Some would say that it goes against gaucho tradition to change one’s religion. Maybe that explains why the work of the Gospel among the people of Rio Grande do Sul has historically been slow. Gaucho, a term first used to refer to the region’s cattle herders, has come to refer to all natives of Brazil’s southernmost state. Proud people with a strong cultural identity, they tend to influence others even when they move into new communities. We believe that gauchos, once transformed by the power of Jesus, will influence others wherever they go.