Alliance missionaries entered Brazil, the largest Catholic nation in the world, in 1962. Organized in 1978 with 250 baptized members in three churches, the Brazilian Christian and Missionary Alliance today is comprised of 23 organized churches with 3,000 baptized members. SEMIBA, a Bible college in São Paulo, has extensions in the cities of Porto Alegre and São Jose. The past 25 years have seen solid churches established, a seminary built up, and Brazilian missionaries sent out and supported by the national church.
In addition, Alliance missionaries have been reaching Brazil’s hard-to-reach upper classes through unconventional means, including evangelistic fashion seminars, breakfast meetings on integrity in the workplace, and parenting seminars. Children’s outreaches, featuring games and puppets, have also opened doors to evangelistic opportunities.
The Brazilian Christian and Missionary Alliance: 23 organized churches and congregations, 18 ordained ministers and 20 other credentialed workers, a membership of approximately 3,000 baptized believers, 4 missionary couples and one single working in Russia, India, Japan and the Brazilian Amazon Basin among indigenous tribes.
- Plant a church in an upper middle class residential area approximately 40 miles outside of the city of São Paulo called Alphaville. Mike and Ruth Davis moved there in July, 2008, and have already started a Bible study and monthly meetings.
- Help plant a church in Taboão, an area of the city of São Paulo. Doug and Helen White will be working with a Brazilian pastor and his wife in the effort to see this church planted.
- Plant a church in Caxias do Sul, a city of 450,000 in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Jim and Ann Hemminger and Jeff and Jo Kiel are working in this project.
- Plant a church in the Petrópolis neighborhood of Porto Alegre, a city of 1,500,000 in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Steve and Diane Renicks, Sanford and Wendie Hashimoto, Brenda Kurtz and Charlotte Hisle are working in this church plant.
- When praying for these church plants, pray for ways to connect with the spiritually hungry, protection from discouragement, conversions, solid growth in the discipleship of new converts, and discernment in knowing the right time to rent a place of worship.
The Alliance at Work in Brazil
Len and Diane Warden reflect on 28 years of church planting in Brazil.read more
We left, not realizing that we had been observed—but Carol remembered our faces.read more
They said they loved the service but were Catholics and would not be back.read more
The people here are at fever pitch with excitement.read more
When Wilson visited a church youth group 15 years ago, we never imagined he would become a national pastor.read more
- Infant mortality rate—29.6/1,000
- Life expectancy—71.7
- Capital City
- Brasília (2,160,100) pop.
- Slightly smaller than the United States, Brazil (3,286,470 sq. mi.) covers nearly half of South America and borders every nation on the continent except Chile and Ecuador. The Brazilian Highlands are in the south, and the Amazon River Basin is in the north.
- Portuguese (official)
- White (includes Portuguese, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish)—55%
- mixed White and Black—38%
- other (includes Japanese, Arab, Amerindian)—1%
- Per capita income—$8,100
- Literacy rate—80% (2003 est.)
- Government/Political Climate
- Federative republic; achieved independence from Portugal in 1822. In 1985 the military regime peacefully ceded power to civilian rulers.
- Roman Catholic—80%
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