OLINDA, Brazil (BNc) — A new children’s home in northeastern Brazil has gotten approval from the government to take in children.

Executive Director Maciel Viera emailed BNc yesterday that on Jan. 15 the Olinda Rights Council for Children and Adolescents granted the Mannah Chidren’s Home its registration, which now permits it to receive and care for needy children.

“We have already finished the first house and have a family ready, Miguel and Ednea, living in the house, as they wait for the first children to be received,” wrote Maciel.

A second house will be finished in March, and houseparents have already been hired for it, he said.

The city of Olinda is in the Recife metropolitan area, in the state of Pernambuco.

The home’s website lists three area congregations that contribute regularly to its efforts.

Mannah Children’s Home is the second in Brazil, directed by churches of Christ, to begin operations.

The Lar Cristão Children’s Home operates in Sao Paulo state. Another is being prepared in the city of Belo Horizonte.

UPDATE: Lar Maná changed to Mannah on consultation with Maciel.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us