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Cuiaba is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. Although it is very hot, it has both a tropical wet climate as well as a dry one. Traditionally the Cuiabanos eat a lot of fish- the most typical being the pintado and the matrincha. They also eat a lot of pequi fruit, which is found all over in the region. Missionaries are typically safe to walk around the city.
Snapshot of Brazil – The official language of Brazil is Portuguese, making it distinct from the rest of South America. The Brazilian people are mostly descended from a mix of European, African, and indigenous ancestry, though this varies from region to region. The Roman Catholic Church is Brazil’s dominant religion, particularly in areas such as Teresina, Florianópolis, and Fortaleza. However, the Roman Catholic church has been decreasing in popularity in recent years as various Protestant and Evangelical churches have been growing rapidly. Other religious traditions are also practiced in various parts of the country, such as traditional indigenous beliefs in the north of the country, or Afro-Brazilian religions such as Candomblé and Umbanda that are concentrated in Salvador, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro. There has been some conflict between these different religious groups. While Brazil’s culture as a whole is influenced by Portuguese, African, indigenous, and Roman Catholic traditions, there is great variation from region to region. The south of the country is more strongly influenced by German and Italian culture. Brazil has a strong history in literature, architecture, and film. Brazil is also home to many unique musical styles, such as samba, pagode, and funk (especially popular in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia), forró and frevo (popular in the northeast), and sertanejo (popular in Mato Grosso and Paraná). The yearly festival Carnaval (held each year forty-six days before Easter) is a major event, celebrated by parades, dancing, and music contests. The holiday is especially popular in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, to the point that missionary work is sometimes restricted during the week of Carnaval. Television is especially popular in modern Brazilian culture, especially novelas (Brazilian soap operas). Soccer is by far the most popular sport in Brazil, though volleyball, basketball, and several forms of martial arts (such as Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) are also popular.
This mission is one of 27 in Brazil, and it is known as one of the hottest metropolises and is often above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Brazil as a country has 1,209,074 members, and the city of Cuiaba does not have that many. There are a couple of meeting houses and a family history center close to Cuiaba.
Food in Brazil also varies from region to region, but there are some similarities throughout the country. Lunch is generally the main meal of the day, and rice and beans are eaten at almost every meal. The meals usually involve some type of meat as well as a small salad. Popular dishes include feijoada (a thick stew typically made with black beans and pork), pasta, and potatoes. Southern Brazil is famous for its churrascos (Brazilian-style grilled meat) and chimmarrão (a hot drink made using herba mate). Salgados (fried snacks similar to Spanish tapas) and the pastel (pastry envelopes filled with meat or cheese) are popular snack items. Pizza buffets are also popular, with many different types of pizza available, though Brazilian pizza generally does not have sauce. Rather, people add either ketchup or mustard to their pizza. Other restaurants sell meals buffet-style where the consumer pays for food by weight (per kilo). Many types of tropical fruit are also available in Brazil, and drinks made from fruit such as açai and guaraná are quite popular.
The missionaries will receive packages 2-4 weeks after the package is sent. Be sure to put a religious picture on the outside of the package (this lowers the risk of the package being tampered with). Use only USPS when shipping.
Av Hist Rubens de Mendonça, 1731
Sala 10, Bairro Consil
78050-975 Cuiabá – MT
Straight from the Brazil Cuiaba Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
*What did you eat the most of?
“rice beans and chicken”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“An ant butt rice seasoning”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“I loved how friendly and open all of the people were.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Brazil Cuiaba Mission?
“To always be his own light, and have a strong testimony of why HE is out there.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“That missionaries are not necessarily all angles.”