Praying for Brazil and the Kaiwá People | Wycliffe Bible Translators

Praying for Brazil and the Kaiwá People

A look at this region and how to pray for its people.

  • January 4, 2021
Kiawa girl, smiling

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world, just behind the United States and China. Over 211 million people call Brazil home, making it one of the tenth most populous nations in the world.

If you travel across Brazil, you’ll find plenty of things to do including visiting cathedrals, museums, national parks, theme parks, and a multitude of vast Amazonian rainforests and beautiful beaches. Brazil is also known for the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain and Iguazu Falls — the world’s largest waterfall system.

Many Brazilians live near the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast, anchored by the cities of São Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. Portuguese is the country’s official language, but you’ll also hear people speak Spanish, German, Italian, English and a large number of minority languages — including Kaiwá.

The Kaiwá are Brazil’s second largest minority language group with approximately 44,000 speakers. Although they enjoy hunting and fishing, small-scale farming is the main source of income for the Kaiwá. Culturally, this people group strives to maintain peace at all costs. The church among the Kaiwá is growing. But many people continue to cling to traditional practices, seeking to appease the spirit world.

Praise God that the Kaiwá New Testament was published in 1986 and the Old Testament was published in 2013. A team of three Kaiwá speakers, a facilitator and a consultant are now working on a New Testament revision that will provide more consistency and cohesion with the recent Old Testament translation. This updated translation will also be easier to read, and project leaders believe that it will encourage younger generations to read and study the Bible.

Prayer points:

  • Wisdom and perseverance for the team as they work to revise the New Testament.
  • That the Kaiwá will fully embrace Scripture and find the hope that they’re seeking.
  • The continued progress of Bible translation across Brazil and in the Americas.

Make a Prayer Connection: Pray for full funding for the Kaiwá Project. The Kaiwá community is excited about the revision and its impact on society. It will be easier to read and more accepted in the growing church.