Brazil is sending the second highest number of missionaries to the rest of the world, according to the director of a Global Christianity study organisation.

Of 400,000 global missionaries that were sent to foreign countries in 2010, Brazil sent 34,000, second behind the United States, which sent 127,000.

The statistics were presented by Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. Interestingly, even though the United States sends the most missionaries abroad, it is also the country that receives the most foreign missionaries as well, with 32,400 foreign missionaries arriving to the US in 2010 – the majority of whom come from Brazil.

Beaten only by the United States, Brazil has the second largest Protestant population in the world. The South American country also has a huge number of mission organisations, of which Jovens Com Missao (Youth with Mission) alone has 16,000 people providing missions to 150 countries.

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