The vision of Refúgio is to provide a place of safety and security where people may be counseled, discipled, and trained by a team of professional, qualified and godly pastors. By focusing primarily on church leaders and their needs, Refúgio hopes to help the church in Brazil grow stronger.

Key ideas in Refúgio’s vision are the concepts of a Christian worldview and the need for counseling and discipling in the church, in the line of thinkers such as Francis Schaeffer and Jay Adams. We seek to apply God’s Word to all aspects of life, and to draw others into this constant application of His Truth.


The team at Refúgio consists of several families:

  1. Wadislau and Betty Gomes

  2. Davi and Adriana Gomes

  3. Daniel and Márcia Gomes

  4. David and Taara Portela

Together we share the work of planning, building, and maintaining Refúgio.


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13


We have been warmly welcomed into this small church plant. David is involved with admin, technical aspects and keeping the website up-to-date and both David and Taara are helping with music. The church family has already been a great encouragement to us!