Tens of thousands of evangelical & catholic Christians took part in Brazil’s “March for Jesus,” an annual event that unites faithful believers from hundreds of Protestant churches in a country that is largely Roman Catholic.
The Reborn in Christ Church that has organized the march for the past 24 years says it expects more people than last year, when police said close to 350,000 people participated.
Organizers of the event have described the event as the “largest Christian event in the world.” The large crowd gathered behind 10 sound trucks and marched nearly 3 miles (5 kilometers) to a downtown square to attend religious music shows that are expected to last well into the night.
Evangelical Christians in Brazil are an increasingly powerful force today in the political sphere, according to the Post. With many pastors working in remote areas and in slums, they have an influence that the mainstream government does not.
The new Brazilian president, Michel Temer, is a Christian who has actively sought out evangelical support. He has made a video appealing for evangelicals to pray for him. All the more, the event was live streamed on the Brazilian Gospel channel ‘Rede Gospel’.
Please watch the video here.