Reinhard Hirtler was born in Austria and grew up as one of 10 children in the home of a pastor in a charismatic denomination. He went to a Bible School in the south of England.
Debi Hirtler grew up in Los Angeles, California in very poor circumstances. She joined the United States Air Force which eventually led her to England where she also went to the same Bible School as Reinhard.
They got married and started working on church planting in Austria. Eighteen years and 7 church plants later they heard God tell them to move with their two sons to North Carolina, in the United States. They were a part of Morningstar Ministries for about 8 years where Reinhard was ordained as a minister and Debi was church secretary for nearly two of those years.
In 2013 they heard the Lord tell them to move to Brazil to be a part of what the Lord was doing in that country with a particular network of churches called Videira, which means the Vine. They moved near the center of Brazil in March 2014. Reinhard travels to as many of the over 1000 churches ministering every week. Debi travels with him sometimes. Both of them are able to communicate in Portuguese now.
We are working with pastors from a Videira church who are living in São Luís. They are accountable to us for every penny they spend for the Brazilian Kids Kare program. They provide us with receipts of all money spent in detail. They have opened a special and separate bank account and founded a non-profit organization for the sole purpose of the work we are doing together.
We are also involved with pastors in Natal who have also opened a separate bank account and also founded a non-profit organization for the purpose of our working together.
Everyone together is accountable to the Videira presbytery for all finances in our care. There are very strict guidelines in Videira about finances and everyone is very careful to keep those guidelines. If, for any reason, someone would not or does not keep them, they are called before the main presbytery and held accountable and must make retribution for anything they may have done wrong, whether intentionally or unintentionally.