Action Brazil, first named "The Gospel to Brazil Faith
Mission" is a Christian Evangelical charity which has
been active in North East Brazil since 1938. The
Mission is based in Patos, a rural town in the state of Paraiba,
four hundred miles south of the equator.
It is a semi-arid
area particularly prone to drought and epidemic. Paraiba is also
a particularly poor part of Brazil. It has an infant mortality
rate of fifteen times higher than Britain, a life expectancy of
less than fifty years, ten years less than the Brazilian national
average, and more than two out of three of it's children suffer
from some form of malnutrition. Less than one fifth of it's houses
have any sanition, electricity or running water.
was into this environment that GTB's founder Albert Mundy felt
God calling him in 1930. It wasn't until 1938, however that he
arrived with his wife Daisy to begin the work. The early years
were difficult and often dangerous but the work flourished, establishing
its first church building in 1943. In March 1949, Frank and Ivy Dyer sailed for Brazil to begin
a dedicated life of service for GTB, Ivy still continues to serve
to this day. The present Director John Medcraft married Elizabeth
- the Dyer's daughter - in 1969, moving to Brazil in 1972, taking
over the Directorship from Frank Dyer after his death in 1987.
Gospel to Brazil renamed Evangelical Action Brazil continues
to thrive and grow in its fruitfulness. Whilst evangelism and
Christian teaching have always formed the central core of its
activities, EAB believes practical social work to be a fundamental
part of the Gospel message. Through its ministry in the community
EAB has gained great respect amongst the people as well as establishing
much favour with local officials as they demonstrate God's
love and grace through many practical works.