Brazil is the largest and most populous country in South America and home to the largest city in the southern hemisphere, São Paulo, with about 21 million residents in its metropolitan area. It’s a beautiful country with vibrant culture.
Unfortunately, Brazil’s beautiful land and culture are not unaffected by what the U.S. Department of State’s 2022 report calls “Significant human rights issues.” Amnesty International’s 2022 report cites issues rooted in racism, unlawful killings, politically motivated violence, and even deaths and threats of human rights leaders that go overlooked.
It is in this context that Haggai leader Bruna Coelho Carvalho stepped in as the secretary of the Human Rights Committee of the State of Goiás in Brazil where she handles various legislative matters. Goias is home to 6.5 million as well as landmarks significant to Brazil’s history, including colonization.
Bruna has a degree in biomedical sciences, a specialization in management of public policies, and a master’s degree in tropical medicine and public health, focused on immunology.
“Taking over the role of secretary of the Human Rights Committee of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Goiás was an honor and a great opportunity to serve my neighbors and fight for their dignity. I have also become the president of the Audit Committee of the Supplementary Social Security funds for the State of Goiás.”
In her significant role as a civil servant, Bruna is a committed follower of Jesus who knows she is fulfilling the Great Commission as an instrument in His hands. Bruna seeks to share the Gospel with her colleagues at work at every opportunity God gives her. She attended the Virtual Haggai Leader Experience in July 2022 where she learned she was capable of reaching more people than she realized was possible. She said she already understood the purpose and significance of sharing the Gospel, yet struggled to follow up in conversations with people. Now, her calling was ignited to reach her sphere of influence with the light of Christ.
“I don’t need to go far —the people around me need to know God. Haggai opened my eyes to the outreach I can do, showed me the right way to share the Gospel, and gave me tools to use. Recognizing my vision, my mission, my goals and putting together an action plan makes all the difference for me to be at the center of God’s will, knowing where I’m going, what I’m doing, and if I’m getting results.”
She is focused on equipping others with the tools she gained at the VHLE and has a goal to equip at least 700 people by 2024, with the expectation of God to help her equip more as she knows that He “does infinitely more than we think or imagine.”
In this spirit, she serves in the children’s ministry at her church and is involved with their women’s group, further serving with administration help as well. With her husband, she participates in a small group whose objective is to share the Word of God with non-Christians. And they take care of a local family of seven, helping meet their needs, be it physical, social, emotional, or spiritual. In these ways, Bruna is both using her wide influence in the public sphere while meeting the needs of her community around her.