The work of the Missionaries of Peace is not limited to the Humanitarian Missions, but also expands to include countless other tasks, which aim at taking care of the human, animal, plant and mineral kingdoms. These other tasks, carried out in donation and as an offering to the One and Only Life, are given the name of Permanent Missions. They are comprised of services rendered on a daily basis by the Missionaries of Peace, in the Houses of Saint Joseph for Humanitarian Help, in Carmo da Cachoeira, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and coordinated by Fraternidade – International Humanitarian Federation.

 

Permanent Mission in Roraima

The Humanitarian Roraima Mission began in November 2016 and continues to this day as a Permanent Mission conducted by the Fraternidade. The objective is to render humanitarian, material and spiritual help to the refugees of several countries: the majorities of them come from Venezuela.

The members of the mission have proved, by means of donations and of voluntary works, provisions and meals, refuge, health services, artistic activities, Portugueese, Spanish and Warao classes, recreational activities, help in the insertion in the job market and incentive for the manifestation of the Warao Indigenous culture. A great part of the activities took place in the city of Boa Vista, a place where many refugees live.

Learn more: https://www.fraterinternacional.org/en/campanhas-ffhi/humanitarian-roraima-mission/

 

Permanent Missions in Chaco

The first Mission conducted in the Province of Chaco in Argentina took place in the beginning of 2016, with the missionaries of the Fraternidade – International Humanitarian Federation – and several collaborators of the Network-of-Light. The goal was to alleviate the suffering of one of the poorest Indigenous communities in South America.

After that, the work was assumed by the Network-of-Light of Northern Argentina, which began in May 2016 the Permanent Missions, with several actions in the place. Last July 2017 there happened the 7th Meeting of the Permanent Missions in Chaco, with the participation of members of the Network-of-Light, monastics of the Grace Mercy Order and collaborators.

During the Permanent Missions, several activities are conducted in the Indigenous communities of the Qon ethnic group, such as haircut and hair wash, lice-removal, donation of clothes and food, health attendances and recreation for children. The missions have taken place every two or three months.

Learn about the kinds of service offered
on an ongoing basis at Carmo da Cachoeira

Distribution includes clothes, footwear, objects of personal use, utensils, etc. This activity is carried out in the Shed of Saint Joseph, in Carmo da Cachoeira, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The food that is donate for free.

Visits for the identification of the needs of families, both of material necessities and needs of prayer or support in general.

Basic health care, distribution for castration, rescue and assistance in animal emergencies, in cases of accidents and birth of animals, among others.

Attention to the residents (hair and nail cut, fraternal talk, tidying up of bedrooms and rooms in general, distribution of clothes food and prayer)

Weekly participation in the meetings and support of the alcoholics.

1- Assistance to homeless families or those who are in a precarious life situation, unemployed persons, rural area dwellers without a dignified life condition and without food security, persons with chemical -, drug – or alcohol -addiction.

2- As a place of temporary lodging, the House of Saint Joseph for Humanitarian Help receives homeless persons, or those without the possibility of private lodging, offering food, clothes, overnight stay, clothes washing, bus ticket purchase to the city of destination and distribution to places of recovery.

3- Support of those attended by the House of Saint Joseph for Humanitarian Help in medical consultations, visits to prisons, support or referral for obtaining a job, among other needs.

Scheduling of periodic visits for the development of joint activities, aiming at supplying the needs of the moment.

Donations can be received both in Carmo da Cachoeira and in the neighboring towns, when it is not possible for the donor to send the goods to the House of Saint Joseph for Humanitarian Help. The Missionaries of Peace also have a large room at the headquarters of the Fraternidade – International Humanitarian Federation, where they receive  donations of clothes and footwear, to be sorted, before they are redirected for donation.

They may be sent for weekly distribution to the population of Carmo da Cachoeira or to be distributed to other institutions with which the Missionaries of Peace have a working relationship.

  • Vida Viva (Living Life), in Boa Esperança: assistance to patients with cancer, in collaboration with House Light on the Hill.
  • Asilo do Grupo das Samaritanas (Refuge of the Group of the Samaritans), in Nepomuceno: monthly visit to the residents (fraternal talk, help in feeding, group prayer).
  • Palmital Neighborhood: home visits, donations of clothes, footwear, food and prayer.
  • Casa de Serviço (House of Service), in Varginha: support in the tidying up of the house, donations of clothes, footwear, among others and prayer.
  • Associação Cristã Betesda (Chistian Association Betesda), in Varginha: support to the association that houses mens beings in the process of recovery from drug addiction.
  • Hospital de Oncologia Bom Pastor Hospital of Oncology Good Shepherd) and sister Associations – Viva Vida (Living Life) and Novos Ventos (New Winds), in Varginha: distribution of clothes, footwear and food for patients with cancer and their relatives.

Support to the group work of castration and in the harmonization of the facility.

In the Hut of Saint Joseph, the missionary group offers activities that aim for the development of skills and the professional training of poor residents in: sewing, artisanship, carpentry, masonry, electricity, cooking, among others. Today, the Hut functions as a place where all kinds of donations received are packaged and given. These include clothes, footwear, clothing accessories, stoves, refrigerators, various pieces of furniture and electronic devices.

In addition, the hut will be used for the operation of a brick factory, in which the town inhabitants will be able to make bricks themselves for their own houses, with some support from the group of missionaries of peace in the organization of the activity and in the acquisition of the building materials.