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São Paulo the city

So you hear that São Paulo is a huge city.

But you may not fully grasp what that looks like. So here's a video of a plane landing in São Paulo. This should help you get a better understanding of just what 21 million inhabitants looks like. Sit back and pray for this city and the individuals represented in these various homes and buildings. It can be overwhelming, but it is also SO VERY exciting. 

If you are curious about the culture and what the city is all about, watch this little video: 

My heart is in São Paulo This is a picture of Cynthia from the tallest building in São Paulo. This is where Cynthia felt the Lord leading her back to serve in this big city before Odir and Cynthia met. 

São Paulo fast facts:

  • São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil
  • It's the world's eighth largest city by population. 
  • The city, which is also known as "Sampa"
  • It's also referred to as "Cidade da Garoa" (city of drizzle), due to its unreliable weather
  • It's known for the size of its helicopter fleet, architecture, gastronomy, and multitude of skyscrapers.
  • People from the city of São Paulo are known as paulistanos. 
  • São Paulo is the most ethnically diverse city in Brazil.

São Paulo in numbers:

  • 21 million in Population
  • 57% Roman Catholic
  • 9% Protestant
  • 16% Pentecostal (including Health Wealth Gospel) 
  • 2% Spiritualist
  • 3% Other religions
  • 12% No religion (atheism) 
  • Ranked as the 4th city with the largest (most predominant) night life of the entire world
  • Number one financial district of all of Latin America 
  • 53 Shopping malls
  • 184 Night clubs
  • 20 thousand bars
  • 864 thousand credit card transactions per day
  • 1.9 thousand bank agencies
  • 5.4 million cars
  • 34 thousand taxis
  • 15 thousand buses
  • 67 subway (metro) stations
  • 90 train stations
  • 4th most preferred destination for gay and lesbians in the world. Largest event in the city: Formula 1 race cars; 2nd largest event in the city: Gay parade (which is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest in the world with more than 5 million people in attendance)

So why did we chose this massive city to minister in?

  • God's leading. We love serving in São Paulo and feel like there is no better place than to serve where we can use our gifts in a church and team that we love.
  • We are "PAULISTANOS" Both Odir and Cynthia were raised in this city.
  • Leadership Training & Strengthening Church Ministry. Because São Paulo is a more established city with the LOGOS Baptist Seminary, established churches, resources for design and printing materials for the churches/leadership etc... there are several opportunities for us to be involved in ministries that train national leaders or help strengthen the churches. We have a heart for discipleship and mentoring. We both enjoy helping to provide resources for people and training them in ministry.