Population 2,250,000 (UA)
Founded in 1616 by the Kingdom of Portugal, Belém was the first European colony on the Amazon but did not become part of Brazil until 1775. The newer part of the city has modern buildings and skyscrapers. The colonial portion retains the charm of tree-filled squares, churches and traditional blue tiles. The city has a rich history and architecture from colonial times. Recently it witnessed a skyscraper boom. Its metropolitan area has over 2 million inhabitants.
In 1616 the fortified settlement of Feliz Lusitania, later called Nossa Senhora de Belem do Grao Para (Our Lady of Bethlehem of the Great Para River) and Santa Maria de Belem (St. Mary of Bethlehem), was established, consolidating Portuguese supremacy over the French in what is now northern Brazil.
Pray for new and creative ways to reach the people of the amazon.
Pray for more short-term teams from all over the world to come and do outreach in this city.
Pray for financial provision for the base and staff.