Taking the love of Jesus into the Amazon
We are a charity organization based in Manaus, Brazil that takes a message of love and hope to the neediest people of the jungle. Our mission is to meet their spiritual and physical needs and ensure everyone we encounter understands that they are not forgotten and they are loved.
We’d love your support. Tax deductible donations can be made HERE.
What we do
Although the needs are many, and we do what we can regardless of the situation, Ray of Hope primarily focuses on the five areas: Camps for kids, Nutrition, Special Needs, Medical and Relief work.
We hold Kid’s Camps in villages that begins with a simple message for the children with lots of singing, acting and dancing. The team divides kids into age groups to participate in crafts, art and sports.
We try to address immediate hunger needs as well as developing ways to address chronic food and nutrition shortages by providing villagers with a hot meal and drink during the Kid’s Camp and target needy families for food bag distribution. One of our partners, Barn I Nod (Children in Need) supports a project in Manicapuru that provides daily meals to 100s of Amazon’s most needy.
Special Needs kids lack the most basic care in the jungle. When we hear of such children, we teach parents about Jesus’ love for special needs kids and teach them how to provide proper care. They also provide additional aid to the families by providing medical care, wheelchairs, monthly support, food bags, as needed.
The families in the Amazon are generally very poor, the hospital can be a few days boat ride away, and they most often do not have regular doctors and medical support around them. We raise sufficient funds to support doctor’s missions who join our teams on regular trips to provide medical care and to educate the village people on how they can protect and sometimes prevent deadly infections.
The Amazon River rises and falls as much as 80 feet a year! Homes are often built on stilts and high ground, but there are times when the river floods, forcing people to abandon their home or move into the rafters. These desperate times bring additional hardships such as snakes swimming in the lower levels, small gardens are flooded, and inaccessible stoves. We form teams of volunteers who provide emergency relief to flood victims.
Ray of Hope is run by Gloria Santos Reynolds, her husband Patrick Reynolds and Pastors Luzinette Peres. They are supported by a collection of 60-70 local volunteers as well as with teams from across the United States and from England.