We are currently serving in São Paulo, Brazil. Jon is the assistant pastor at Bible Baptist Church of Moema. We seek growth in the church and a national pastor for the chcurch. We are heavily involved in teaching, preaching and outreach through the deaf and hearing communities here. God is opening doors for us to be able to reach further through the Internet as well, due to the visual emphasis of the deaf.
The Brazilian people are friendly and open to the Gospel. There is much confusion about what that Gospel is though. The Catholic Church has been in place for hundreds of years and has a deep relationship with Spiritism and voodoo practice. There is also a growing evangelical movement that, unfortunately, is frequently closely tied to charismatic practices and health/wealth teachings. Our city, in particular, is rapidly growing with a population of over 24 million and over 210,000 deaf.