In February, the Clinical Boat which EMAF uses to take the only medical care to dozens of villages along the Bahia coast, was attacked in broad daylight. The thieves stole lots of supplies and equipment, and what they could not carry they destroyed.
This story has a happy ending, because news of the tragedy brought a fresh wave of volunteer doctors and dentists and other helpers!
EMAF's many supporters in Brazil and elsewhere were able to help quickly, and within a short time the boat was able to sail again, to offer even greater service to those in need.
EMAF is the only hope of practical help and Christian compassion for these poor fishing communities. In Bahia, EMAF is providing Children's Centres, where the young can receive education, medical care and supplementary feeding as necessary, and parents can be helped to know how to give better care.
Social Centres tackle drug and alcohol problems, depression and mental illness; and provide vocational courses to help families have more sources of income and a better life.
In addition to practical caring, EMAF workers gently share their Christian faith in everyday contacts, such as that in the photograph above. Many new churches have resulted and in Bahia over 400 villagers are in discipleship programmes.
To learn more about EMAF, click here.