• The missiological challenges of Brazil


Despite having 22.2% of evangelicals, Brazil has missiological challenges similar to those of unreached peoples.

 

The main ones are:

 

Riverside people – that more than 30 thousand riverside communities along the Amazon River and its tributaries; at least in ten thousand of them there is no evangelical presence.

 

Sertanejos – about 12 million Brazilians live in rural areas of small cities in the Northeast, with rates of evangelical presence of less than 5%. There are at least 6,000 communities without any Christian denomination.

 

Indigenous people – there are about 100 ethnicities totally unreached by the Gospel.

 

Deaf people – they are 9 millions Brazilians; in the poorest regions, the deaf do not know how to read, they do not know LIBRAS (Brazilian Sign Language), and the language barrier is a great challenge to share the Gospel and to form churches composed only by deaf people.

 

These 3 contexts represent more than 10% of the Brazilian population. Other missiological challenges are the quilombolas (remaining communities of black people who came as slaves, existing for more than 200 years ago) and gypsies (they are almost one million people).

 

The main strategy developed to overcome these challenges is the multiplication of disciples and leaders, in order to enable the formation of autochthonous and self-sustaining churches. This is done through the Missionary Formation Program, where called people or volunteers serve as Radicals for up to 2 years, with the possibility of a complete formation in 4 years and continuity of the missionary´s call. During the time of the missionary formation, Radicals or Missionaries in formation assist in the planting of native churches, under the supervision of a Base Leader, who is pastor of a Church on that Base.