Naomi lives in Recife/Olinda in north-eastern Brazil. Naomi is involved in church-based and Bible-based community development and evangelistic outreach. Naomi is working with the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. Since the start of 2012, Naomi has been working alongside the Peixinhos congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPB) and more recently with the IPB congregation of Beberibe.

Naomi is involved in empowering the local church to start to question what it is that God has called them to do amongst their communities in sharing the Good News of Jesus. Encouraging, training and facilitating them in this process of beginning to think for themselves and prayerfully work out what God has called them to do together, is not only challenging, but is also a long-term process. She is also involved in the production of contextualised, evangelistic and discipleship material particularly for illiterate and functionally illiterate families.

Naomi comments, “Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:27 addresses the local believers and describes them as follows, ‘Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.’ The work I am involved with in Brazil is very much based on the theology behind this verse. God has called and equipped the local believers with the specific task of bringing glory and honour to his name in both the building up of the local believers and in reaching out to the lost with the good news of Jesus. Hence it is the local believers who are the body, and it is God who has appointed each one with differing gifts. I offer training and specific teaching material designed for working alongside poor communities. I am not the one doing the outreach, setting up the programme or running the project, as I am not a body-part of the local church. I am not a member of the local body, but rather have been sent out to help the local body work better, particularly in relation to reaching out to the poor communities with the Good News of Jesus in a biblical, culturally and contextually appropriate form.”

Naomi’s work can be best summed up as church-based and Bible-based community development and evangelistic outreach with the local body parts being involved in various outreaches including; reading room activities, Coffee with God Bible studies, Good News Club activities, football evangelism, film days, family visits, street evangelism presentations, nursing home visits/evangelism, etc.

All the various strategies and activities have the purpose of equipping and encouraging the local congregations to be the witnesses in their communities that God in Acts 1:8 has commanded them to be.  As Naomi comments “my prayer is that together we will continue to see children, young people and adults around us each day as Jesus Himself sees them “harassed and helpless without a shepherd”; “lost souls” for whom Jesus came “to seek and to save” and that we will have the same obedience to the “Heavenly Vision” as the apostle Paul.”

From 2005 to 2011, Naomi worked alongside the IPB congregation of Casa Caiada and local churches within the neighbourhood of Aguazinha, seeking to help these poor and marginalised people by sharing the gospel with them.

Before going to Brazil, Naomi was a Biology teacher at Hunterhouse College in Belfast. She spent two years (2000-02) as a volunteer in mission in the Valley of the Lord Orphanage in Recife, Brazil. She also has a Masters’ degree in Theology from Queens University Belfast (UTC) with specific emphasis on how best to work with children at risk in Brazil. Naomi´s home congregation is Sloan Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Naomi has continued to serve in Brazil which has been badly affected by the pandemic. She has adapted her work and witness to comply with local restrictions. 

Prayer Points

  • Give praise to God for the hunger and enthusiasm to learn that is evident in the congregations where Naomi is involved in church-based and Bible-based community development and evangelistic outreach.
  • Pray for patience, guidance and direction from God in all the training sessions with the various congregations.
  • Pray that the actions and life of these congregations would truly be based on God’s Word and that many souls who are lost will be found.
  • Pray too for good health and safety for Naomi.

​Naomi has recorded two film clips (a short 3 minute clip and longer 15 minute clip) which can be downloaded and used in church services, prayer meetings or events to raise awareness and prayer for what God is doing across the world, as we seek to go deep and wide in global mission involvement. These are available from the Mission Department. Contact / 028 9032 2284. 

Latest Report

April 2024 

In preparation for Easter in the Weekly Doctrine and Prayer meetings we looked at John 3:16 and reminded ourselves of the wonder of the love of God for each one of us. We were reminded of how being ‘born again’ spiritually is a passive action on our part, just as a new born baby depends on the mother to do all the work during the process of labour, it is God who performs the new birth. He loved, he gave, he forgives, and in him we are a new creation.

The evangelistic events in both Beberibe and Peixinhos went well with lots of “fish” coming to hear the good news of Easter.

We now have a list of names on our fish to pray for as each volunteer managed to get a least one name from the events.

The visit to the nursing home went well as did the football evangelism.

Our ‘family day’ in Peixinhos community is planned for 6 April and one of our volunteers together with his son are going to dress up as rabbits and re-inact the story of “Guess How Much I Love You.” By Sam Mc Bratney.

The Good News Club children are discovering more of who Jesus is in our Series on God, the Bible, sin, Jesus, repentance and faith, considering the cost. This year four of our young volunteers are using the M&Ms sweets to encourage Missão no Mundo (Mission in the World).

With a large map and their Missão no Mundo t-shirts (M&M t-shirts) they are sharing how God’s people are commanded to be involved in sharing the good news of Jesus with folks in other parts of the World (not quite like George Verwer - but pretty close!).

In these short sessions of 7-10 minutes, every other week, it is great to see the excitement of the children as they get on an imaginary airplane and travel to different countries and then spend some time praying for that country. It is also great to see the young volunteers becoming more interested in what is happening outside their small community and discovering at the same time how big God’s world really is. 

Prayer Points

  • Give thanks for the encouraging evangelistic events over the Easter period.
  • Please pray with us that those who heard the good news about the Saviour who loves them, would come to know him as their Saviour and Lord.
  • Continue to pray for the Good News Club and Reading in the Park.
  • Continue to pray for the training sessions with the volunteers. 

I hope to be available for meetings and training sessions in the months of the end of June, July and August in Ireland so if you are interested in having me along please get in touch with staff in the Mission Department (+44 (0)28 9032 2284)

Contact Details:

Caixa Postal 73
AC Central Recife
Codigo 32300018
Avenida Guararapes 250
CEP 50010970



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