Bolsonaro wasn’t invited by the event organizer, The Send Brazil, but he showed up at the stadium in Brasilia, the nation’s capital, because he wanted to be there for the historic event, which local news outlets called the “largest Christian simultaneous event in Brazil’s history.”
The leader nicknamed the “Trump of the Tropics” was met with thunderous applause when he declared that he is a believer in Jesus and that Brazil belongs to God.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, nicknamed the “Trump of the Tropics,” asked for prayer at The Send Brazil event, where thousands of evangelical Christians gathered. The conservative leader declared that he is a believer in Jesus and that Brazil belongs to God. (The Send Brazil)
More than 140,000 people attended the 12-hour event at three different stadiums – Brasilia Nacional Stadium, and Morumbi Stadium and Allianz Parque Stadium in Sao Paulo – with 1.7 million watching on the Portuguese livestream and more than 560,000 on the English one.
Andy Byrd and Teo Hayashi, co-organizers of The Send Brazil, told Fox News it took “unparalleled unity” to put together the massive three-stadium event, in which thousands made decisions for Jesus, committed to fasting, Bible reading plans and missions to the nations, colleges and high schools. The Send Brazil was brought together by seven ministries collectively called “The Send,” which first launched last year in Orlando.
Andy Byrd, The Send Brazil co-organizer and YWAM leader, speaks with a translator in Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo. (The Send Brazil)
“The outpouring of healing, miracles, signs and wonders was mindblowing, the display of God’s power in all three stadiums,” Byrd, leader of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), said. “This whole event was about the exultation of Jesus and the empowerment of the 24-year-old, equipping the next generation to change the world.”
Hayashi, founder of the Dunamis Movement (a university ministry) and pastor of Zion Church in Sao Paulo, said the strong emphasis on social justice – reaching college campuses and high schools, as well as adoption of vulnerable children and teenagers – struck a chord with the nation.
Teo Hayashi, a co-organizer of The Send Brazil, spoke at the big event Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Hayashi is the founder of the Dunamis Movement and the pastor of Zion Church in Sao Paulo. (The Send Brazil)
“God activated a huge evangelical youth church to the great commission and God empowered a generation to do the works of Christ beyond the four walls of the Church,” Hayashi said.
Evangelical leaders – Francis Chan, Michael Koulianos, Todd White, Daniel Kolenda, Randy Clark, Christine Caine and many others – were joined by worship leaders Lindy Conant-Cofer, Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Gretzinger, Dante Bowe and others from the United States and several prominent Christian leaders in Brazil. In all, 180 people spoke throughout the day.
Kolenda, whose ministry has seen more than 80 million come to Christ in Africa, declared: “God is on the move in Brazil!”