Who We Are

History of Hope Ministries

Scott and Michelle Toth, founders and directors of Hope Ministries, have been working as church planters in the Amazon basin for 28 years. Scott Toth, originally from Rochester, New York, started his missionary work as a counselor in a boy’s orphanage in Southern Brazil during the years of 1975-1979. Michelle was raised on the mission field in Papua New Guinea and also worked there both in church planting and as a missionary nurse and midwife from 1978-1981. Scott and Michelle married in 1982 and had 4 daughters before returning to the mission field in Brazil as a couple in 1990. Their 5th daughter was born in Brazil in 1991, followed by their first son in 1996 and one more daughter in 2000. Four of their daughters have married Brazilians and all 7 children plus spouses are currently living in Brazil and involved with Hope Ministries, either as staff,  or working as volunteers.

Hope Ministries was started in 2008 under Fields of Harvest Church, Baytown, Texas. Pastors David and Martha Cochran and the Fields of Harvest Church have played an integral part in the forming and birthing of this ministry. Their encouragement, support, prayer and ministry with and to the Toth family over the last 25 years has been foundational to Hope Ministries.

Toth Family

Scott and Michelle Toth – mission directors of Hope Ministries and pastors of the Fields of Harvest Church – Castanhal

Marcos and Rachel
Marcos and Rachel Nogueira. Marcos is working full time as an administrative and financial assistant for Hope Ministries. Rachel and Marcos are also directors of “Projeto Remir” a music school for children in Bujaru. They also oversee the Evelyn’s House project, a home for at risk children we will be opening in the near future. Marcos and Rachel are parents to a beautiful and active 1 1/2 year old Marcos David.

Marçal and Rebekah Benathar (and sons, Jonathan & Benjamin) Marçal and Rebekah are on staff with Hope Ministries working as assistant and mission pastors at the Castanhal church and in church planting on the Guama River.

Bethany Toth. Bethany is studying to take an entrance exam for Medical School in December of 2018. She is currently living in Castanhal and helping with medical clinics and patients from river communities.

Higor and Christina and their son Christian. Christina graduated from Nursing School in 2017 and she is currently working full time as a nurse at a Neurosurgery Clinic in Belem. Higor is completing his final year of Medical School. Both Higor and Christina are key workers at our monthly medical clinics on the Guamá River.


Deborah Toth (far left) graduated from Nursing School in March 2018 and is working for Hope Ministries as a Registered Nurse. Deborah is responsible for Medical Clinics that take place each month in River communities and oversees volunteer medical staff and personal that work at our clinics. She is also maintains our patient database and pharmaceutical inventory.

Philip Daniel (far right) is completing his third year of Nursing School in Castanhal. He is also our youth group leader and leads our worship team in the Castanhal church. Philip has recently become one of our key Bible teachers.

Havilah graduated highschool in November of 2018 and took a college entrance exam in the same month. We are so excited that Havilah received a scholarship in January of this year to study Social Work at a University in Castanhal. Havilah feels that God is calling her to work with those in need, especially, in the River Communities of Pará. Havilah is being trained to work part-time as an office assistant for Hope Ministries.

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