When you think about Brazil what comes to your mind? Maybe, it is native Indians in the Amazon and the millions of acres of plush rain forest? Maybe, it is the heart wrenching poverty of it’s cities? Maybe, its soccer!  Maybe, it would be the pristine coastline and the beautiful beaches!

These and many others may be what you would think of, but a gripping materialism in many of the major cities would most likely not be one of them. When I talk to many people about my experiences in Brazil, I often have to remind them that although it is a poor country in many respects, it also has all the modern conveniences we do. Now, they may be fewer and harder to get, but they are definitely there.

For instance, Sao Paolo is the 3rd largest city in the world with a population of 20,000,000 people and is placed as the 19th richest city in the world. This may be surprising to some, especially those who have ministered in this city and have also seen the devastating poverty coupled with this wealth. Half the city would be classified as poor (10,000,000)! 

In the last two posts, I have been trying bring awareness to ways in which we here in the US can pray for the urban gauchos of Porto Alegre, Brazil. So far, we have prayed for two specific strongholds (False Religion and Pride) to be broken through the power of prayer. Another stronghold that grips the city of Porto Alegre is materialism. I urge you to watch this video and pray on behalf of this city and Team Gaucho  laboring amongst those enslaved by money!