ICCM Brazil began in 1980. ICCM operates in many areas across the country, including Ibrite, Cuiaba, Monte Santo, and São Paolo.
Ibirite is a small city nestled in the heart of the state of Minas Gerais. The surrounding area is very poor and ICCM ministers to the community through its preschool and after-school study center. Cuiaba is the capital of the state of Mato Grosso. The Free Methodist Church has been steadily growing in this area. The two fastest growing churches have made a point of reaching out to at-risk children whose parents are involved in drugs and prostitution.
Monte Santo is located in northeast Brazil, an area of the country known for drought, poverty, and poor educational institutions. In the midst of this, the Monte Santo School (officially named the “Escola Jose Emilio Emerenciano”) shines as a beacon of hope, providing a solid academic foundation for hundreds of children who could never afford good schooling without the help of ICCM. School begins the first of March and ends the middle of December.
With a population of 20 million, São Paulo is one of the largest and most crowded cities in the world. There are hundreds of shantytowns (“favelas”) on the edge of the metropolis, many of which the Free Methodist Church are ministering to.
Pastor’s Kids, Cajzeiras FMC (state of Paraiba), Cachoeira de Itapemerim (Espirito Santo), Luziania (state of Goias), Itajai (state of Catarina)
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facts about brazil
Languages: Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language)
Religions: Roman Catholic 64.6%, other Catholic 0.4%, Protestant 22.2%, other Christian 0.7%, Spiritist 2.2%, other 1.4%, none 8%, unspecified 0.4% (2010 est.)
Population: 207,353,391 (July 2017 est.)
Median Age: 32 years (2017 est.)
Literacy: (age 15 and over can read and write) Total: 92.6%, Male: 92.2%, Female: 92.9% (2015 est.)
School life expectancy: (primary to tertiary education): Total: 15 years, Male: 15 years, Female: 16 years (2014)
Percentage below poverty level 3.7% (2016 est.)