As violence and police-related labor actions grip the southeastern Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, young Seventh-day Adventists are performing acts of peace.

The state, situated along Brazil’s Atlantic Ocean coast and home to 3.8 million people, has been wracked by violence and disruption after state police were unable to work when family members blockaded their barracks. According to media reports, Espírito Santo is one of several Brazilian states suffering budget cuts during a time of national fiscal crisis, and those cuts have had an impact on public services.

In the midst of this, the region’s Adventist youth are taking peaceful action. Last weekend, in the city of Serra, a group held a march in the streets of Porto Canoa neighborhood with messages of hope and comfort for the population.

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