Meet Ruama (Oakseed’s Newest Ministry Partner!)

Meet Ruama (Oakseed’s Newest Ministry Partner!)

Meet Ruama (Oakseed’s Newest Ministry Partner!)



Oakseed ministry partner since 2024


São Paulo, Brazil

Ministry Focus

Care for Women and Children

About Ruama

Ruama is a ministry that cares for impoverished children and women in the favelas of São Paulo, Brazil. Operating in Favela do Murão, the Boracéia community is beset by extreme poverty and social challenges, including broken families, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation.

Ruama serves approximately 150 children and teenagers through art, music, martial arts, IT, and storytelling. Families can also participate in sewing, crafts, and artisan workshops, thus generating income and contributing to their family budgets. Ruama offers essential support for children through preschool and before- and after-school care for children aged 6-12, providing Bible lessons, supervised play, and educational projects. The ministry also reaches teenagers with after-school care, tutoring, and remedial education.

Today, in Brazil, about 21 million people don’t have enough food to eat every day, and 70.3 million are in food insecurity. Ruama addresses this sad reality by providing daily meals to the children in their programs and sending additional healthy meals home to bless their families with food. Last year, they launched a new project to care for women in the shantytown, offering spiritual and material support and service referrals.

Notes from the Liaison

God’s faithfulness has sustained the Ruama Project for over 40 years. The ministry has seen countless lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, with the impact of God’s word helping children develop life skills and behavioral changes that lead to godly lives. Through these comprehensive programs and unwavering faith, the Ruama Project continues to show the love of Christ and transform the lives within its community.

Prayer Points

  1. Please pray for the Lord to bring the hope of the gospel to the children and women of the Boracéia community, bringing light into their darkness, giving them purpose and dignity in Christ, and providing for them in poverty and weakness.
  2. Pray for the Lord to give Ruama good relationships with the parents and guardians of the children it serves and bring many to faith in Christ.
  3. Pray for the Lord to provide volunteers and teachers for Ruama as it seeks to increase educational support for children in the community, including accepting many wait-listed children into its before- and after-school care programs.
  4. Pray for the Lord to help Ruama clearly communicate the gospel and provide a haven for children and teenagers in the community, away from abuse and exploitation.
  5. Pray for the Lord to strengthen Ruama’s partnerships with local churches in prayer, evangelism, and service to needy communities.
  6. Pray for the Lord to use Ruama to train the younger generation in the ways of the Lord.

Oakseed offers several ways to support Ruama in its mission to bring the gospel to its community, including prayer resources and financial support. Please visit our prayer page for more information.