Brazil: more than a million march for Jesus in Sao Paulo
The explosive growth of the Church in Brazil was highlighted recently when more than one million believers prayed and worshipped on the streets of Sao Paulo ...
More than one million evangelical Christians in Brazil have taken part in a 'March for Jesus' in Sao Paulo.
The event, organised by the Reborn in Christ Church, was billed as the “largest Christian event in the world”.
Police estimated that the number of people taking part in the march earlier this month was at least one million, but organisers said it was far higher. Some have estimated 1.2 million.
Christians from hundreds of evangelical churches and non-denominational groups travelled to the city from all over the country to take part in the annual march.
According to census results from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics the evangelical population of Brazil stood at 42.3 million in 2010.
It had increased by 16 million people over the ten-year period from 2000 to 2010. Some researchers believe 50% of the country could number evangelical believers by 2020.
The “March for Jesus” has taken place annually since 1993 and is partly a response to the large Gay Pride march that takes place in the city.
Get more inspiring reading
You can order our printed INSPIRE magazine in bundles of 10 for your church. Get encouraged by stories of God at work in the UK and around the world – and it's great for giving away to those on the edge of church, too! Order FREE* for your church (*we welcome an annual donation towards our costs).