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Impacting College Students in Brazil

(Demps Dempsey is a Graystone-supported missionary working with Campus Outreach in Brazil.)

Bom dia (good day) from Belo Horizonte, Brazil! I’m Demps Dempsey and I’m the director of Campus Outreach Belo Horizonte and have the privilege of having been one of Graystone’s missionaries for a number of years now. We work with college students in the third largest city in Brazil and have been here for 15 years.

Our calling is to see the next generation of spiritual leaders for Brazil and the world raised up and equipped from the college campuses here. In a country where only 11% of the population goes to college there is a unique opportunity to reach and equip these future leaders. It’s a practically unreached segment of Brazilian society with almost no campus ministries among college students. It’s also quite a difficult group to reach. Most Brazilian college students are relationally open and have spiritual interest but there is widespread skepticism of institutional religion and much spiritual confusion as most student’s world-view is shaped by a melting pot of influences from Catholicism, to Spiritism, to humanistic/secular philosophies. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.

We have a team of 17 staff with both Brazilians and Americans made up of a small team of administrative staff and two campus staff teams on the two largest campuses in our city. Our goal is to raise up a nationalized Brazilian college ministry that will eventually expand to other campuses and regions throughout Brazil.

We have also helped plant a church alongside the campus work and most of our church leadership is fruit from the campus ministry. It’s fulfilling to see the process of unreached students becoming husbands, wives, mothers, fathers and spiritual leaders in the church. It’s also exciting to see whole families coming to know Christ as a result of the influence of the college student who has taken the gospel back to their parents and brothers and sisters. I call this reverse-discipleship and there are many examples of this in our church. Pray for our church because we are young and recently lost our pastor and are trusting God to bring a new pastor to us.

We’re excited every time we hear about what God is doing at Graystone and are thankful to be part of your team in the harvest in Brazil.

Prayer requests:

·      Pray for spiritual refreshment, joy and perseverance for our staff in the midst of a challenging mission field.

·      Pray for fruit from our two campuses

·      Pray for a pastor for our church, Comunidade Horizonte

·      Pray for our elders as we lead the church forward during this time without a pastor.

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