History of Hope Ministries
Hope Ministries was started by Scott and Michelle Toth and their children. Scott and Michelle originally were sent to Brazil in 1990 as missionaries under the Apostolic Christian Church Missionary committee. In 2008, Scott and Michelle founded Hope Ministries in Castanhal, Brazil. Pastors David and Martha Cochran and Fields of Harvest Church in Texas were foundational in the forming of Hope Minsitries through their encouragement, support, and yearly ministry teams over the past 30 years. Hope Ministries operates as a non profit organization under Fields of Harvest Church in Baytown, Texas. Hope Ministries is also an affiliate ministry of the Apostolic Christian Church Foundation.
Hope Ministries Staff and Volunteers
Scott and Michelle Toth: Founders and Directors of Hope Ministries
Scott and Michelle have been working as church planters in the Amazon basin since 1990. 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. Three 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.
Marcos and Rachel (Toth) Nogueira: Full Time Staff
Marcos is working full time as an administrative and financial assistant for Hope Ministries. Rachel works as Project Director for Hope Ministries and oversees the Evelyn’s House Project, a home for at risk children which we will be opening in the near future. Their son David (3) loves interacting with all who arrive at the Hope Ministries mission.
Marçal and Rebekah (Toth) Benathar: Full Time Staff
Marçal and Rebekah are full time mission pastors at the Castanhal and Bujaru churches. Marçal is also a licensed crew for the Medical Boat. He is very handy in many areas and helps do mechanical and electric maintenance for the ministry and Medical Boat. Their sons are Jonathan (8) and Benjamin (6).
Bethany Toth: Volunteer
Bethany is studying to take an entrance exam for Medical School in January of 2021. She is currently living in Belém. Bethany volunteers at our local medical clinics and medical boat trips.
Higor and Christina (Toth) Henriques: Volunteers
Christina graduated from Nursing School in 2017 and worked as a full time representative for neurovascular surgeons at a Neurosurgery Clinic in Belem for the past three years. Higor graduated Medical School in 2018. He is currently working full-time as a doctor in Belém and Castanhal. Both Christina and Higor volunteer at our monthly medical clinics. Christian (9) enjoys visiting his cousins in Castanhal.
Philip Daniel Toth: Part Time Staff
Philip is completing his final year of Nursing School in Castanhal. He is our youth group leader and leads our worship team in the Castanhal church. Philip has recently become one of our key Bible teachers. He is being trained to eventually help lead and administrate Hope Ministry’s work in Brazil.
Deborah Toth: Full Time Staff
Deborah serves as director of the Medical Boat Ministry. As Deborah is a registered nurse, she leads our medical office and medical clinics. She coordinates all medical and dental teams both here in Brazil and teams from the US. Deborah spends three days a week living in Bujaru and helping with evangelism, church planting and counseling woman in the church there. She also helps with the youth group at our church in Castanhal and mentors young girls in our church.
Havilah: Part Time Staff
Havilah started college in 2019 and originally was studying Social Work. In the middle of the year however, Havilah felt that God was calling her to switch to a Law Degree. She is currently studying Law at a university in Castanhal. She feels that God is calling her to work with those in need, especially, in the River Communities of Pará. Havilah is also being trained to work part-time as a financial assistant for Hope Ministries.
Victor and Elsie Schlatter: Staff
Victor and Elsie have served as missionaries under the Apostolic Christian Church since answering God’s call to move to the mission field of Papua New Guinea in 1961. They lived in the remote PNG highlands with their four small children and worked 16 years translating the New Testament into the Angal Heneng Language. After establishing a strong network of local churches in their area of PNG, Elsie moved to Australia for 6 years where she studied nursing and midwifry. During this time, Victor lived part time in Australia and part time in PNG. Upon graduation in 1984, Elsie returned to PNG with Victor to work as a nurse and midwife in a Health Center near their home, while Victor continued planting churches and raising up national pastors and church leaders.
In 1990, Vic and Elsie moved permanently to Australia and founded the South Pacific Island Ministries: http://www.spim.org.au/. Over the following 27 years, Victor served as the South Pacific ambassador of the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem, encouraging awareness and support for Israel among the Pacific Island Nations. Vic and Elsie traveled for speaking engagements in over 50 countries and Victor wrote six books.
In May of 2019, as it became necessary to be closer to family, Vic and Elsie moved to Castanhal to be with their daughter, Michelle, and her family. They continue to be involved in missionary work in Castanhal and financially support many of Hope Ministries projects. They also stand strongly as indispensable prayer warriors for Hope Ministries. Victor and Elsie continue as much loved members of the Apostolic Christian Church.