Meet Israel Shalom

Meet Israel Shalom

Meet Israel Shalom

Name

Israel Shalom

Oakseed ministry partner since 2022

Location

São Paulo, Brazil

Ministry Focus

Christ-Centered Music Education and Youth Care

About Israel Shalom

Israel Shalom ministers to at-risk children and adolescents from the Brasilândia favela, an impoverished area on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil. This ministry uses musical education with a Christian focus to gain kids’ attention and share the gospel—which can transform their life trajectory.

Israel Shalom teaches youth music appreciation classes and beginner to advanced music lessons (instrumental and vocal). Within the community, they perform concerts and shows to highlight young artists. Adolescents are trained to lead worship at local churches and youth detention centers alongside Israel Shalom’s ministry partner, JEAME. Additionally, Israel Shalom teaches ballet classes. Israel Shalom uses these concerts and recitals as public opportunities to share the gospel and showcase the hope found in those who know Christ.

Many of their volunteers are graduates from the program who have returned to invest in the lives of these youth. As these graduates pour into the ministry, they serve as role models and proof to at-risk kids that Jesus is more satisfying than being on the streets and involved with gangs.

About Brazil

The largest country in South America, Brazil is known for its diverse culture, manifested in its cuisine, dance, and music. Brazil has a rich musical heritage, combining Western, African, and native musical influences. While gangs try to attract poor children with promises of protection, community, and income, Israel Shalom holds out the gospel and creates a safe community for young people to learn and use their gifts to glorify the Lord and bless their community.

Notes from the Director

Given the environment in which we operate, we seek to use musical education with a Christian focus, sharing the gospel, which can redirect the lives of these at-risk children.

Pastor Israel Lemos, Director of Israel Shalom

Prayer Points

  1. Pray for physical protection for the teachers and students of the ministry. Pray also for spiritual protection so they may continue to minister faithfully as they bring the gospel to the students in their care.
  2. Many volunteers are graduates of the program who have returned to share Christ with the next generation. Pray for the Lord to draw the students to Himself, especially as they meet people who are like them but who have found satisfaction in Christ instead of what the streets and gangs offer.
  3. Pray for the Lord to continue to bring like-minded volunteers to Israel Shalom who love the work they see them doing, have a vision for helping change young people’s lives by bringing them hope and purpose through the gospel, and want to partner with them.
  4. Pray for gospel opportunities for Israel Shalom as they minister to young people with physical struggles, including addiction, illnesses, and emotional needs.
  5. Please pray for the Lord to use Israel Shalom’s street evangelism project to draw in children and teenagers to hear the gospel and find an alternative to drugs, gangs, and crime.

Oakseed offers several ways to support Israel Shalom in its mission to bring the gospel to its community, including prayer resources and financial support. Please visit our prayer or bazaar catalog pages for more information.