Who We Are

The Amazon Lifesavers Ministry is made up of volunteers from many different fields that seek to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those living in the most remote corners of the Amazon, principally working in communities along the river. The ministry is modeled after a Seventh-day Adventist missionary couple, Leo and Jessie Halliwell, who initiated their work in the 1930’s, traveling all over the Amazon in their legendary launch called the Luzeiro (Light Bearer).


To inspire, equip and send volunteers into all the Amazon Region using health and evangelism to share Christ and Bible truth for these last days


To reach all those living in riverside communities and remote areas of the Amazon with the gospel

Given the need of the Amazon river-dwellers, a group of volunteers and members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church created a non-profit organization in 2007 called ASVAM (Ação Social Voluntária Amazônia). They resolved to invest personal resources to create and maintain the Amazon Lifesavers project (previously called the Luzeiro Amazônia Project). This project is a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The ministry is administratively run and organized by ASVAM, however it is also a part of Outpost Centers International (OCI), a U.S. based non-profit organization. OCI is a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that networks and nurtures many supporting ministries around the world.


The Amazon Lifesavers Ministry provides many services to Amazon communities:

In partnership with the Mayor’s offices in the interior, health fairs are held to provide specialized care in areas such as: pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, EKG, ultrasounds, and others

Dozens of conferences have been conducted for our volunteers, including Adventist Health Professionals Conferences – EPSAM (1999-2002), Medical Missionary Conferences, and Volunteer Training Conferences

Evangelistic campaigns are held in remote villages to teach them about the Bible. In addition, Bibles and Christian literature are distributed free of charge

Medical and dental care, physiotherapy, nutritional counseling, legal and other services are provided to poor and needy communities

Using local foods we teach those interested how to prepare healthful, vegetarian meals

5 day stop-smoking classes are held to instruct and encourage those who would like to quit smoking


Meet our volunteers


Fernando and Roger

Missionaries – Great Lake of Coari

One is from São Paulo, and the other from Minas Gerais, living on a boat that ministers to the middle region of the Solimões River


Victor and Gabi

Missionaries – Andirá River

A doctor and a lawyer, who left everything behind to dedicate their lives to the work of God. Their term of service has no determined end. He is from Mato Grosso and she from São Paulo


Paula and Noélia

Missionaries – Rio Negro

These two have already lived in so many different villages, that there’s not enough space to tell about all of them. They currently live in the village of San Antonio



Kitchen and Hospitality

If you want to eat and sleep well, she’s the one to talk to. Rafa comes from Paraíba and has been with us since the beginning of 2015

We are members of the following ministries:
We partner with: