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By Ed Johnson Many times Brazil is referred to as the sleeping giant. This is because it has had an inability to emerge as a world power in spite of its massive size, huge population and incredible array of natural resources. There are indications Brazil could finally be waking from her slumber and becoming a world power, but that remains to be seen. When I think about Brazil, I also think of it as a sleeping giant. I do not think about it as such because of its natural resources—its minerals, the Amazon jungle or its agriculture, or because of its potential worldwide status and influence. To me Brazil is a sleeping giant spiritually. Though I believe she could experience a great awakening spiritually, she is currently slumbering in spiritual darkness. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world both in size and population. It encompasses a staggering 3,287,195 square miles (half of South America and more than the continental United States or all the European countries combined). It has a population that exceeds 190 million people, which is almost the same population as the rest of South America put together! By the year 2050 the population of Brazil will have increased to over 250 million souls. There are 5,565 cities in Brazil and at least 15 of those cities have a population of more than a million. São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and the third largest city in the world, has 11.2 million inhabitants in its municipality and over 19 million in the metropolitan area. Just the city of São Paulo alone has more people than 150 different countries of the world! About a 30 hour drive northwest of São Paulo is the beginning of the Amazon jungle—the largest jungle on earth. There are over 215 Indian tribes in the Amazon and an estimated 55 Indian tribes who have had no contact with civilization. Lining the sides of the rivers are scores and scores of villages in need of the Gospel. It is a huge nation, but it is in darkness spiritually. Brazilian people are generally very warm and receptive. They are also open and responsive to the Gospel. Because of the vastness of the country they vary greatly in race, culture, traditions and background—from the Indians in the Amazon jungle, to the Africans in the Northeast, to the Italians and Portuguese in the Southeast and the Germans in the South. Brazil has many large immigrant populations, including the largest population of Japanese immigrants in the world. Today, 20 BIMI missionary families labor in Brazil or are on deputation to go there, including seven second-generation missionaries. These workers know that Brazil is a needy, yet exciting, place to spread the Gospel. 16 BIMI WORLD – Number 2, 2011