AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2
Re: Bagby - Brazil
In Response To: Anna and Andrew Bagby ()
In 1871 American expatriates, who had left the South in the USA, established the first Baptist church in Brazil. Work among the native population began when Southern Baptists in the USA sent William and Anne Bagby in 1881. The Bagbys had long and notable careers; in addition, all five of their children became missionaries, four of them serving in Brazil. The first Baptist church for the native population was formed in 1882 in Salvador, Bahia. In 1907 Brazilian Baptists formed a convention, which in turn has sent missionaries to other lands. The convention is rapidly growing and numbers 900,000 in over 4,800 congregations. It is the second largest mainline Protestant body in the country but overshadowed by Pentecostal and indigenous bodies. Besides Southern Baptists, numerous other Baptist missions have also come. All Baptists in the country number over 1,100,000 in almost 7,000 congregations.