Joao Pessoa


Simply the Best Site about João Pessoa

Paraíba Paradise

Sponsored Links

Le Petit Paradis Pousada in Joao Pessoa

Family run Guest House in a quiet residential street and close to local amenities
wwww.pousadajoaopessoa.com.br

Evangelical march in Brazil draws 1.5 million

November 3rd, 2009

evangelical ChristiansMore than 1.5 million evangelical Christians joined Brazil’s annual “March for Jesus” on Monday, an event sponsored by a church whose leaders recently returned after being imprisoned in the U.S. for money smuggling.

Now in its 17th year, the march unites faithful from hundreds of evangelical churches and attracts dozens of Christian bands, preachers and local celebrities.

It is organized by the powerful Reborn in Christ Church, whose leaders said they expected 5 million people to gather around a central Sao Paulo plaza where the main stage was located.

Hundreds of thousands followed Estevam Hernandes Filho and his wife, Sonia Haddad Moraes Hernandes, along the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) route of the march, and still more gathered at the plaza.

Police said more than 1.5 million people turned out by mid-afternoon.

The couple returned to Brazil in August after serving five months in prison, five months under house arrest in Florida and two months of probation for not declaring $56,000 in cash they were carrying on a flight from Sao Paulo to Miami. The money was hidden a child’s backpack and a Bible case, among other bags.

Filho said the theme of this year’s gathering — “March to Topple Giants” — refers to evangelicals’ battle against “discrimination, misunderstanding and mainly the stereotypes” in Brazil.

Brazil is home to more Roman Catholics than any other country but has seen a steady increase in the number of evangelicals in recent decades.

According to the 2000 census, 74 percent of Brazilians identify as Catholics, down from 84 percent in 1990. Fifteen percent classified themselves as evangelical Protestants, up from 9 percent in 1990.

Andrea Pazin, a 33-year-old human resources manger, bundled her two young children and husband into a car and drove 150 miles (240 kilometers) from interior Sao Paulo state for the march.

“It’s one giant party for Jesus,” she said, standing among a noisy throng of revelers.

While this year’s march is a homecoming of sorts for Filho and Hernandes following their stint in prison, Pazin said the parade was a show of force for a higher power.

“We march every year, with or without them. They are important to us — they founded the church,” she said. “But what is happening here is bigger than them. It’s a celebration for Jesus.”

By ANDRE PENNER & Bradley Brooks

http://www.google.com


buy isoptin
buy viagra san francisco
Buy viagra cheaply
best place to buy generic viagra online
buy viagra online discount
viagra from canada
Buy viagra Mesa
buy real viagra online
Cheapest Viagra Online
Buy viagra usa
buy cheap viagra online
redtube viagra
buy viagra now
best place to buy viagra online reviews
buy discount viagra
canadian pharmacy generic viagra
viagra best buy
usa cialis
viagra best buy
buy sale viagra
cheapest viagra
buy viagra with discount