If you were to visit one of South America’s most prosperous cities, Porto Alegre in the state of Rio Grande de Sol, Brasil, you would be suprised at what you would find. You wouldn’t expect to see thousands of animal sacrifices on the streets every day and street workers trained specifically on how to deal with these “sacred” acts. The secularization would be familar to the modern american, but not the panorama of shops dedicated to peddling voodo like witchcraft. It is indeed a city of deep darkness! Proverbs 4:19 says, “The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.” Despite the lostness of this city, there is a team of IMB missionaries faithfully working in this city to shine the light of Christ. Team Gaucho has dedicated the month September as the month of prayer for the urban gaucho’s of Porto Alegre. 

You might think that this so far removed from you that you can’t really make a difference, but on the authority of the word of Christ, I will assure you can! I want to challenge you that if you read this post to watch this video and pause to pray on behalf of Porto Alegre and Team Gaucho. The following also is a word about the IMB’s 2008 Focus Region, which is South America.

“Many of us think South America has been reached with the Gospel. But this continent holds some of the remotest, darkest places on earth, with no way for the light of the Gospel to penetrate. And many who do hear are shrouded by animism, superstition and spiritual blindness that negates the Gospel’s witness. This unthinkable tragedy exists as near to us as a three-hour plane flight!

The unreached of South America are desperate for our fervent prayers, generous hearts and going feet to unlock their spiritual prisons. Are you willing to take God’s message to them? To pray away the barriers? To generously support fellow Southern Baptists investing their lives there?

Go to samregion.org to find out how you can make a difference in South America. Find country and people group information, volunteer and personnel requests, prayer requests, products, photos, video and more!”

(HT: IMB)

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