Starts with our logo, that was designed with meaning on three dimensions, shape, color and symbol.
The forgiveness of sin through the blood of Christ. The house with the heart symbolizes the importance of home and community
The growth and life. The leaf symbolizes life that results from physical water as well as growth from a spiritual perspective.
A color that represent trust and loyalty. The fish symbolizes both economic development as well as a reminder that we are to be “fishers of men”.
Our Approach for Community Transformation
Our approach is relationship based; community members are actively engaged in every aspect of transformation, from planning to implementation, and even evaluation of successes and defeats. It is through these relationships that the assets and strengths of the community become the focal point for long-term holistic growth and improvement.
This transformational approach creates an environment where those being served, actually begin to believe in themselves and their worth. They begin to hope again. The expectation is that change occurs alongside their rich and traditional culture. In this way, we assist the individual and community in identifying their pre-existing strengths, in order to be who they were uniquely created to be.
Of Many Lives Transformed.
Our First Community
Riacho da Porta
Our founders, Renato and Michele Cassula, found the community of Riacho da Porta, on the very edge of the drought affected area in the northeast of Brazil. This community became the first focus of ministry, outreach, and community development for Jacobs Well Missions. The Cassulas knew that the way to gaining trust in this new community would be through intentional relationship-building. They formed friendships by visiting weekly, and sitting down on dirt floors to listen, drink café, and share meals together. The people of this community have been used and abused by many people over the years, specifically politicians trying to bribe them for votes. Anyone who shows up in a nice car, with nice clothes, claiming they are there to “help” is a red flag of distrust. Yet, ongoing relationship building, consistent communication, and the love of Jesus, opened doors for further investment in this community.
Renato affirms about how often, “big things,” begin with a tiny seed planted in our hearts. Once that seed is planted, it is nurtured by faith, and God matures this seed into a beautiful plant. Working alongside this community took a seed of faith, and God was faithful in miraculous ways! Renato had only been visiting Riacho da Porta for about 4 months, when God provided the money to drill a water well for the community!!! After this event taking place, during one year period, many came to Believe in the Lord Jesus and committed their hearts to follow Him. Today a church is planted and lives continue to encounter salvation through the local church ministry established there.