Stories: Churches

  • How the prosperity gospel is sparking a major change in the world’s most Catholic country

    SAO PAULO — Speaking from a stage encircled by 12 large wooden crosses, Gabriel Camargo held up wads of fake Brazilian money, showing his flock what could be theirs. “God will bless you if you give a lot more to the church,” said Camargo, a pastor with the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. Then he extended an...

  • Os Pastores Que Dominam o Bronx

    Saindo da Avenida Westchester, dominada naquele trecho por construções de antes da 2.ª Guerra transformadas em cortiços e por placas coloridas e em espanhol de pequenos estabelecimentos, um moderno prédio de 11 andares destaca-se no cenário. Na entrada, lê-se: Reverendo Diaz Plaza. A poucos metros está o Reverendo...

  • The Growing Evangelical Population in Latin America

    I have been living in a small town in Guatemala’s Highlands for the last few months, and fireworks at night are common. Yet around noon last Wednesday, I heard loud explosions and saw the tell-tale hanging smoke cloud indicating somebody was setting off rockets. As I walked to the center of town for lunch, I could hear the...

  • Trying to Close Orphanages Where Many Aren’t Orphans at All

    Orphanages packed with little ones dot the landscape here, some with brightly colored signs outside their gates, others unmarked on back roads. But many of the children are not actually orphans, and a campaign is under way to close as many of the institutions as possible for good. In the courtyard of one, Chris Savini, a missionary from Illinois, rocked...

  • The Ghosts of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda’s Churches

    Rwanda has come remarkably far since the genocide of 1994, but reminders still haunt its landscape. Ed Robbins, a freelance videojournalist for TIME and IRP, reported from Rwanda on an IRP Gatekeeper Editors trip.