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Our History

The Gali Family

The Gali Family

Jordan, Julie, Mati, Sarah e Cori


YWAM Recife

YWAM Recife, Brazil, was birthed in 1986. Five years later, Mati and Julie Gali together with Bob and Magda Emberley and some others, began to develop the YWAM ministry, Projeto Pequeninos (Project Little Ones) which reached out to the little children on the streets of Recife.
God blessed the ministry and provided a small farm for a base in the nearby town of Camaragibe which later became the YWAM base.
Today Mati and Julie Gali are the leaders of the YWAM Recife base which has a focus on children at risk.
Over the years, missionaries from various nations and from within Brazil have responded to God’s call to help these lost children. This has resulted in the restoration of hundreds of young lives some of whom are now missionaries in Brazil and other countries.

Mati, born and raised in Samoa, South Pacific joined YWAM in 1988. Julie was born in Canada and did her DTS in Tyler, Texas, in 1985, before coming to Brazil in 1991.
They met and married in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, while working at the Restoration House with YWAM. They have three children; Jordan, Cory and Sarah.
Mati and Julie also travel and minister in China, Haiti, India, England and the South Pacific. Their ministry at home and abroad touches the nations.

YWAM Brazil

YWAM Brazil was started in 1975 by Jim and Pamela Stier, in Contagem – MG. There are currently 57 bases operating in almost all the states of Brazil, bringing together around 2,000 full-time missionaries serving in various ministries. We mobilize approximately 3,000 students and short-term volunteers annually in various training schools and other projects.

Jim & Pamela Stier

Jim & Pamela Stier

Founders of YWAM Brazil


YWAM International

Founded in 1960 by Loren and Darlene Cunningham in Lausanne, Switzerland, Youth With A Mission is now present on five continents, with approximately 1,100 bases in about 180 countries (more than 40 in the 10/40 Window). YWAM has around 18,000 full-time workers who are working to fulfil the commandments of Jesus.
Through short-term mobile teams YWAM ministers to all the nations of the world mobilizing annually around 30,000 students and volunteers.
YWAM seeks to awaken as many Christians as possible by involving them in the seven most influential areas of society: Government, Economy, Church, Family, Education, Communication and Celebration.


Loren & Darlene Cunningham

Founders of YWAM International


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