Ian & Simea Meldrum are Anglican Vicars serving at Living Waters Church (Agua Viva) in Olinda Brazil. The main focus of their work is with people who live in a shanty town next to the old rubbish dump in the city.
Ian & Simea believe that by teaching about the love of Christ and showing a loving, caring and giving way of living, the families in the shanty town can improve their situation and have a better life.
Their work is about restoring homeless children at risk and families who are desperately poor with no love in their lives.
There are three main projects all financed and run by volunteers:
- My Father’s House which is a safe house for homeless boys.
- Living Waters Church is in the shanty town next to the dump. Services are held on Sundays while on other days the church is used for caring for children and families with a whole range of activities all week.
- The Farm which is about 40 minutes’ drive away from Olinda is used for away days and weekends for children and families. The teenage boys have a Peace Brigade camp there plus the congregation from Living Waters Church go for services, games and relaxation.
More details can been seen on the Olinda Mission Website.
Ian and Simea have been given two properties in Olinda to turn into youth centres (Transform Support Houses). They are training teams and equipping the properties. The hope is that these houses will become focal points for local churches to work together. Through music, dance and theatre workshops the teams will reach out to local children and teenagers – they will build relationships and introduce them to God’s word.