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.
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.