巴西目前大概有二十五萬名僑胞，最大的華人社區位於聖保羅市(Sao Paulo)，為數約十五萬，較小的社區設在庫里奇巴(Curitiba)和里約熱內盧(Rio de Janeiro)。巴西吸引僑民之處是即使非法入境者也可以像當地人一樣，享用教育和醫療服務。
-by Wylfred Kwok
Diaspora of Chinese
There are over 50 million Chinese living outside China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. In spite of economic growth and rising income level in recent years, China continues to be one of the largest migrant exporting countries, after India, Mexico and Russia.
Economic development resulting from market oriented reform in the past few decades have produced a group of high income individuals. An increasing number of them are migrating to the West through immigrant investor channels. There is similar trend among the high skilled individuals, reflecting that social-economic status is not as important as the desire for freedom and quality of life.
Apart from the wealthy and highly skilled, families in the growing middle class see overseas education as an important means to secure the newly acquired privileges for their children. By sending their children overseas, they want to pave a way for migration for the family some day.
At the same time, many unskilled workers are being pushed overseas by layoffs resulting from privatization of state-owned enterprises. Many of them get to their desired destination through illegal venues arranged by intermediary who would charge them a big sum of money that takes years of wages to pay off. Without legal status, these laborers do not have basic social protection are often target of exploitation such as long hours and low wages.
It is not easy to settle in foreign soil. New immigrants are often under a lot of mental and emotional stress as they make a variety of adjustments to adapt to the new environment ranging from language, culture, weather and diet to lifestyle. They also experience isolation and loneliness and depending on the size of the immigrant community, they may also experience discrimination.
There are about 250,000 Chinese in Brazil. The largest community is in Sao Paulo, with approximately 150,000 people while there are smaller communities in Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro. Migrants are attracted to Brazil because even Illegal immigrants enjoy the same legal privileges as native Brazilians with respect to access to social services such as public education and public healthcare system.
Praying for Brazil
-by Wylfred Kwok
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
We pray for Brazil. May all the people in the land honour your name. Though Brazil is one of the biggest Roman Catholic countries, yet Lord, many of them aren’t sure of their beliefs and mingle their faith with traditional beliefs. May you purify the churches and the leaders. May all those who seek you be taught your Word and may their worships be pleasing to you.
Our Father in heaven, may your kingdom come.
We pray for the government of Brazil. Lord, you are the ruler of the earth. May all those who work for the government serve the people with integrity and justice. Open their eyes that they can see the needs of the people and work to serve those needs rather than their own benefits. Give them the wisdom to utilize the resources you have richly blessed them to bless the earth. May the people no longer live in fear and worries.
Our Father in heaven, may your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
We pray for the churches in Brazil. May all your churches proclaim the true peace and hope that we can only find in you at this time of political instability, economic hardship and social insecurity. May all the churches be lampstands to the local communities and the whole country.
We pray especially for the Chinese mainlanders in Brazil. Many of them are still illegal immigrants, being exploited by their employers. They have come all the way from China with the dream that they would make money and then return home or move to the North America. In the midst of the poor economy, their dreams are shattered. Even those who are more established and run their own businesses are in the trap of making more money and they have sacrificed their own family life. We pray that they will reset their priorities and spend more time with their families as this is pleasing to you.
May you empower the churches and the local pastors so they can reach out to more Chinese with the real meaning of life. We also ask that you call more brothers and sisters to devote themselves to serving you so they will assist and eventually take over the ministry of the aging pastors.
Lord, we pray that the brothers and sisters will be a good witness for you. We pray that they will follow the laws in running their businesses and they will always experience peace, joy and hope so the others can see hope even in adversities.
Our father in heaven, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen!
If you are interested in knowing more about RHCCC’s PEACE program in Brazil or would like to participate in this ministry, please contact Wylfred Kwok.