Recovery for Imprisoned Missionary

For: Jose Dilson da Silva
Organizer: Jonatas da Silva
$8,074
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 56 donors
53% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

The Situation:

On November 6, 2012, my father, Jose Dilson da Silva, was arrested and put in prison for his work with an orphanage in Senegal. He is a Brazilian missionary who has been serving the Lord in Senegal for 22 years through his ministry, the Obadiah Project. We started an orphanage in 2011 to take children from the streets of Senegal and give them a place where they could be loved and find hope again. Another Brazilian missionary, Zeneide Moreira Novais, who is the “orphanage mom,” was also arrested at the same time. My father was arrested when one street child’s father was not happy that his son had learned about the Word of God at the orphanage. The man said my father had started an "association harming the children" of Senegal. These accusations are baseless, but my father and Zeneide are still in prison. The authorities have denied him habeas corpus and he is incarcerated in a filthy cell crammed with 35 other prisoners. The prison conditions are severe. They have been forced to sign papers without being allowed to read them, put into overcrowded rooms without windows or a place to sit or sleep, and affected by the mosquitos and heat. My mother and brother are only able to visit my father on Mondays and Fridays for 10 minutes. It is difficult for them to see him being treated like a criminal, dragged away from them and treated poorly. The Brazilian Embassy and three lawyers are working to bring them freedom while Christians around the world have been praying.

Why I am Raising the Money:

The past few weeks been very traumatic for my entire family. My father, mother, and 10-year-old brother are still living in Senegal; my sister is serving with YWAM in a closed country; and I am at university in the US. Even though we are separated, we all feel God’s peace in our lives. We believe that God will set my father and Zeneide free and that we will continue to work in Senegal helping the street children there. Once he is set free, my family needs to rest from this painful experience because the prison conditions are harsh. I hope to raise money to help pay for the legal expenses of the trials. After the legal expenses are paid for, the money will go to help my family to come to the US or Brazil for two months where they can all get psychological therapy and regain their strength again.

How The Money Will Be Used:

        • The money will help pay for traveling expenses from Dakar, Thies, and Mbour.
        • It will help pay for a part of the food for my father, Zeneide, and the other prisoners.?
        • Besides legal expenses, the money from this fund will help cover the plane tickets (about $1500-$3000 per person), the stay, and the treatment when my parents and brother come to Brazil or the US. This would also allow my sister and I to visit so the family could be reunited.?
        • We also need money to help cover expenses that come up because my father is a diabetic and needs special food and medicine.

We are not sure yet how long the trial will last or how much money will be necessary, but we are expecting the costs to be very high. Any amount you can give will be a huge blessing for my family. We believe that God will bring justice to the situation and allow my father to continue ministering in Senegal in the future.????

Major Updates:

        • Our mission APMTS and Zeneide’s mission Missao Servos will cover the cost of hiring the three attorneys.
        • Part of the cost of food will be covered by the Brazilian Embassy
        • Brazilian churches, missions, friends, and other Christians around the world have supported us greatly financially and in prayer outside of this website.
        • My whole family is now in Senegal. I will stay until January 8th and my sister will stay until February.

A Video About The Project:

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 5, 2013

Posted on January 5, 2013

For the French speaking, here is a link to the national newspaper that describes the condition of the prison my Father and Zeneide are being detained. They say it's only a 1/3 of what actually goes on in there. 

Para quem fala Frances, aqui esta um link que explica a situacao e a condicao da prisao aonde o Jose Dilson E Marlie a Zeneide estao presos. Dizem que e so um 1/3 da realidade.

http://www.rfm.sn/component/k2/item/712-thies-mamadou-ndiaye,-ex-detenu-«c’est-l’enfer-à-la-prison-de-thiès…».html


Posted on January 5, 2013

Posted on January 5, 2013

Thank you everyone who has donated and shared the link with friends, you have been a blessing. 

This money has already helped us pay for several expenses, some of which include:
-Helping build another cell at the prison to better the condition of the inmates
-Traveling and transporation expenses 
-The cost of food prepared daily (until the Brazilian Embassy reinburses us)
-The continual functioning of the project/orphanage. The payment of staff and food for the kids at the land
-And several other small expenses

There're some great news concerning the finances behind the situation. 
-Our mission APMTS and Zeneide’s mission Missao Servos will cover the cost of hiring the three attorneys.
-Part of the cost of food prepared daily will be covered by the Brazilian Embassy
-Brazilian churches, missions, friends, and other Christians around the world have supported us greatly financially and in prayer outside of this website

Though the amount states $15,000, the expenses are going to be much higher, even with the help we will receive. Thank you for helping us reach 28% of our goal in the fundraiser so far. We appreciate any help. 

**(For those who had problem donating, I have updated the paypal account to receive payment from non-paypal users, making it easier to donate.) 

God Bless.

Posted on November 30, 2012

Posted on November 30, 2012

A lot happens in 24 days.

24 days ago my father was imprisoned with false accusations.
In 24 days 2 Brazilian Senators have visited the Obadiah Project.
In 24 days my father has started a church ministry inside the prison
In 24 days several prisoners have come to Christ.
In 24 days the Obadiah Project videos have shot from 100 to 4000 views in total.
In 24 days the churches in Senegal and Brazil have become more united.
24 days ago Human Rights was not drafting a document to attack child slavery in Senegal
24 days ago the presidents of both Brazil and Senegal did not know about the project
24 days ago God chose our family to be used for his glory

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support. The overwhelming care we have received has been incredible. Thank you for everyone who has been donating, your financial support is also a tremendous help during this time.

Keep praying that God continues to use this situation for his glory and that the Judge releases them soon.

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