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by Jackeline Farah, South American Division, and Adventist Review
During a Youth Prayer Week that ended with the celebration of Global Youth Day on March 19, 2022, Seventh-day Adventist churches in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus carried out several initiatives across the city with the goal of helping people often overlooked by society, as in the case of the homeless.
On March 16, 2022, Adventist young people from the Boas Novas church set up a structure at Praça dos Remédios, a central square in the historic center of the capital city of the State of Amazonas. The mobile facility included the option to shower for free. The homeless who accepted the offer also received toiletries, including soap bars, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a towel.
The Adventist youth-led initiative was also an opportunity to pray for those who benefited from it. [Photo: South American Division News]
Andrei M., 25, has lived on the streets for a year since he lost his father to COVID-19. “After my father died I lost my sense of direction in life. Next thing I know, I was already living on the streets. But life isn’t easy here. Sometimes I pay to take a bath, but if I do, I am often without food, so it is not something that I can often do,” he said.