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From Brazil with Love

I don’t know if you’ve been following my tweets, but our team from Growing Leaders just returned from four days in Brazil.

It was four days of food, relationships, hugs and training. We partnered with an organization called the University of Family. They are committed to building healthy families and equipping the next generation to be leaders.

Needless to say—we fit right in.

We are forming a partnership with U of F because we share so many of the same values and vision:

  1. They are focused on the next generation. During our time, we were amazed at the number of young people, youth, students and children attending the conference.
  2. They are committed to healthy relationships. They believe all good training occurs through mentoring relationships. So parents, youth workers, teachers and pastors were present to learn and grow.
  3. They are committed to equipping leaders. The senior generation isn’t grasping at their own leadership, holding on to whatever power they possess. They are freely but wisely passing on authority to the young.
  4. They are determined to bless the emerging generation. The entire time was about passing on the blessing to kids. It was about making sure the children, youth and university students have the tools they need to succeed.

We introduced “Habitudes—Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes.” They have been translated into Portuguese, but many of these leaders had never experienced them before. The people loved them because they are a story-telling culture in Brazil and they love images. It seemed to be a perfect fit.

We spoke to over 2,500 leaders in the conference. We hope to cultivate a continuing relationship with this organization and the great people of Brazil.

Thanks for your support. We continue to be committed to equipping 1% of the world’s population who is under 25 years old.

Won’t you join us?



  1. Mariana Lara on April 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for coming to Brazil! It was great to learn from you and your team!

    • Tim Elmore on April 26, 2011 at 9:03 am

      Thanks for welcoming us so warmly to Brazil! Glad you found our time together helpful.

  2. Renata on April 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    We were really blessed by your visit to Brazil. Can´t wait to start working with your material in our church. Very glad that you are partening with UDF. God bless you and your team.

    • Tim Elmore on April 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Thanks so much for taking time to post! We loved our time in Brazil and look forward to many more visits in the future. Best wishes to you and your church as you work through Habitudes together!

  3. SD on April 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Hey, Tim! Hope you had a safe trip back. How is everyone doing?

    Just writing to say some words of appreciation about your coming to Brazil. Tks for yr willingness to come and for taking part in our conference. I must say people are now really anxious for the nxt steps (meaning, the publishing of Habitudes and Generation iY, youth events and more)!

    Also, could we get the entry above on our website? I have translated it and we would love to share yr view of the event!

    Please, send Holly and Tracey my compliments. Luv them!


    • Tim Elmore on April 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you so much! We had a safe trip home but we are already missing everyone we met in Brazil! We had a great time and really appreciated the warm welcome we received. Thank you for your kind words and taking time to write. Feel free to use the entry above on your website – so glad that it will be shared with others who were at the conference. We look forward to returning to Brazil soon!

  4. Daniela Rezende on May 2, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Olá Tim, espero que responda meu comentário. Estive no Encontro da UDF no Brasil, sou uma líder do GFI e fiquei muito interessada no seu programa, trabalho em escola com jovens e você disse que o material já está publicado em português. Onde consigo o material? Gostaria de começara aplicar na minha escola e quem sabe divulgar na minha cidade, pois tenho contato com muitas escolas e até com a Secretaria de Educação do meu município.
    Daniela Rezende.

    • Tim Elmore on May 3, 2011 at 8:47 am


      Muito obrigado por sua mensagem. Nós adoramos estar com todos vocês no Brasil.

      Nós ainda estamos trabalhando com Jorge e seu filho para obter as matérias Habitudes traduzida em Português, mas esperamos que isso vai acontecer em breve. Acho que gostaria de ouvir diretamente de você que você gostaria de materiais. Você pode enviar e-mail Jorge na jorge.nishimura @



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From Brazil with Love