Some of the largest protests in 20 years are breaking out across Brazil as more than 100,000 people took to the streets this week frustrated by poor transportation, health services, education, and taxes.
A hike in bus prices ignited the initial protests, but the flame was fanned after images were released of Sao Paulo police beating demonstrators and firing rubber bullets during a peaceful march Sunday.
The violence provoked Brazilians across the nation to come out for the city's largest protest in a generation, according to local news media.
Officials say the majority of demonstrations are peaceful, but some demonstrations in cities like Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizontesome resulted in violent clashes between protestors and police.
In Rio De Janeiro, 50 protestors tried to break into the State Assembly building before being chased away.
Meanwhile, there are security concerns for the thousands of foreign visitors attending an international soccer tournament.
As the crisis deepens, the Brazilian church is praying and taking action. A coalition of ministries has mobilized thousands to share their faith near the stadiums and among the protesters.
"The Bible Society of Brazil is coordinating a movement, Fair Play Brazil, which is an effort to awaken people to ethical principles, the principles of life that the Bible presents," Erni Seibert, with the Bible Society of Brazil, said.
Churches are also preparing to share the gospel with the hundreds of thousands of visitors coming to Brazil for the World Cup soccer tournament in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.