|Population 201,010,000||Unreached People Groups 29|
|Catholic 73%||Evangelical 26%|
The Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest nation in Latin America and the fifth-largest nation in the world, both in geographic area and in population. Found within its vast landscape are some of the world's most biologically diverse environments, including the Amazon Rainforest and Cerrado savannas. The numerous natural resources have been the driving force in the development of the Brazilian economy, which has risen to become the largest in Latin America. However, widespread corruption from the local to the federal levels and a wide gap between the rich and the poor continue to be major problems in Brazil.
When the Portuguese colonized Brazil in the 16th century, they brought Roman Catholicism with them. As Catholicism blended with the ethnic religions of the indigenous peoples and the African traditions carried over with slavery, it produced a syncretistic faith that continues to define Catholicism in Brazil today. Spiritism is rampant in Brazil and permeates much of the Catholic practice; it has even carried over into the practice of many groups professing to be "Christian." While the number of professing Evangelical Christians is growing quickly, the increasing number of churches teaching the false gospel of worldly prosperity and using deceptive rapid-growth techniques have been a major obstacle to the proclamation of the true gospel.
Sources: Wikipedia and Joshua Project
Evangelist / Teacher - Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
After several years in Peru serving in the local church in Barranco as a teacher and evangelist, Igor has now moved back to his home country, Brazil, to continue his theological studies at the Martin Bucer Seminary, while simultaneously serving the local church in Sao Jose dos Campos... read more