories of abuse and massacre at the hands of renegade police and private security called attention to the injustice these children were facing. Word Made Flesh began to sense that God was…