Pray for Langham Scholar João Paulo Aquino
A professor at Andrew Jumper Graduate School of Theology at Mackenzie University, one of Brazil’s oldest and most prestigious schools, João is currently pursuing a PhD in New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA). His research deals with the portrayal of economics and politics in Luke’s Gospel, with special attention to Evangelical liberation theology. João and his wife Juliana have three children: João Paulo, Jr. (14), Maria (12), and Gabriel (9).
One of the richest countries of the world, Brazil suffers constantly from economic, political, and deep social crisis. Our biggest problem as a country is corruption, which is widespread in many areas and institutions. Thus, despite having one of the highest tax rates in the world, Brazil also suffers from severe social inequality, lack of education, unemployment, and other structural social problems.
Deepening biblical knowledge
While 87% of Brazilians call themselves Christian (about 65% Catholic), most are nominal believers and biblically unlearned. As the government, large multinational corporations, and various artists and cultural icons try to forward an agenda against Judeo-Christian values, some believers are raising their voices and searching for more opportunities to deepen their biblical knowledge.
Pray that the Word of God would be more valued among Christians, and that we can be salt and light in our society. Pray also for the political and economic situation, which increases suffering especially among the poorest. Please also pray for the upcoming presidential election in October.
Country Spotlight: Brazil
Brazil, the largest and most populous country in Latin America, is known for its lush Amazon rainforests, colorful Carnival festivals, and towering Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Over the next 30 years, the Portuguese-speaking country will emerge as one of the world’s strongest economies. Recent scandals, however, have led to a recession and severe political tensions. Of Brazil’s 208 million people, 65% are Catholic, 22% Protestant, and 8% irreligious.
Find out more about the Langham Scholars‘ programme.Tags: Brazil, Langham Scholars, South America