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The Grand Opening of ReVive’s Second Home

Vijay, shortly after revealing the plaque with the help of the girls

On July 31st ReVive officially opened our new safe house – this will be a home for up to 12 boys and girls between the ages of 0 and 6 years old.

It was a lovely evening with lots of friends and supporters present along with Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Brazil, Vijay, the British Consul in Recife, Graham, and the Vice Ambassador, Liz. There were also representatives of the three branches of local government and a few reporters.

The girls had arranged a ballet presentation for the event which received a standing ovation. Vijay then “cut” the ribbons and revealed the plaque, which dedicates the house to Kelsey Moore, a friend of ReVive’s from the US who sadly passed away after battling cancer – she is the kind of Mother we wish for every child who passes through ReVive.

Before the specially made cake was cut, Andy and Vijay both made speeches and proposed a few toasts. Andy used the moment to emphasis ReVive’s work in adoption and long term vision of transitioning to foster care by saying:

“Tonight we’re opening this house because the city needs it – it needs more spaces to care for babies and young children – but the children who will live here do not need a beautiful house like this one – their greatest need is a family who will love and support them.”

The ceremony ended in a prayer of blessing over the house and the work.

There is still a lot to do before the house really “opens” to children – furniture needs to be bought and staff need to be hired and trained etc… All of this will happen over the next few weeks and months and requires more financial support – do get in touch if you can support ReVive’s work to open this house either by a regular gift or a one off donation to cover something from the house warming list (check out the list in a previous post).

Check out some photos from the event below:

Andy and Rose with the delegation from the British Embassy
Ballet presentation
Some of the Staff
The Homes from the Outside
Inside the home
Andy and Rose in front of the house

Gift List for New House

We’re launching a little fundraising campaign so we can begin to transform the new house into a home for 12 children from 0 – 6 years old. They will come to ReVive due to being abandoned or from abuse suffered from their families. They will stay with us until they’re able to return to their biological family or to a new family via adoption. 

The house warming list can be found here or a copy can be viewed below. We will need to raise around £10,000 ($12,500) to get everything on the list. If you can help out then do please get in touch…

If you’re in the UK you can give directly to the charity or online by clicking here.

From the US you can send a cheque to the address below or online by clicking here.

ReVive International, 13944 Strawberry Circle, Penn Valley, California 95946

Thanks so much – we really do appreciate your support!

Dining Room/Living RoomBrazilian Reais (R$)UK Pound (£)US dollar ($)
Dining Table + chairsR$3,500£700$875
Support TableR$500£100$125
Rocking Chairs (x3)R$2,000 (total)£400 (total)$500 (total)
Sofa (x3)R$2,500£500$625
Armchair (x2)R$700£140$175
Rubber floor tilesR$500£100$125
Kids High Chair (x4)R$300£60$60
Dinner set (plates, cups, cutlery etc…)R$500£100$125
Bean bags (x4)R$150£30$37

Geladeira R$2,500£500$625
Microwave R$350£70R$87
Water Fountain R$800£160$200
Food Processor R$100£20$25
Rubbish BinR$50£10$12

Chairs (x19)R$400£80$100
Bean bags (x3) R$100£20$25

Kids bunk beds (x4)R$1,500£300$375
Cots (x4) R$500£100$125
Bed sheets / Pillows (x12) R$1,200 (total)£240 (total)$300 (total) 
Sofa Bed R$1,800£360$450

Shower (x3)R$60£12$15
Mirrors (x3) R$150£30$37

Air Conditioning Unit (x6)R$12,000 (total)£2,400 (total)$3,000 (total) 
Computer/Laptop (x6)R$1,500£300$375
Data Projector (x2)R$1,800£360$450

ReVive Christmas Appeal 2018

As usual, every year we try to raise a little bit more money to make sure we can have a special Christmas with the girls at ReVive. All money raised will go towards presents, a Christmas party and a trip out or two during the holidays.

If you’d like to contribute then you can do so via this link or in the normal ways.

Thanks to all of you for your support!

A First Look at ReVive’s New Home

ReVive is growing! We will open up our second home in early 2019… this home will be for new born babies and children up to around 7 years old.

However, even before we’ve opened the home we’re praying that one day it will close. We’re also working hard to bring in a fostering network so that young children can be cared for within families rather than institutions. Watch this space!

ReVive Camp 2018

Guest writer, Rachel – short term UK Volunteer

July 9, 2018


Thursday 5th

 All packed and ready to go, about 30 of us piled into the bus. Destination: Summer Camp (although it’s winter here…but just go with it). It’s another scorching day so lots of water and food is being packed on the bus too. The bus, deprived of much health and safety, is consequently typically Brazilian. No seatbelts and wonky window fittings are going to make this journey 10x more exciting perhaps less so for my mum reading this. Some of the girls have dressed up smartly wearing pretty skirts and make-up as an outing is always an exciting occasion for them.


After a short (less than 1hr) but bumpy ride, we arrived at the camp. The grounds are quite big – big enough to fit a lake with a crocodile! – with a pool, volleyball court and main meeting area. I think the rooms are the best bit. Made from old shipping containers, each ‘box’ sleeps 10 people on bunkbeds. Yes, 10!! Luckily, the English girls (Becky, Rose and I) had one to ourselves so I can only imagine what sleeping with 8 kids less than 10 years old is like! Each box has a spacious bathroom (spacious for us, at least) with two hot showers, a toilet, two sinks and an AC. So they’re very well equipped for a container that probably once transported oil or something illegal….Once we’d dumped our stuff and got way over excited at the hot shower, we joined everyone else in the main meeting area. We were separated into two teams. Me, on the red team ‘Muralho de Fogo’, got involved making our team’s flag. Over the weekend points can be won for games and other events (like room inspection, but more on that later).


After dinner we met for our evening meeting. Andy announced the title of the weekend: “Sem Graça, a vida não tem graça”. It loses its meaning once translated into English as it literally translates as: ‘Without grace, life doesn’t have grace’. ‘Não tem graça” is a Portuguese way of saying that something isn’t funny or isn’t something to joke about – so the best way to translate the entire phrase is: “Life without grace is a serious matter”. Followed by a block of kids worship songs in Portuguese complete with actions, Andy introduced us to the concept of grace. He said that it is a present we don’t deserve in order to break down the misconception that it’s through our own efforts/works that we are accepted by God. Secondly, he said that grace is something that transforms us. He illustrated this very cleverly with a live demonstration. He took a bottle of clean water (representing us at creation) and poured in the liquid from another bottle labelled ‘sin’ which turned the water dirty and discoloured. With a third bottle filled with clear water, to represent Jesus, the opaque water (us damaged by sin) suddenly turned clear again to show that we are purified from all our wrongdoings as a result of Jesus’ sacrifice. Here’s a YouTube video of it:

Friday 6th

After lots of team games and the morning meeting where Evaldo spoke about Zacchaeus and how grace was shown to him, all 60-ish of us crowded round a projector screen to watch the Brazil v Belgium game. We knew it’d be a tough feat for the seleção given Belgium’s performance in the tournament. Our thoughts were confirmed as Belgium put away not 1, but 2 goals which Brazil could not beat. There weren’t any tears but just a room full of disappointed and frustrated supporters who had hoped this would be the year of the Hexa (6th win).

brazil match

To get over the upset, a group of us proceeded to go and play a match of football out on the field. There was lots of banter particularly at the expense of anyone who fell over as they then got called Neymar. More excitement came that evening. For context, Andy tasked Rose and I with being ‘fluff fairies’. “What’s a fluff fairy?” I hear you ask. Well our job is to inspect the girls’ rooms and award points to the team with the neatest beds. To beckon the fairies, the children had to shout ‘fadrinhas’ until we appeared – usually dancing or flossing….that’s my favourite move. The children were all in hysterics as we paraded in dressed like this:

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Saturday 7th

Rose, my fellow British volunteer, offered to do a talk this morning continuing the theme of grace. As she doesn’t speak much Portuguese yet, I volunteered to translate for her. I’d never done any sort of live translation before nor had Rose ever done a talk, so it was firsts all round. I read through what she’d prepared to try and spot any words I didn’t know. The verb ‘to stone’ and ‘crop and flock’ were some of the more difficult words I had to overcome… Rose did really well so I hope I did her talk justice as the 40-ish people present spoke little to no English. I found it quite tough especially being so ‘on the spot’ but we made them laugh a few times…for good reason.


Later that day came England’s turn to try and do better than the Brazilians did the day before. Only a handful of us watched it live on the screen, standing for the anthem and shouting as the ball got anywhere near the goal. Brill performance and thankfully a lot less messy than the Columbian match. Come on England!

After another football tournament (which our team won), a swim and a wide game, we gathered for the evening meeting. The topic was the story of the prodigal son. The guy who spoke did so extremely well as he related the story to our personal situations. The feelings of guilt, fear of judgement, shame etc. that we feel when we sin are the same that the son felt when he returned home from his selfish venture. But how did his father greet him? With

open arms. His father did not judge him but rather blessed him, hugged him full of compassion and celebrated his return home. And that’s what it’s like when we seek and return to God. After the talk, the lights were turned off and we sang a few songs. All around me I could hear people breaking down. There were tears, people crying out to God, offering to pray for each other – particularly for the Revive girls who this message really struck a chord with. The pain and hurt was tangible as people sought the open and gracious arms of the God who they’d often run away from or rejected. Tough stuff but God’s moving!

Sunday 8th

The final day dawns and people have been able to reflect on what they have heard these last few days. If you read my last post you might remember a girl I named Lily. I have news about her for you. Good news. At the end of the morning meeting, she asked to say a few words. Here’s a rough summary of what she said: “Lots of you know that I’ve been going through a rough patch lately and so I thought coming to camp wouldn’t change anything. I was expecting to come in and leave the same way; unchanged, still down in the dumps. But when I arrived I felt the desire to look up and say: ‘Hey, God, thank you for all this fun and good stuff around me. I’m sorry for everything.’ Then came Saturday evening. The talk about the prodigal son really spoke to me because I realised that I am a prodigal son. I’ve run and run away from God, rejecting him and living my own way, doing what I want to do on my terms. I cried my eyes out until Graça (the same person who led last weeks’ devotional) came over and prayed for me. I’ve come back to God. I’m running back. But this time it’s to stay. For this I want to say sorry to all those I’ve hurt on the way or who have had to bear the brunt of my rebellious behaviour. Thank you for always being there for me and never giving up on me. This camp has changed me in ways I never thought it would so thank you.” How awesome is that?? God is good!

Before we left I had one last thing I wanted to do. The family who own the camp site have 2 puppies who I’d been dying to go and cuddle. As to be expected, they were adorable and so fluffy. Enjoy these pics:


About 2pm we all packed up and got back on the bus to head home. What an amazing few days it has been. Shower and bed for me now, I think!

Exciting Plans for the Future

Here in Brazil, May 18th is the National Day of Combatting Child Abuse and the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Teenagers. ReVive has been in this fight for more than five years now.

Today seems to be a good day to announce our plans to open up a SECOND home in Olinda, PE. Most of you will know that this has been a dream for a long time and now, thanks to a generous donation, we’re able to do it (and more!). The house will probably be for new born babies and very young children, both boys and girls. Alongside this new home, we’re also going to open a prevention based project within a local community. This centre will provide a holistic work to entire families in the hope of strengthening them, providing kids work, professional training and a lot of other things in the hope of preventing families from falling into risk or abusive situations. We’ll be chatting with the local government and the judicial services over the next few months about how to implement these new services.

Another thing is that ReVive will have an even stronger focus on encouraging the sponsorship, fostering and adoption of children and teenagers in care. We hope to partner with the local churches to try and change the way fostering and adoption is viewed locally and facilitate churches in supporting and encouraging adoption and fostering in their congregations. We’ll also be involved at the local government level to help implement a foster family system with the hope that one day ReVive will have to close the doors to our homes (and all the other homes) because every child who needs to be brought into care is placed in a loving foster family.

However, until that day arrives, our homes will always offer a place of love, protection and full support so that children and teenagers may have their lives restored and hope renewed for a better future.

We’ll always count on the help and support of our friends, churches, colleagues in the child protection network and the professionals in the judicial and local government. We’re in this fight together!

USA Tour

For the past three weeks I (Andy) have been in the USA speaking about the work of ReVive in Brazil. The schedule has been pretty hectic; a total of 9 flights and many miles on the road speaking at a total of 11 events in the cities of Paradise, CA; San Diego, CA; Newport Beach, CA; Indianapolis, IN; Cincinatti, OH; Cleveland, OH and Orland, FL. A hectic but fantastic time of making new friends and connecting to various different churches.

The trip came round due to ReVive being opened as a non-profit in the US. I visited various friends and family throughout the states speaking at ‘home-made’ events as well as in various local churches. The trip was mainly to network, raise awareness of the work and to lay seeds for further relationships… and, of course, to encourage more prayerful and financial support of the work being done PLUS the EXCITING developments soon to happen – more about that soon!



Trustee’s Annual Report and Accounts

The ReVive financial year ends on the 30th of June. Each year the board of trustees submits its annual report, along with our audited accounts, to the UK Charity Commission. The report and the accounts are on public record for donors (and non-donors) to see. You can see ReVive’s page on the charity commission website by clicking here. You’ll be able to check the reports and accounts for previous years as well.

During the year ending June 30th 2017, ReVive received a total of £147,894 in donations and spent £109,410 in grants to Brazil.

Thanks to all for your support – we really do appreciate it.


British Ambassador visits ReVive Brazil

Once again we had the privilege of welcoming a British Ambassador to ReVive – this time it was Vijay who has just been appointed HM Ambassador to Brazil. It was a wonderful afternoon celebrating the best of both cultures with a special focus on the traditional ‘St John’ festivities at the end of June. This time, there was no cricket in the street, but the girls did teach Vijay the traditional ‘Forró’ dance!

Needless to say, Vijay was impressed and moved by the work that ReVive does and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with the British Diplomatic Mission to Brazil.

More pics can be seen here

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