Brazil is huge. A population of two hundred million live in a land mass slightly smaller than the United States or China. It's Amazon basin, over seven million square kilometers is rich in unexplored terrain, home to more than a third of known species, expansive as "lungs" of the globe, its seeming endless river winds its way from the mountains of Peru, some 6,992 kilometers to the Atlantic Ocean.
A country of over one hundred and fifty languages among 450 tribes, this country gives up stories of heroic proportion: missionaries who have given life and limb to reach back into the upstream of culture, living in primitive circumstances all to first create written form of local languages and dialects, then translate the Bible as a precursor for today's mission outreach.
Today this country is a labyrinth of Christian leaders, churches, movements and missions which would keep a researcher occupied for months just to locate and identify. more >>
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was officially impeached on Wednesday by the senate, which voted 61 to 20 to convict Rousseff on charges of manipulating the federal budget and attempting to conceal the country's economic crisis.
Rousseff, a Roman Catholic, faced opposition by prominent evangelical Christian Eduardo Cunha, while the author of the impeachment request claimed that she had been inspired by God to take on Brazil's first ever female president.
As the 2016 Summer Olympics come to a close this weekend, viewers will have a few more opportunities to see aerial images of the massive representation of Jesus Christ that overlooks Rio de Janeiro. But how did the 98 feet tall, 635 metric ton Christ the Redeemer statue come about?
Here are five fascinating facts you should know about Brazil's Cristo Redentor statue.
1. It's listed as one of the "new seven wonders of the world," and its roots trace back to the 1850s. more >>
MIAMI/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Olympic gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology on Friday and his teammate Jimmy Feigen agreed to pay 35,000 reais (8,420 pounds) to a charity after Brazilian police said they lied about being robbed at gunpoint at the weekend.
Lochte, who flew to the United States the day after Sunday's incident, said he should have been more careful and candid in his account, but said it had been traumatic to have a stranger point a gun at him in a foreign country and demand money.
The 32-year-old, one of America's most decorated swimmers and the most outspoken about the incident, had originally said he and three team mates, including Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were stopped in a taxi on the way back from a party by gunmen posing as police who stole $400 (£306) from them. more >>
As a communications strategist with experience in crisis communications, I'm used to getting unexpected calls from public figures who find themselves under harsh public scrutiny. Even so, I was a little surprised Thursday to receive a call from an unfamiliar Florida phone number.
It was a representative for Ryan Lochte, the American Olympic swimmer caught up in the midst of a crisis of his own making.
For those who've been living under a rock for the past week, Lochte and three of his fellow swimmers made waves when they reported having been robbed at gunpoint on the streets of Rio de Janeiro by men posing as Brazilian police officers. more >>
Simone Biles' spotlight appears to be getting even brighter with a range of political figures and entertainers proclaiming how much of an inspiration she as the first American gymnast to receive four gold medals.
After the 19-year-old Team USA gymnast racked up four gold medals and a bronze at the Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, people like Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took to social media to honor her.