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Federal Republic of Brazil

Geography

Land area: 8,511,965 sq km

One-half of the land surface and population of South America. The world’s fifth largest country in both area and population.

Population: 207,353,391      

Capital: Brasilia

Official language: Portuguese

Languages: 193

The Portuguese discovered Brazil by accident when Pedro Alvares Cabral landed on 23 April 1500 on his way to India.

Coffee was first grown in Amazonia in 1727. In the late 18th century it spread across Brazil and from the mid 19th century it boomed.

The ever-shrinking population of indigenous Amerindians, who in 1500 A.D. numbered over 6 million but today number less than 250,000.

Christ the Redeemer looks down with open arms on Brazil, but so many in Brazil need to look to Christ to be redeemed.

Christ the Redeemer looks down with open arms on Brazil, but so many in Brazil need to look to Christ to be redeemed.

Social Inequalities

Of the 200 million people in the nation, 40 million Brazilians live below the poverty line.  While the richest 10% of Brazilians garner nearly half the income of Brazil, the poorest 10% get less than 1%. In Rio de Janeiro, 20-25% of the city’s population lives in slums called favelas.  Within these slums, hundreds of thousands of street children find themselves trapped in drug addiction, prostitution, and violence, and many suffer from AIDS.

Religion in Brazil

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Prayer for China

•The massive and rapid growth has created an enormous need for further access to Bibles and sound Biblical teaching, particularly in the face of pressing moral and ethical situations and questions.

•Over 183,000,000 remain unreached by the Gospel and over 500 million are held captive to the mixed philosophies and teachings of Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Atheism.

Prayer points

•Pray for continued Church growth and pure biblical teaching amid ongoing persecution.

•Pray for Jesus’ teachings to take deep root in the culture and expose all false religions. •Pray for a renewed value for life to abolish abortion, suicide, abandonment, and human trafficking. 

•Pray for Chinese families who cannot attend their church as it has been closed.

•Pray also for teachers in some areas who are being “encouraged” to have no religious affiliation, as a sign of being a good teacher.

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Religion in China

Largest Religion: Non-religious

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Traditional beliefs                91.0
Christians 105,382,315 7.92 2.7
Evangelicals 75,399,270 5.7 2.9

The gruesome persecution that followed the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) only gave the Church greater momentum. 

Christians represent every stratum of society in the state-controlled Protestant church, rural house church networks, and the vibrant urban professional churches.

A vast network of passionate house churches has arisen with astounding growth that can no longer be ignored. Arrests and forced closures are increasing in key areas.

In Zhejiang province, Christians are being forced to sign statements that they “originally did not understand Christianity, but now they have a more comprehensive understanding of religious belief and of their own spiritual needs they have decided from today no longer to attend Christian activities and no longer to believe in Christianity”. This is being enforced by Party officials down to village level.

A document from Leqing City in Zhejiang forces Christian teachers to sign the following: “I resolve not to believe in religion nor to attend any religious activities nor to propagate religion. To strengthen the Marxist view on religion and to strengthen atheistic education and no longer to believe in religion”.

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About China

Geography

Land area: 9,573,000 sq km

The third-largest state in the world, also containing the highest mountains and plateaus in the world. The climate and geography are extremely diverse, ranging from tropical in the south to sub-arctic in the north, from a highly industrialized and modern eastern seaboard to sparsely populated western deserts and mountain ranges. 
Population: 1,379,302,771         Capital: Beijing

Official language: Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese)

Languages: 296

China’s diversity and immensity are astounding! More people live in China than in any other nation.

The Chinese people have suffered greatly from the devastating cruelty of the dominant Communist Party since 1949.

A global market leader and the world’s second largest economy, China’s economic growth has created vast wealth for some.

With only 2.7 million Christians in 1975, China is now home to as many as 75 million believers.

The Economy

China is the world’s largest manufacturing economy and exporter of goods. It is also the world’s fastest-growing consumer market and second-largest importer of goods. China is a net importer of services products. It is the largest trading nation in the world and plays a prominent role in international trade and has increasingly engaged in trade organizations and treaties in recent years.

Unemployment: 3.97%
Per capita income: $10,153


Religion of China

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Prayer Points for Peru

•Pray for a return to peace and stability after decades of corruption, dictatorships, and terror.

• Pray for humble pastors trained in biblical theology who reflect Jesus to a watching culture.

• Pray for Christians to boldly oppose sin and injustice while also ministering to the poor and oppressed.

The business/professional and upper classes are traditionally staunchly Catholic and rather isolated from most existing evangelical witness.

Street children have multiplied in number, especially in certain areas of Lima.

Peru

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Religion of Peru

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 28,154,047 95.45 1.2
Evangelicals 4,186,86 11.6 4.2
Non- 314,145 2.78

A strong evangelical presence in Peru has sparked a Christian renaissance among Quechan and Amerindian peoples through recent Bible translations and the work of Christian missions. 

The needs of the poor and destitute must be at the forefront of the Church’s ministry to practically demonstrate the love of Christ to the lost.

Peru has a strong history of Catholicism, but many Catholics, as well as mountain Quechua and Aymara people, are bound by a syncretistic combination of Christianity and Andean paganism.

Peru needs pastors and teachers rich in solid biblical theology to mentor the next generation of leaders and to help dissipate the superstitions of the tribal people. 

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Geography of Peru

President: Martin Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo

Land area: 1,285,216 sq km

Three main zones: dry coastal plain in the west where most of the cities and industry are located, high Andean plateau which is more agricultural, and Amazon jungle in the east.

Population: 31,036,656

Capital: Lima

Official language: Spanish, Quechua. Spanish-speakers 80.3%. Most Amerindians are Spanish-speaking or bilingual; 16.5% of the total population speak Quechua .  

Languages: 93

Peru is the third largest South American country, encompassing the Andes Mountains and dry coastal plains to the west and the Amazon jungle to the east. Peru boasts a thriving church of four million evangelicals but is also the world’s second largest producer of cocaine. War and poverty have multiplied the number of street children, who are often abused and exploited for labour. The prospect for economic development is great, but political corruption, a flawed tax structure, military spending, and enormous economic disparity keep the nation from progress.

Peru is a country with many climates and geographical zones that make it a very important agricultural nation. Peru ranks fifth worldwide in gold production ( first in Latin America), second in copper, and is among the top five producers. of lead and zinc. Peru is an international leader in fishing, producing nearly 10 percent of the world’s fish catch.

Unemployment: 7.0% Poverty rate: 19.3%

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