“God is the Only Option for the Poor”

Lacking the services typically provided to formal neighborhoods such as transportation, sanitation, and healthcare, favelas increasingly receive more and more attention from evangelical churches in the absence of the government.  Read on for more on evangelicalism’s battle against poverty and violence in Brazil’s favelas.


The Cantagalo favela in southern Rio de Janeiro is home to two Catholic churches and at least 15 evangelical churches, according to a local pastor. March 26, 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Chris Arsenault/ Thomson Reuters Foundation)