Dan and Hope have served in three regions of Brazil over the past 31 years starting churches and organizing conferences. Their ministry has included teaching Bible and Christian doctrine to church leaders, mentoring men and women in ministry, sharing the gospel, and discipling new believers. Over the last seven years, Dan and Hope have served in Brasilia, the nation's capital and fourth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil. During this period Hope edited a book of John Wesley writings in Portuguese. Dan engaged in reaching people for Christ through weekly visits to small businesses and through home meetings. They were also a part of a church planting team, mentored pastors in the region and teaching seminary courses to church leaders. The Brazilian church is calling Dan and Hope to a new opportunity. In February of 2020, they will move to Sao Paulo to help revitalize the main campus of the Free Methodist Bible seminary and to encourage a church planting movement throughout the country.

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Pray for:

• opportunities to share the gospel with friends and neighbors
• the growth of the new church plant in Riacho Fundo
• Pastor Peterson and his wife, Andiana, a Brazilian couple who joined the Free Methodist work in January 2018
• Their ministry team as they meet weekly in several homes (“Houses of Peace”) as many have come to Christ through these home Bible studies


Hope - September 13

Dan - February 15


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Owsleys in Brazil

  • Candango Church

    In 1956 (when Brasília was only a dream), President Kubitschek gathered together the team that would design the world’s newest city. Oscar Niemeyer was chosen as chief architect, Roberto Burle Marx as landscape designer, and Lúcio Costa as urban planner. After the plans were drawn up, sixty thousand workers (nicknamed “Candangos”) poured in from all over Brazil to clear the fields, …

  • He Overcomes the Darkness

           When Jairo was a teenager he attended church but still hung out with a rough crowd. One night he was with his drinking buddies and was driving home at high speed. As they took a sharp curve, Jairo’s drunken friend flailed his arms, hitting Jairo and causing him to lose control of the car. …

  • Don’t Quit Praying!

    When we met Nubia and Edson six years ago, they were reeling from the unexpected death of their young adult son. Although they did not know us, Dan was asked by a relative of theirs to do the funeral. Afterwards Dan said, “Let us know if you need anything.” A year later the call came. Nubia said they were …

  • Call the Whole Family! by Dan Owsley

    Recently I visited Manoel, a van driver who I befriended last year. He welcomed me onto his veranda where we were joined by his wife and step daughter. After small talk, I asked him about his walk with God. He told me he was faithfully reading the Bible I had given him. His step-daughter confided …

  • Divine Encounter

    After a ten day visit to NE Brazil, Dan and I were packing up to return to Brasília. I remembered that I’d promised our old neighbor one last visit so Dan and I halted our preparations and we walked around the block to say good-bye. Fatima was home and sent her granddaughter across to the …

  • To Love the Unlovable

    Janda and her mother had never gotten along. The fact that Janda was her father’s favorite caused jealousy, and Janda’s mom treated her spitefully throughout her childhood. Finally, she married and left home. She and her husband Jorge had only one child, Maria Eduarda, who was very precious to them. When Maria Eduarda entered high school, …