Brazil is a vibrant, culturally diverse and socially unequal nation of 200.4 million (2013). Although a majority of Brazilians were brought up as Roman Catholics, in recent years, there has been an impressive growth in evangelical Christianity, particularly amongst young people. Nevertheless, biblical and Christ-centred teaching is still scarce, and universities are difficult places for young people of faith.
There are 2377 institutions of higher education. The Brazilian Christian Unions – Alianza Biblica Universitaria Vbrasileira (ABUB) – is active through 127 affiliated groups, each with an estimated 3 to 6 core Bible study groups per city. ABUB has grown in the last seven years, from three regional and three national workers to 17 staff today. There has been a significant increase in the number of cities with ABUB groups.
Reinaldo Percinoto Jr., the General Secretary of ABUB, is grateful to God for the training space in ABUB that is centred on Scriptures. This grounding will be vital as university graduates become part of the Brazilian evangelical church leadership in future years.
Source: IFES; ABUB
Bible Study: Matthew 4:1-4
PRAISE God for the growth of this vital ministry preparing future leaders for the vibrant church.