But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. ~2 Corinthians 4:7
Arlen was born in Canada and I (Cynthia) was born in Brazil. Arlen’s childhood memories include things like hockey, snow, and skiing. My childhood memories include things like pet monkeys, camping by waterfalls and playing barefoot in the rain. Even through we grew up thousands of miles apart, we grew up in families who taught us the Word of God and we both accepted Jesus as our Savior at a young age. Arlen and I met each other and fell in love while studying at NTBI and got married in 2005. We have four precious little treasures: Nina (6) Dorian (5) Karis (2) and Joshua (born January 21st 2013)
Because we’re two young adults with four small kids, our interests range from legos, teddy bears and coloring books to intelectual conversations about effective cross cultrual world evangelism!
Loooove to travel, wrestle with the kids, play guitar and sing with friends, walks on the beach, body boarding, reading old missionary biographies together,hiking, riding the motorcycle together, camping, Turbo Cranium!, hide and go seek during thunderstorms
Nothing in the universe can compare with the intense fulfillment of knowing God and His deep love. All of our interests, hobbies, or pastimes would be empty without His presence. We consider it our greatest privilege and honor to live our lives to share the Redemption Story with the nations
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Cynthia’s Nationality: Brazilian / American
Arlen’s Nationality: Canadian / American
Location: Natal, Brazil
Tel: +55 (84) 9990-2335
Arlen is the spiritual leader and one of the founding members of Light in Action. A graduate from NTBI, and a licensed pilot, now works as the Director on the film sets, in addition to being the Line Producer. He together with his wife Cynthia, wrote the script and performed the on-screen presentation of the Tetetestai project. He lives as a missionary with his family near Natal, Brazil. + More
Cynthia, a founding member of Light in Action, works in script writing and is also the Production Manager. She graduated from NTBI, and together with her husband Arlen acts as the on-screen presenter of the Tetetestai project. She lives with her family as a missionary near Natal, Brazil.
Joel was born in the USA but grew up in West Africa (Liberia and Ivory Coast). Stef (Cynthia Isaak’s twin sister!) was born and raised in Brazil. Some of Joel’s childhood memories include fishing with village friends, bike riding, camping on top of a high mountain, and playing soccer on red dirt and gravel. Stef’s favorite memories include playing
soccer in the rain, going exploring in a valley, riding bikes through giant mud puddles, wrestling with her younger brother, climbing mango trees and eating them till she was sick. Exposed early on to the great needs in our world, both saw first-hand the great changes God’s Word brought to the people of those countries. Both Joel and Stef had the privilege of growing up in homes where their parents loved and served God and both accepted Christ as their personal Savior as children. They met while studying at New Tribes Bible Institute, fell in love, and got married in 2005. Both came to Brazil in 2006 and helped form Light in Action, with the goal of explaining Jesus to the nations through video productions. Joel and Stef have two beautiful kids: Sarina (5) and Caleb (3).
Joel’s main responsibility is as Art Director. He coordinates all aspects of creating a physical world to go along with the script, from prop design & production, to costumes, and set design. On-set he is our main camera operator and steadicam operator. In post-production Joel is responsible for digital effects and composition (tying together real footage and computer-generated elements).
Stef’s primary role is as Costume Designer. She is responsible for researching, designing, and producing all costumes. She is also our Makeup Artist, specializing in special effects makeup (burns, wounds, etc…)
Christian apologetics, film-making (cinematography, prop-making, special effects makeup, costuming, etc), building, cooking, soccer, and coffee.
Stargazing and watching the sunset on the roof of our first century Jewish-style rock house (it’s a modern home inside!), playing with our kids, preferably on the beach (it’s only half an hour from where we live!), recycling trash into treasures, building our home together, reading books out loud to our kids and each other.
Knowing Jesus, and making Him known.
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Stef’s Nationality: Brazilian / American
Joel’s Nationality: American Blood / African Heart
Location: Natal, Brazil
Tel: +55 (84) 9921-4572
Joel is responsible for the artistic design, including props, sets and all other physical items that appear on-screen. He also works as Digital Effects Director and Camera Operator. A Graduate of NTBI, he now lives with his wife Stefanie and two children as a missionary near Natal, Brazil. + More
Stefanie is responsible for the costumes from conception to reality. She is also our Makeup Artist and works along with her husband Joel in the Art Department at the Light in Action Production site near Natal, Brazil. Stefanie graduated from the NTBI.
I was born in Brazil to Canadian parents working as missionaries in Goias. In 2001 my family moved to Nova Scotia, Canada where I finished high school. After high school I made the decision to go to Bible school. I attended Word of Life Bible Institute in Ontario, Canada, and during my time spent there immersed in the Word, God changed my life. It was there I humbled in obedience to His call, and I made the decision to follow Him and do all I could to get the message of His Son, Jesus Christ, known and understood by the world. After attending school there, I served on staff for two years, then spent a year in Alberta working in web and photography as I prepared for going to Brazil. Now I have the privilege to work with the team here at Light in Action to help produce relevant, accurate bible teaching materials! My heart is to see every tribe & tongue have access to the Truth of Gods Word! I am engaged to my beautiful best friend Aryanne Barros!
I work in the photography departnent, designing how the shot will look visually, and figuring out the technical details of lighting and composition to attempt to make it look good! In post-production I work in editing. I also do graphic design, web development, and IT
Photography, Guitar, Geography, Linguistics, Theology, The Bible, coffee, Music (acoustic, jazz, folk, rock)
Futsal, playing guitar, urban/rural exploring/hiking/camping, drinking coffee
Seeing lives changed by Christ, studying/teaching the Bible (with coffee), worshiping God through music.
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Nationality: Brazilian, Canadian
Location: Natal, Brazil
Tel: +55 (84) 9650-4687
In addition to taking care of the photography department, Jonathan overseas the IT, web, and graphic design at Light in Action. He studied photography through the New York Institute of Photography and completed his biblical studies at Word of Life Bible Institute. He now lives as a missionary in partnership with NTM (Canada) in Natal, Brazil and is engaged to Aryanne. + More
I was born in the southernmost state of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, where it has very cold winters. There were benefits to living there, like eating bergamots in the sun after lunch, or swimming at the club pool to cool off during the hot summers. When I was 20 years old I started to study the Bible with a group of missionaries, and during the first class I was shocked that I was able to study and understand a book that had seemed so complex and intimidating. I came to Natal in 2009 to join Light in Action, and I love being part of this project, which I believe will transform many people’s lives, in the same way the Bible has changed mine!
I work in the direction department and am responsible for finding actors to fulfill casting requirements, and contacting them. I also work in the art department as a seamstress and on-set I work doing makeup!
Bible studies, crafts, sewing, languages, cooking, pharmaceutics, gardening, books, chocolate, coffee, ice cream, cupuaçu, açai, tapioca, movies, brazilian barbecue.
Studying the Bible, crafts, recycling trash in crafts
Teaching people in churches how to reach others with Tetelestai.
To help support Ana Cassia you can give online.
Location: Natal, Brazil
Tel: +55 (84) 9947-9068
Leaving her career as a pharmacist, Ana now works full time with Light in Action as the Casting Director and Production Assistent near Natal, Brazil. She also works as a seamstress in the costume department. Ana’s hearts desire is to serve God in any way possible. She is well-known in her local community through social outreaches to at-risk kids and works teaching art and the bible to local women. + More
I help photographing the behind the scenes on the shooting days, and am also a camera production assistent, learning the ins and out of the photography department and helping where needed.
Vitor works as a part-time member working as a Camera Production Assistent. He is also working on earning his pilots license and desires to serve God in the future as a full-time missionary.
I was born and raised in Natal/RN, by a Christian family, however only in 2005 was I attracted by the irresistable grace of the Lord. From 2007 to 2009 I was part of a missionary group at the Federal Universtiy of Rio Grande do Norte called Alfa e Omega, and this was very important of my understanding of a missionary life. In 2010 I got to know Light in Action and was amazed by the vision and I became a partner to help in any way I could. In 2012 after leaving my secular job, I became part of the team helping with the gifts God has given me.
Bible, Christian books & blogs, travelling, good sermons, quality time with friends.
I design and produce jewelry as part of my income; I love serving the local church.
Study and speak the Word of God, and seeing people being transformed by it.
Jaque works as a Production Assistent, overseeing the technical and practical details of how to feed the film team & actors, where people will stay, and how to accomplish what needs to be done in support to shoot the film. She is completing her degree in Administration at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and desires to work in missions full time. + More
Extreme Sports, The Bible, Coffee, Music (worship, hip hop, rock)
Nursing, First-Responder, Playing Guitar, hiking trails, climbing, drinking coffee with Jonathan Enns
Praising God with all my life and everything that God has given me, and giving of myself so that people can come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and be transformed and have a relationship with Him.
Mikael, a part-time member, is our on-location paramedic and safety supervisor. He also works as a Grip, and in the Art Department as a Set Dresser. + More