JEAME (an acronym for Jesus Loves Minors) conducts evangelistic services in 11 juvenile detention centers in Sāo Paulo, Brazil, reaching 1400 teenagers each week. JEAME is located a few blocks from a drug-infested area of Sāo Paulo named “Cracolândia” (roughly “crack town”). JEAME conducts regular street evangelistic efforts and prayer walks through Cracolândia. Follow-ups from these efforts include both Christian discipleship and vocational training.
The detention centers that JEAME ministers at have been temporarily closed to visitors because of the coronavirus. Thankfully, the staff at JEAME has utilized this unanticipated time to launch a new outreach center to the families of detained teens, providing material support for transportation, meals, vocational training for mothers, and IT training for teens.