Hannah and Tim Flatman

Hannah first went to Brazil in 2006 as part of a St John’s student short term mission visit. The team went to work with Ian and Simea Meldrum at Living Waters Church in Olinda and in its associated ministry at My Father’s House, a safe haven for boys rescued from a life of crime and violence on the rubbish dumps around the city. Hannah says, “It wasn’t until I caught the smell of Recife’s rubbish dump, walked through the mud and sewage of a Brazilian favela (shanty town) and befriended a mute 5 year old on the streets, that I truly became outraged at the injustice done to Brazil’s street children.”

Since then Hannah has been back to Brazil several times, including spending two years in Recife (2009-11). She took part in Latin Link’s missionary training Strider programme and received help with language learning, and on the job supervision and advice. The main focus of her ministry was on a slum in the Tejipio area of Recife. There is a well-established ministry to boys but Hannah was able to develop the girls’ ministry. She also ran Bible studies and discipleship programmes on the slums and co-ordinated evangelistic English camps for students and young professionals.

Hannah returned to UK just before Christmas 2011 and has now come to the end of studying a one year MA course in Contextual Theology and Missions at All Nations Christian College in Ware, where she met Tim. They married in May 2014 and began their life together in the UK. After their first year of marriage they will returned to Gaibu in north east Brazil to live. From there they will also be making regular visits to South Sudan.

Hannah says, “God is transforming lives in incredible ways in Brazil; we want to be part of that, and to invite you to partner with us. As we return to Brazil long-term (5+ years) with Latin Link we are looking for friends, churches, and individuals to commit to supporting us both financially and prayerfully. Please also be supporting us prayerfully: for our plans and fundraising to return long-term to the countries and peoples God has placed on our hearts, and, for the people in Brazil and South Sudan: that Christ’s light would shine into their dark worlds.”

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