We are Debora and Levi Santana, we are Mission Partners with Church Mission Society.
We were both born in Brazil. The son of a Baptist minister involved in the rehabilitation of addicts, Levi moved to the UK as a teenager in 2002 and this is where God began to wake his heart up for mission. Having worked with Youth For Christ, and for the past 10 years within the Church of England, he was ordained in 2013. Debora grew up in a Christian home and was inspired by her mother who was a local evangelist.
We got married in 2007 and then worked together in ministry. Together we have worked with young people, started a missional community in High Wycombe and served marginalised young adults in our community.
Hospitality has also been a huge part of our lives and our home has always been a place of welcome and a “home away from home” to many, something we hope will continue in Brazil.
Levi is currently studying at Church Mission Society on the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training Course MA programme while he serves his curacy at St Andrew’s, High Wycombe. We have a young son, Nicolas, born in 2010.
In January 2015 during a visit to Goiania in Brazil, our hearts were broken by seeing hundreds of people living on the streets of the city centre affected by crack cocaine. As we prayed we were stirred by God to respond to such need and serve in one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
In partnership with a local church we hope to set up a social bank, providing food and clothing to assist those living on or under the poverty line. We will also build a team to engage with those living on the streets affected by crack cocaine, and hopefully start a street church expression of worship. Levi will also teach at a local Bible School, training ordinands and pastors in mission.