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- Stats for Brazil
Brazil has a saying: “For friends everything, for strangers nothing, for enemies, the law.”
Top 25 Stats
Total Population-203.7 M (5th); Total Christians 178.6 M (2nd); Total Evangelicals - 51.3 M (3rd); Percent of Country Who Are Christians- 87.70% (22nd); Percent of Country Who Are Evangelicals- 25.19% (11th); Total Gospel Visits- 10.9 M (6th); Total Gospel Decisions- 802,000 (11th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
European groups (50.2%); Mixed race (38%); African (6.4%); Arab (4%); Amerindian (0.4%).
Brazil’s economy sank into the deepest recession in recent history last year. Before that had been considered one of the growing developing-nation economies.
History / Politics
A federal republic with a multiparty democracy since 1985 after decades of military rule. Corruption still needs to be lessened, and drug use is second in the world to the U.S. Firearm deaths are the highest in the world, and many street children need help. The large cities have a lot of crime in the slums; About 600,000 girls are in prostitution. Many Japanese and Chinese immigrants live here and need evangelism and discipleship. President Dilma Rousseff may be impeached in 2016 for corruption.
Evangelicals grew from 2 million in 1960 to more than 50 million in 2010. Brazil has one of the strongest spiritual and evangelistic populations in the world. The Catholic church needs renewal, since many do not practice their faith at all. The evangelical church is large, but often immature and not discipled well. Prosperity gospel and other errors lead Christians astray, and pastors need better training. Brazil has become a major missionary-sending country in the last 40 years. Many remote indigenous people are having the Bible translated into their heart language.
Pray for an end to corruption, and improvement in services to the poor and street children. Praise the Lord for the growth of Evangelicals and pray that growth will continue to be strong.