Reaching Unreached Muslim Refugees Fur People

“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known” (Romans 15.20).

Oliveira Family


I. Introduction

II. Justification

III. Objectives

IV. Goal

V. Target Audience

VI. Project Phases

VII. Needed Resources

VIII. Church

IX. Mission

X. Convocation

XI. Ministry Summary

XII. Testimonies

XIII. Contact

Declare his glory among the nations...


We live in a world in which more than 7,000 people groups have little or no access to the gospel, according to the Joshua Project. One of these people groups is called Fur, a Sudanese Muslim tribe with a population of over 1 million people.

Since we as a family believe the Lord has called us to work with this unreached people group, we are responding positively through this project. What moves in obedience to the divine call is a desire to glorify God by making disciples of all nations (Mt 28:18-20).

Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


Sudan hosts the second largest cluster of unreached peoples in the world. Among these, the Fur people stand out because of their large population.

The Fur are concentrated in Darfur a region in western Sudan. Since 2003, they have been facing in an extremely violent reality: a civil war has decimated and displaced thousands of people inside and outside the country.

The international community has classified the conflict as an ethnic cleansing attempt led by the Sudanese government. Because of war crimes and crimes against humanity that occurred in the region, the Sudanese President Omar al Bashir has two warrants of arrest against him issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

We hope to build our base in Amman, Jordan. There we will serve the 5,000 Sudanese living as refugees who, without the aid of international organizations, are struggling to rebuild their lives.


• Serve as English teachers in the Hope Language Center, founded by PMI (Pueblos Musulmanes Internacional/Muslim Peoples International) workers, providing classes to the Sudanese and other refugees (Palestinians, Syrians, Iraqis, Somalis, etc).

• Establish meaningful relationships with people, share the gospel in a contextualized way, and organize fellowship groups focusing on the Fur people.

• Produce literature in the Fur language, aiming at literacy and translation of Scripture.



Our goal is to plant biblical, contextualized and missional churches.


Our target audience is the Fur people, an unreached people group, with the gospel.

An unreached or least-reached people is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance.”

Important information about the people:

• Location: tribe from Sudan and Chad

• Population: 1.177,900

• Religion: 100% Sunni Muslims and Animists

• Language: Fur and Arabic

• Demographics: more than 2.8 million people from various Darfur tribes displaced in Sudan and neighboring countries



The project will begin in August 2019, progressing through the following phases:

1. Transition to Jordan

2. Language and culture acquisition

3. Beginning of English classes


We seek God’s provision for this project among churches, individuals, companies, and organizations willing to give.

The necessary monthly support to implement the project as established by the mission organization and based on the local living cost is $3,000. This amount includes rent, water, electricity, telephone, transportation, food, education, health, and other expenses. We have raised already 50% of this amount, primarily from supporters in Brazil. All that remains is to raise an outstanding $1,500.


We are members of the Arsenal Hill Presbyterian Church located in Columbia, SC. The church is affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, is led by Pastor Rob Turner and demonstrates a passion “to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to all peoples through word and deed, in Christian love and unity.”


We serve in partnership with PMI (Pueblos Musulmanes Internacional/Muslim Peoples International) and World Witness.

PMI is an evangelical, Latin, and interdenominational organization that works exclusively among Muslim peoples.

World Witness is the foreign missions agency of the ARP (Associate Reformed Presbyterian) Church, which has a primary focus is the Muslim world.


Sudan hosts the second largest number of unreached people groups in the world. If we do not preach the gospel to the Sudanese, who will do it? “And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14). The gospel must be communicated to them in agreement with the Great Commission so that they may have the opportunity to receive eternal life in Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Our project aims to reach the Fur people with the gospel; however, we understand that we cannot do this alone. We need the support of people who love God and want to make known to the Fur the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19).

Aware that the missionary work is accomplished through a joint effort, we call our faith family to partner in this ministry that the Lord has entrusted to us. The harvest’s work needs your participation, for it is a call to the whole Church of Christ!

Join us!


Jairo and Vania love the Lord Jesus and are committed to proclaiming the gospel to the unreached. They have been married since July of 2000 and have two sons called Mateus and David.

The couple served as missionaries for 12 years with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) in four African countries: South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, and Sudan. In addition, they have worked for almost 3 years with Muslim refugees from Syria and Iraq in Columbia, South Carolina.

Both have studied Theology at Peniel (the New Tribes Bible Institute in Brazil) and Linguistics and Missiology at ALEM (a partner organization with Wycliffe Bible Translators). In addition, they have both attended the Training in Ministry Outreach (TIMO) program with AIM.

Vania holds a Bachelor of Theology from the University of Philadelphia (UNIFIL) and a Master of Arts in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from Columbia International University (CIU). Jairo holds a Bachelor of Theology from the South American Theological University (FTSA), a Master of Arts in Muslim Studies, and a Master of Arts in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from Columbia International University (CIU). He is also a PhD candidate in Intercultural Studies with the same institution.

In line with his work on the field, Jairo devotes some of his time writing about missions. He is one of the commentators of the Missionary Study Bible, published by the Brazilian Bible Society (SBB), author of more than 10 books, and coauthor of the book Where There Is Now a Church, published by GMI.

The Lamb is worthy!


Jairo and Vania are a great model to the global church for participating in God’s mission in the 21st century. They have been faithful servants and leaders, especially in ministry to refugees and displaced peoples.”

Edward L. Smither – Dean of the Intercultural Studies Department at CIU (Columbia International University) and President of the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS)

I had the privilege of meeting Jairo and Vania in my pastoral and missionary journey. I became part of the process to interview, evaluate, and send them to the field. Since the beginning, I got the impression they were a very special couple. They seemed to be committed to God’s mission and to reaching the unreached with the gospel. The years have passed, and my impression has been confirmed. Selflessness, love for the refugees and an unchallengeable commitment to Jesus have been the marks of Jairo and Vania that keep inspiring us day by day.”

Oswaldo Prado – A missionary with One Challenge (OC)

Jairo, Vania, Mateus, and David have abundantly blessed the Arsenal Hill Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC. They serve with a wonderful combination of experience, passion, and humility. They are an amazing team! As church planters, we could not have asked God to send a more outstanding, encouraging family than them. Their love and dedication to the Syrian and Iraqi refugees in our city are having a lasting impact both in the lives of the refugees and in our church.”

Robert Turner – Pastor of Arsenal Hill Presbyterian Church - Columbia, South Carolina



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