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Ministering To Brazil's Drug Addicts
After midnight, hundreds of grime-covered addicts lie on the sidewalks of the Jacarezinho slum. They focus on little more than the next fix, on finding a lighter to put flame to pipe.
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In this April 11, 2014 photo, Pastor Celio Ricardo, center, prays with members of the God's Love rehabilitation center before distributing food to drug addicts at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pastor Ricardo, who leads the team of street preachers, has had hit-and-miss success in persuading some users to at least try quitting. He offers them a roof in a makeshift shelter in a nearby neighborhood, a simple structure next to his humble Love of God evangelical church. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this April 12, 2014 photo, a former drug user and trafficker, member of the God's Love rehabilitation center, reads his notes before going with members of the church to an area known as 'crackland' at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After midnight grime-covered addicts lie on the sidewalks of the Jacarezinho slum. Theyre focused on little more than the next fix, on finding a lighter to put flame to pipe. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this April 11, 2014 photo, drug addicts eat food distributed by members of the God's Love rehabilitation center at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team of street preachers, has had hit-and-miss success in persuading some users to at least try quitting. They talk of God to those who will listen, hoping to find converts, to rescue souls from the crack epidemic thats swept Brazil in recent years. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this April 12, 2014 photo, former drug user and member of the God's Love rehabilitation center holds the head of a drug addict as he and other former addicts pray for her in an area known as 'crackland' at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They talk of God to those who will listen, hoping to find converts, to rescue souls from the crack epidemic thats swept Brazil in recent years. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this May 9, 2014 photo, former drug user Marcio Junior, 23, right, embraces a dog, as Julio Cesar, 21, exercises at the God's Love rehabilitation center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pastor Celio Ricardo offers them a roof in a makeshift shelter in a nearby neighborhood, a simple structure next to his humble Love of God evangelical church. There, young men sleep side-by-side on plain raw-wood beds. Clean shirts hang from roof beams, meager belongings gathered tidily on battered dressers. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this May 9, 2014 photo, former drug users react during a morning prayer at the God's Love rehabilitation center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pastor Celio Ricardo offers them a roof in a makeshift shelter in a nearby neighborhood, a simple structure next to his humble Love of God evangelical church. On a recent day, 25 young men gathered in a circle outside the shelter, lifting their hands to the sky and shouting, Glory to God! Glory to God! (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this April 11, 2014 photo, a former drug user and member of the God's Love rehabilitation center holds he head of a drug addict as he prays for him at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some of the preachers know the horror scene well. Not long ago, many were crack addicts themselves. But now theyre here to preach the gospel, not pull toxic smoke from a pipe. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this April 12, 2014 photo, Drug addicts line up as they wait their turn to receive food distributed by members of the God's Love rehabilitation center at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The preachers, some of them former drug addicts themselves, talk of God to those who will listen, hoping to find converts, to rescue souls from the crack epidemic thats swept Brazil in recent years. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this May 9, 2014 photo, a drug user shows several rocks of crack in an area known as 'crackland' at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After midnight grime-covered addicts lie on the sidewalks of the Jacarezinho slum. Theyre focused on little more than the next fix, on finding a lighter to put flame to pipe. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this May 9, 2014 photo, former drug users pray at the God's Love rehabilitation center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pastor Celio Ricardo, who leads the team of street preachers, has had hit-and-miss success in persuading some users to at least try quitting. He offers them a roof in a makeshift shelter in a nearby neighborhood, a simple structure next to his humble Love of God evangelical church. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this May 9, 2014 photo, former drug users and members of the God's Love rehabilitation center carry vegetables and fruits they received as donations from a local market in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pastor Celio Ricardo offers them a roof in a makeshift shelter in a nearby neighborhood, a simple structure next to his humble Love of God evangelical church. He relies on donations and handouts from local supermarkets to feed those hes trying to heal. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this May 9, 2014 photo, former drug user Renato Souza, 44, smiles for the camera at the God's Love rehabilitation center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this April 12, 2014 photo, a drug addict rests against a wall in an area known as 'crackland' at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After midnight, grime-covered addicts lie on the sidewalks of the Jacarezinho slum. Theyre focused on little more than the next fix, on finding a lighter to put flame to pipe. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this April 12, 2014 photo, a drug addict lays on the ground in an area known as 'crackland' at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After midnight, hundreds of grime-covered addicts lie on the sidewalks of the Jacarezinho slum. Theyre focused on little more than the next fix, on finding a lighter to put flame to pipe. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this April 12, 2014 photo, a drug addict eats food distributed by members of the God's Love rehabilitation center at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pastor Celio Ricardo, who leads the team of street preachers, has had hit-and-miss success in persuading some users to at least try quitting. The center offers them a roof in a makeshift shelter in a nearby neighborhood, a simple structure next to the humble Love of God evangelical church. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this April 12, 2014 photo, a man prepares his pipe to smoke crack in an area known as 'crackland' at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After midnight, hundreds of grime-covered addicts lie on the sidewalks of the Jacarezinho slum. Theyre focused on little more than the next fix, on finding a lighter to put flame to pipe. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this May 9, 2014 photo, drug users gather at an area known as 'crackland' at the "pacified" Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After midnight, hundreds of grime-covered addicts lie on the sidewalks of the Jacarezinho slum. Theyre focused on little more than the next fix, on finding a lighter to put flame to pipe. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this May 9, 2014 photo, former drug user Vagner Luis, 34, irons his shirt on his bed at the God's Love rehabilitation center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pastor Celio Ricardo offers them a roof in a makeshift shelter in a nearby neighborhood, a simple structure next to his humble Love of God evangelical church. There, young men sleep side-by-side on plain raw-wood beds. Clean shirts hang from roof beams, meager belongings gathered tidily on battered dressers. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Ministering To Brazil's Drug Addicts

After midnight, hundreds of grime-covered addicts lie on the sidewalks of the Jacarezinho slum. They focus on little more than the next fix, on finding a lighter to put flame to pipe.

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