Three events took place this last week that allow a glimpse into how the world changes. After finding the story behind the events, I remind myself and my friends about tools for acting out our hope and contributing to the good of the world.
My main responsibility, after trying to be a loving husband, father, and grandfather, is to help coordinate the people in Martureo who are creating a Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection
I have copied here for you the report from our Martureo site about some of our accomplishments in 2017. In Martureo we understand how important it is for Brazilian mission practitioners to carefully consider how they give witness to Christ and participate in his mission in all spheres of society. And I am very pleased with what we were able to accomplish.
Martureo Assessment September 2016
I have just finished doing an assessment of the work done by Martureo over the last couple of years. This has helped me figure out where I can contribute in my new responsibility as Executive Coordinator. When we finished this Assessment, we were actually quite amazed at how active the Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection, Martureo has already been, and are encouraged by the response.
Olympic travelers were told to get to Rio’s Galeão airport 6 (yes that’s 6) hours ahead of their flights today. The airport is expected to be crowded today. But not as crowded as the streets of Rio. Rio traffic is notoriously congested, full of people who live there and want to get where they need to go.
Those airport instructions, just like the geography in my blog title, have little to do with Brazilians.
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are in full swing. The visibility of the Olympics on NBC is limited. You could get the impression that the USA is taking home all the gold!
Some Brazilians are making visible some hidden aspects of a global event. They both see and and represent the Olympics through religious and evangelical commitments. (I have written about these commitments in posts over the last three days, that you can read, if you are interested).
Did you see the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil?
As expected, they put on a beautiful show. I liked how they focused on how Brazil relates to the world. We got to see representations of how the world made Brazil, how Brazilians transform global culture for their use and how Brazil’s struggling eco-system and struggling economy reflect global realities.
Tonight the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio should be very special. Brazilians know how to throw a party and they know how to Bring people into their shared life, into their community. Be prepared!
When we lived in Brazil, we were welcomed into the lives of people, into whole families and into church communities when we lived there. So much so that, to this day, we will feel like we are part of Brazil, and estranged members of several families.
Tomorrow the Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
You probably know that Lois and I lived in Brazil from 1977 to 1986 where, as missionaries, we provided support to pastors and leaders in the rapidly growing numbers of churches.
Brazil is a VERY religious place, and diverse. Most Americans think that Brazil is strongly Catholic, but that is a mistake.
When Brazilians think about how they participate in God’s mission they are “doing missiology.” Hopefully the work of thinking will help them to do some good. If they are successful we are all likely to benefit.
The world is changing, and I am excited to join a team of Brazilians who are leading some of those changes, as they follow God into His mission. I recently accepted an invitation to become Executive Coordinator at Martureo: the Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection. Of course, it sweetens the deal to know I get to travel to Brazil regularly!
There are actually several cool things that excite me about my new ministry location and focus. First, I have been preparing for it all my life. I first went to Brazil