The name Maranguape means “Battle Valley” in the native Tupi-Guarani language and is a reference to an important warrior chief that inhabited the region before the arrival of the European settlers in the 17th century.
Currently, Maranguape is part of the Fortaleza metropolitan area in the Brazilian state of Ceara and is home to over 120,000 people.
Bacabal is a city in the interior of the Brazilian state of Maranhão with more than 100 thousand inhabitants. It had
A land locked nation in West Africa with over 20 million inhabitants, Burkina Faso is one of the world poorest countries. Around 50% of its population live on less than 2.00 a day. Access to sanitation, electricity and education is very limited and severe cycles of drought and flooding cause high rates of food insecurity. In January 2019, we will visit Burkina Faso to share the Good News of Salvation with the precious people of that nation.
Ethiopia is a country in East Africa with a population of over 90 million people. The nation is home to very ancient civilizations and has one of the oldest alphabets still in use in the world. Despite the gigantic social and economic challenges Ethiopia has faced in its recent past, the nation is experiencing a spiritual harvest season unparalleled in its history.
Caetite is located in the Brazilian state of Bahia and home to almost 60,000 people. The region was originally inhabited by native Brazilians until Portuguese settlers arrived in the 17th century. The economy of the city is based on agriculture and mining. Caetite is the 3rd largest producer of Iron ore in Brazil.
Itaberaba has over 65,000 inhabitants and is located in the Brazilian state of Bahia. It sits on Highway 242, which connects many influential cities to Brasilia, the nation’s capital. The city name means ‘shining stone’ from the language spoken by the native Brazilians that lived in the region before the Portuguese colonizers arrived. Its economy is strongly based on industry and commerce. Itaberaba is one of the most important cities in the state of Bahia.
Gospel Festival in Northeast Brazil (city to be determined)
Crateus is located in a vast semi-arid region in the Brazilian state of Ceara. Its economy is based on agriculture, but the region suffers frequent and severe droughts. The city is home to more than 85,000 people.
Timon is the second largest city in the Brazilian state of Maranhão with almost 170,000 inhabitants. It is located on the shores of the river Parnaiba, which is the natural border between the cities of Timon and Teresina (the capital of the state of Piaui). Timon and Teresina are connected by the Jose Sarney Bridge.
Gospel Festival in cities to be determined. Possible cities: Sao Bento, Acopiara, Eusebio.