The Salvation Army in Brazil
The Army flag was unfurled for the first time in Rio de Janeiro on August 1, 1922. Today almost 150 active officers and more than 300 employees serve in its 46 corps, six outposts and 35 social institutions in this vast country.
The Exército de Salvação preaches the gospel in Portugese (Brazil's official language), and nearly 1,900 senior soldiers, 490 junior soldiers and 85 adherents make up its ranks.
Institutional ministries include centers and homes for street children, teen mothers and the elderly; early childhood education centers, youth vocational training, students' residences, community and social services centers, a dental-care clinic, thrift stores and prison outreach.
In late 2010, the Army joined with other churches in this primarily Roman Catholic nation to form the Brazilian Evangelical Christian Alliance. A presentation by the Army marked a common desire among members to fulfill Christ's command to His disciples to "be one" in order for the world to believe (John 17:21-22).
In early 2011, Brazil experienced the greatest natural disaster in its history-landslides caused by heavy rains that killed more than 1,000 people and destroyed 8,000 homes in the mountainous areas of Rio de Janerio. The Salvation Army helped civic organizations distribute aid that arrived from all over Brazil, worked in temporary shelters, registered children and handed out school materials. Army volunteers also provided emotional comfort, clothes and food to survivors.
Source: The Salvation Army 2012 Year Book