Volunteers For Christ was formally organized as a Texas 501(c)3 non-profit religious corporation in August 2005. Its history, however, dates back over more than two decades. Brazilian native Lecio Wanderley and some close Christian friends had been seeking a way to minister to the poorest of the poor in northeastern Brazil. They wanted to not only spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they desired to break the cycle of poverty, both spiritual and financial, these families continually found themselves in. After earning his pastoral degree from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Recife and another degree from Fort Worth’s Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Christian Camping, Lecio returned to his hometown of Recife, Brazil to begin his ministry. Following an exploratory mission trip in June of 2003, a small group of believers decided, along with Lecio and Ilma Wanderley, to form Volunteers for Christ.