Presbyterian Missionary forms 1st Brasilian Presidential Prayer Lunch
The date was November 29, 1967 when leaders of the Brasilian government came together for the first
presidential prayer lunch. The format was very similar to the yearly presidential prayer breakfast held in the United States
of America. The President of the Republic, Senators, Congressmen (deputados), and religious leaders attended this historic
The event came together under the direction of then Presbyterian missionary David Wayne Smith working
with International Christian Leadership. His goal was to bring believers of all faiths together. The most predominant faith
in Brasil is Roman Catholic but all religious beliefs were able to come together for a time of prayer and fellowship.
This presidential lunch took place while the country was under military rule. The event was far reaching and
many of the government leaders that attended continued the tradition in the future.
On the next 3 web pages are historic photographs of the event as it took place. Pictured in the
photographs are men named Artur da Costa e Silva, Guido Mondin, Yukishigue Tamura, Levy Tavares, David
Wayne Smith, Daso Ciombra, Leao Sampaio, Lauro Cruz, Geraldo Freire, and many others that were among those attending.
One month before, a delegation visited Rome and met with Dom. Amleto Cicognani, Richard Haverlson, Gustav-Adolf Gedat, Jim Bell, Douglas Coe, Francois Dausset,
and other influential leaders.