Imagine sharing the gospel at the foot of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Imagine hiking through the Tijuca Forest, being surrounded by a tropical rainforest, and explaining to Israelis that the God who created everything around you has sent the Messiah to redeem us from our sins! Come to Brazil this winter and do just that!
Every year, thousands of Israelis travel to South America to experience new cultures and explore spirituality. Many have just finished their military service and are looking for an adventure. Join their quest as you hike alongside them, enjoy meals with them, and drink great Brazilian coffee together, all with the purpose of introducing them to the Jewish Messiah, Jesus. By visiting the sites in Rio de Janeiro frequented by Israelis, we will have many opportunities to engage them in conversations about the gospel. We will also host Sabbath dinners and Hanukkah celebrations to which we can invite Israelis and continue our conversations with them.
Come to Brazil this winter and do just that!
The places we will explore:
Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bayon a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 m (1,299 ft) above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. It is known worldwide for its cableway and panoramic views of the city and beyond.
Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 metres (98 ft) high, excluding its 8-metre (26 ft) pedestal. The arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide.
The Pedra do Telegrafo stone is a 354 meters high block of rock located inside the borders of Pedra Branca State Park, in the Praias Selvagens beaches sector, on top of a hill called Morro de Guaratiba. The name comes from the Portuguese word telegrafo that means telegraph. That’s because a military communication station was based there during World War II.
The horseshoe shaped Copacabana beach is certainly one of the most famous stretches of sand on the planet! The long beach – 4.5 km/ 2.7 miles – is much more than just a place to while away some lazy hours in the sand; Copacabana beach is the most important spot to meet each other in Rio de Janeiro. In summertime, it is not unheard of if there are a quarter of a million visitors at the Copacabana beach!
The other famous Rio de Janeiro beach is Ipanema/ Leblon. With 3.8 km/ 2.4 miles, Ipanema beach is shorter than Copacabana beach. About 2/3 is considered Ipanema and 1/3 Leblon.
The Tijuca Forest is a man-made reclamation of land around Rio de Janeiro that had previously been cleared and developed to grow sugar and coffee. Replanting was carried out by Major Manuel Gomes Archer in the second half of the 19th century in a successful effort to protect Rio’s water supply. This followed concerns made by the Brazilian Emperor Pedro II in 1861 about erosion and deforestation caused by intensive farming, as declining levels of rainfall had already begun affecting the supply of drinking water.
Escadaria Selarón, also known as the ‘Selaron Steps’, is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as “my tribute to the Brazilian people”.
Dois irmãos hill has one of the most amazing views of Rio de Janeiro, completing the landscape of the South borders, because of the beauty it got the title of the carioca card-post. This Hills also can be appreciated closely through a trail that starts on the Vidigal community and it finishes on the top of the “irmãomaior- higher brother”. It’s 1,5km of route in 40 minutes of steep sections, the other steeps, not so much. The trail is considered relatively easy and, when you get on the top, is possible to see the whole carioca South area, the beaches and paths designed in neighborhoods, it’s breathtaking!