Marissol and I have been serving with Word of Life for the last 26 years. We have served for 22 years in Brazil and the last 4 years in Costa Rica. Now as we head back to Brazil we are excited about the opportunities of ministry that are opening up in Brazil with SCORE International.
Steve Theis: In 1963, my parents George and Joan Theis went to Brazil as missionaries with Word of Life. In 1968 my mother led me in the sinner’s prayer and by faith I received God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. In 1970 at a camp meeting where my father was preaching I said to Jesus here is my life use it as you like.
Marissol Theis: I was born into a partially Christian family in Recife, Brazil. My mother (Anna) was saved but my father (Umberto) to this day has not surrendered to Christ. When I was 13 years old as my pastor gave the invitation for salvation I went forward and received God’s gift of forgiveness of sins through Jesus. In 1993 enrolled in the Word of Life Bible Institute in Recife, Brazil. That was where I met Steve and we were married in 1995.
We have three lovely daughters, Jessica-1997, Amanda-1999 and Melissa-2001.
In SCORE, we will be helping the Local Churches across Brazil by networking them with Churches in the USA who will provide construction, ministry, sports and medical teams. Our desire is to help motivate Americans and Brazilians to see God’s heart for WORLD MISSIONS!
In the last five years God has given us the opportunity to share Christ to over 125,000 students from the public schools here in Brazil. We run a program we call Day Camps for the schools. A lot of these public schools do not have the funds to do much for these students. The public schools will enjoy a Day Camp with good food, excellent programing at a beautiful location.
Our goal is to share Christ with them. In one day they will hear gospel messages twice and be in a small group where they will be led to a decision for Christ or not. At the end of the day they take home a gospel track. We work with local Bible Believing Church that we seek to connect with the students.
For the past 5 years we have been funded by a ministry that runs camps for needy kids. Last month our funding was reduced in 92% of what we had. We are asking God to provide the funding from other sources so we can continue to share Christ with the Public School students. If you would like to know more and how you can be a part, click here.