Reach Nations

Education for the Sertão of Brazil

Bilingual teaching, rooted in a Biblical Worldview for Children and Youth who will influence the World.

We believe Christian schools are the most effective tool to aid in a child’s discipleship and be a tool to influence and evangelize children and families that may never have the interest in stepping into a local church. We have observed that on average children spend 30 hours a week at school (not counting after-school activities that may happen in school.) Usually, if a child is part of a local church they would receive only 2 hours of Sunday School Class once a week. If their parents aren’t intentional with their children’s discipleship that may mean that out of the 32 hours of education that this child is receiving only 6% of that time is focused on biblical truth.

In a 2015 survey, the National Association of Evangelicals found that 63 percent of Christians accepted Jesus Christ between the ages of 4 and 14. This survey highlights the fact that these formative years are a prime time for reaching people’s hearts for Jesus.

This is just one of the surveys that have sparked the 4 to 14 Window evangelism movement that seeks to educate churches about the importance of children’s ministry.

To be a reference in bilingual and ecological Christian education that contributes to biopsychosocial and spiritual development. Empowering students so that they can exercise citizenship with a biblical worldview.

Develop and train children and young people with an education of excellence rooted in a biblical worldview so that they can influence the world around them.

Holistic Education: We believe that education should guarantee the development of students in all its dimensions – intellectual, physical, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual.

Social & Environmental Responsibility: As stewards of God’s creation, we understand that we are responsible for the environment, and it is our duty to teach in a practical way how to guarantee that the environment will be cultivated and preserved.

Social responsibility: We understand that in our academic teaching we will inspire our students to work as a team and serve their classmates, family, community, and country, propelling them towards a globally engaged citizenship well into adulthood.

Family cooperation: We believe in and encourage parents to be active participants in their child’s education. Collaborating so that they are the main drivers in the biopsychosocial and spiritual formation through the education of their child.

Dedication and Excellence: Each activity that will be carried out must be done with full diligence and zeal as well as in the best possible way.

Biblical Values ​​and Principles: Our Christian values ​​and principles will guide all areas of our institution, from day-to-day activities to hiring decisions.

2022• Build school project board team, develop school vision, mission, and core values, register the school in Brazil, fundraise to buy school land, buy school land, develop school architectural plan, budget plans.

• Fundraise to build the school: classrooms, labs, sports court, permaculture area, and offices. Build the school. Recruit possible school staff and volunteers for 2024. Fundraise for school tools and staff support.

2024• Beginning of after-school programs and outreach events. Beginning of staff training

2025• Launch School starting with the preschool program.

2026• Launch Elementary School Program.

• Launch Middle School Program.

Quixadá is a municipality in the state of Ceará, which is in the Northeast Region of Brazil. National data shows that the Northeast region of Brazil has less than one-third of the national population (27.3%) and contributes to almost half (47.9%) of all estimated poverty in the country. (FECOP, 2020)

Quixadá is the largest city in the Central Sertão (drylands), with an estimated population in 2019 of 87,728 inhabitants. Since 1915, the Quixadá region has been subject to severe droughts which have contributed to poverty in the region and migrations.

According to the last census done in 2010, approximately 84% of the population of Quixadá self-identify as Roman Catholic and only 11% self-identify as Evangelical Christians. (IBGE, 2010)

We have taken interest in the parallel that we see between this region of Brazil and Muslim majority regions such as North Africa and the Middle East. We have observed that these regions all face drought, religiosity, poverty, lack of access to Christian education, and present similar cultural behaviors.

Our theory is that, if we bring practical solutions that address these challenges, we may finally see Christianity taking root and thriving in those regions that we so desperately want to reach. Quixadá, Brazil is the location chosen for our pilot project because it presents the challenges cited above but we have an advantage which is the fluency in Portuguese.

What is Sertão?

In Brazil, it refers to one of the four sub-regions of the Northeast Region of Brazil. It is characterized by its long periods of drought.


Murilo Maciel



Victoria Ney Maciel

Vice President


Pamela Maria da Cunha Farias Barros

1st Secretary


Willame Darly Barros

1st Treasurer


Ana Célia Araújo de Souza Jehnen

2nd Secretary


Frank Helmut Jehnen

2nd Treasurer


Steven Lee Burkhalter

Board Advisor


Angela Harvey Burkhalter

Board Advisor


Ana Jawes de Morais Oliveira

Board Advisor


Francinilo Leitão Ferreira

Board Advisor


Alessandro Chaves Araújo

Board Advisor


Glaudineide Ferreira da Silva Araújo

Board Advisor

The land we are looking into purchasing is located in Estrada Do Contorno, N. 1607, Cohab – Zip Code: 63905-648, Quixadá – Ceará. This property belonged to the company named Dicel Distribuidora de Bebidas Serra e Sertão LTDA. It was taken by the bank on 10/28/2018 for reasons of foreclosure and debt consolidation with Caixa Econômica Federal. The property is being sold directly by Caixa Econômica Federal.

The land is flat, walled, and has a total area of 10,000 m2. It’s in a strategic location bordering the Cohab, Putiú, Campo Novo and Nova Jerusalem neighborhoods. Campo Novo specifically is where there is the highest concentration of needy families in Quixadá with 262 families enrolled in government assistance programs.

Property Code: 1.042
Address: Estrada Do Contorno, N. 1607, Cohab – Zip code: 63905-648, Quixadá – Ceará.
Appraisal value: BRL $660,000.00 ($126,923)
Sale value: BRL $478,962.00 ($92,108) (27.43% discount)
(ITBI 5.6% of the market value, IPTU, Enrollment fees, processing expenses)

Total amount: BRL $563,162 ($108,300)

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