History of The Ant’s House Brazil
On February 16, 2017, The Ant’s House of Brazil emerged from the sensibility of the 1st Independent Presbyterian Church of Londrina, Brazil, to continue supporting The Ant’s House in Mozambique, this time in a more comprehensive way due to the death of its founder, the church missionary Delci Esteves dos Santos. It was understood that God was calling on the church to provide administration and financial support so that the 300 children cared for at this institution would continue to receive suficiente support, and so that they would continue to be able to dream with a better life. Likewise, this support is intended to enable other Mozambican children to have the same opportunity in the future, following the exhortation to obey "the cause of the orphan and the widow and love the stranger by providing him food and clothing" (Deuteronomy 10:18). Moreover, it is written, "Render justice to the weak and the fatherless, and do right to the afflicted and the helpless. Help the weak and the needy, take them out of the hands of the wicked "(Psalm 82: 3-4).
History of The Ant’s House in Mozambique
Delci Esteves dos Santos, a missionary of the Antioquia Mission and the 1st Independent Presbyterian Church of Londrina (PR), arrived in Mozambique on June 12, 1989, when the country was at war. First, she was sent to Mozambique with the goal of starting a Sunday School for adults. For some time, this was the work she had developed in churches.
With the help of her brothers, especially Alfredo Banzima, Delci started a Bible School with children in the Mussumbuluku neighborhood. At first, there were 30 boys and girls who gathered on a Saturday morning under a tree. They heard the Word of God and received bread and milk. One day Delci witnessed a very sad scene, she was in Maputo and a child, among many who wandered int the streets, slept on the sidewalk. Delci climbed the hill with tears in her eyes and a feeling in the heart awakened by God: to do something for those children, mostly victims of the war. With the short amount of money that came each month for her livelihood, it seemed difficult, however, Delci decided that "it would be just a drop of water in an ocean of need, but it would still be a drop of water."
When God has a plan, nothing is impossible! The work went on until the day Delci heard the sweet voice of the Holy Spirit: "I want you to raise an orphanage and I will empower you for it." Seeing the little children coming in to be assisted, she said, "They look like ants." When reading the Holy Bible in Proverbs 30:25, "the ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer". Delci understood that she was called upon that people for help.
On February 21, 1991, a plot of land was registered with the name of The Ants House Association Project and Child Support Center in Mozambique. It was published on the Republic Bulletin therefore being recognized by the Mozanbique Government and in 1995, moved to the location were is still today. The number of children served grew up to 500 children. In addition to the children at the The Ant’s House, Delci also took care of 14 children in her own house, some of them had lost their family ties and others were welcomed for different reasons. Thus, that is how the Ant’s House Orphanage came to existance.
The Ant’s House currently serves approximately 300 children and teenagers between the ages of 8 and 18, out of which 40 of them live in the The Ant’s House Orphanage. They receive medical care and are followed in their school and spiritual life. They also receive food and participate in workshops, such as: sewing, embroidery, crochet, computer science, shoe store, tapestry. As many children are orphans or are at social risk, they usually get there without any hope, but the role of Gthe Ant’s House is to guide them professionally, socially and spiritually, so that they may look and expect a better future.
The leadership of The Ant’s House in Mozambique is made up of the children who were raised and carried out by Delci, and the President of The Ant’s House, Alfredo Banzima, and a team of young workers, who continue this beautiful work until today.