“Our country belongs to Jesus Christ, He rescued us from the empire of darkness and carried us into His mighty light. It is for Him that we march.” “To Him all honor, glory, power and majesty.”
Not less three million Christians took the streets of Sao Paulo to share the gospel and “cry out for Brazil, for the families, for the end of corruption, for the afflicted hearts”.
According to the organizers, millions of people filled the streets of the Brazilian city of of São Paulo, in the 27th edition of the March for Jesus, held on June 20.
Every year, the March adopts a spiritual theme; this year, the theme was “The Rescuer,” based out of 1 Timothy 2:5-6, which reads:
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”
“These themes are a reference of what Christ represents for us,” the organizers noted in comments cited by Evangelical Focus. “He rescued us from the empire of darkness and carried us into His mighty light. It is for Him that we march.”
The March for Jesus has been celebrated in São Paulo for 27 years, and is the largest Christian march that takes place in Latin America.
Estevam Hernandes, the President of the March for Jesus in Brazil, gave the opening prayer at one of the main metro stations in São Paulo.
“We cry out for Brazil, for the families, for the end of corruption, for the afflicted hearts, our country belongs to Jesus Christ,” Hernandes said. “To Him all honor, glory, power and majesty. As it says in Psalms 33: Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
“Every year, we have a theme. These themes are a reference of what Christ represents for us. He rescued us from the empire of darkness and carried us into His mighty light. It is for Him that we march,” the organizers pointed out.
The march included more than 10 hours of praise and worship, with almost 30 gospel singers and bands from around Brazil leading it.
Some 28 Brazillian gospel bands and singers, along with several evangelical pastors, led the patrons in passionate worship.
Dozens of evangelical pastors and church leaders were in attendance, along with over four thousand caravans from all over Brazil.
Not only did millions of Brazilians gather in São Paulo, but the President of Brazil did as well. It wasn’t President Jair Bolsonaro’s first time at the march, as he had participated in 2018 when he was a Presidential candidate. Keeping his promise to return, even if elected President, he gave a speech that encouraged the attendees to pursue their faith.
Brazil “is secular but its current leader is Christian,” the President declared, to rapturous applause. “You were decisive in helping change the destiny of Brazil. It is very good to be among friends. And even better when they are friends with God in their hearts.”
Bolsonaro added that he hopes to overcome the “ethical and moral” problems in Brazil with the help of Christians.
Joao Doria, the Governor of São Paulo, and Bruno Covas, the Mayor of São Paulo, both members of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, were also in attendance.
“This is the March for Jesus, but it is also the march of harmony and understanding between those who love Sao Paulo and Brazil,” Doria said, according to the Evangelical Focus.
Of Brazil’s 190 million citizens, some 30% define themselves as evangelicals.