Jill Thompson

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FIRST-PERSON: Who needs relief?

BRAZIL (BP) – Over the past several months, my husband, Rick, and I have been involved in Send Relief projects where we serve in Brazil. Send Relief provides a way to respond directly to those in need in lasting, meaningful ways while sharing the hope of the Gospel. In Rio de Janeiro, many suffer from food insecurity, but the pandemic magnified this problem.

FIRST-PERSON: Longing for 20/20

I had dreamed of 2020 for as long as I can remember. The anticipation and expectations were high as I counted down to welcome the New Year. Finally, it was here! My dream had come true. I felt confidence unlike ever before. I set amazing goals. I was sure of myself and the power of having 2020. 

Rio girl hungers for corporate worship

RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- While many churches have services online during the time of quarantine, many families in 12-year-old Maria Isabel's neighborhood don't have access to the internet. Elidiomar and Arianne, church planters in Rio de Janeiro, continue to go to their church plant each Sunday. One Sunday, they thought they would just go out and put together a snack for the children, but Maria Isabel insisted that food isn't enough.