Reaching Brazil

More than 205 million people live in Brazil , making it the most populated country in South America, and the fifth largest country in the world. Geographically, the country of Brazil is only slightly smaller than the United States.  Unlike most of South America , the official language of Brazil is Portuguese – the language we use everyday in our ministry.

Our City

We work in the city of São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, and the world’s seventh largest city by population.  São Paulo is the capital of the state of São Paulo, which is the most populous Brazilian state.

The majority of Brazilians (73%) consider themselves to be Roman Catholic. In fact, Brazil has the largest Catholic population in the world, although many rarely attend services. Another 16% are Protestants. In spite of those traditional roots, Spiritualism and Voodoo are powerful influences that affect many areas of Brazilian life and culture. Over the past several years the Pentecostal church and other similar movements have seen explosive growth in Brazil.  In the past, when most people would say, “You’re a believer, and I’m a catholic,” there was a distinction made between the two.  With the rapid growth of Pentecostal churches springing up in almost every neighborhood, the biggest obstacle that we have is getting people to realize they are lost.  They now say, “Oh, I’m a believer, too.”  They think that because they speak in “tongues”, have been “baptized in the Spirit” or have “revelations”, they believe that they are saved.  Another obstacle we encounter is getting people that have made a salvation decision to come to church, since Brazilians traditionally rarely attend church services.

Pray for us!

Pray for Brazil.  Pray for the city of São Paulo.  Better yet, come and see for yourself the great spiritual need in our city.  Pray that God will use us here, and that He will send more laborers into this needy harvest field.

2 thoughts on “Reaching Brazil

  • March 2, 2018 at 1:08 am
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    Hello Pastor Bennett,
    I am a youth Pastor at a IFB church in Ohio. I met a man from Sao Paulo on vacation. He gave a pretty clear testimony and said he goes to a “first baptist church” that is quite large – pib penha it said? Sorry I don’t speak Portuguese!
    I was wondering if it was a good church? Is itSouthern baptist? They seem to be preaching the gospel.

    Do you have a church in São Paulo? How is it going?

    Thanks for your time! May God bless you as you serve Him in Brazil.

    Jason

  • October 26, 2018 at 7:59 pm
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    Brother Jason,
    Please forgive me for not responding sooner.
    I have had a great deal of problems with our website, and honestly, I just now saw your message.
    The church you mentioned is a large SBC church, preaches the Gospel, but very contemporary.
    We have a church in São Paulo that has a main emphasis in reaching the Deaf population.
    We do have a few hearing people, but the majority are hearing impaired.
    Our church just started a new church last week in another city an hour away.
    I just asked my oldest son today to try and resolve my website problems, so hopefully it will be up and running normally soon.
    Thanks for the contact, and again, my apologies for not seeing your message sooner.
    God bless,
    Dan Bennett

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