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More Evangelicals Voted into Brazil's Congress


By a very slim margin Brazilian voters have returned leftist President Dilma Roussef to office for another four years.

Roussef won the national election with the support of many evangelicals, who now account for over 30 percent of the population.

But evangelicals were divided.

"If you go to the churches, you will have more or less the same that happened in the last elections last Sunday here in Brazil," the Bible Society's Erni Siebert said. "Half of the people will be in support of the government."

To gain the support of evangelicals, the president downplayed her party's pro-abortion and pro-homosexual initiatives. But while voters returned Roussef to the presidency, they also sent more evangelicals to Congress, making it the most conservative legislature in years. 

Siebert is hopeful.

"Really we hope that these leaders will affirm their positions on God's Word," he said.

He said that doing this would be a testimony to society and that they would "bring a good influence to the country so the country will have the fear of God in their hearts."

The reason Christians are multiplying and the nation is changing, Siebert believes, is because of Brazilians' growing interest in the Bible. The Brazilian Bible Society distributes around seven million Bibles a year. 

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