I leave tonight for Brazil. I would appreciate you accompanying me with your prayers.
I am going to introduce a broad spectrum of church leaders there to the President of LAM and to two Board Members. We are going to listen and to ask about the role of a 100 year old mission that was born to evangelize Latin America.
What is our role in a Latin America that, increasingly is evangelizing the World?
Brazil is a good place to explore this. I have felt carried along by the Spirit and by the experiences and relations that God has given me since the first time Lake sent me to Brazil in 1970 and then as a new missionary couple in 1977. There is a pay off for having been at this so long.
1. We understand that the Sports events of 2014 and 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, will implicate the gospel in Brasil in several ways–it will give continuity to the process by which Brazilian evangelicals think about (and act) more and more intentionally in relation to the world outside of Brasil. One of the things that the world might possibly learn about Brazil will be how extensive has been the move of God in Brazil and some of the impressive commitments His people have made (or maybe they won’t see it!) for improving the world we live in. As a mission agency, in LAMwe are involved, in a small way, in the initiative of Brazilian evangelicals along these lines. We are participating in a small way by providing personnel to the “Campaign against child and teen sexual tourism in Brazil” project. Our perspective is international and, traditionally, this has meant international from the perspective of the North toward Latin America. Now, it is meaning, increasingly, together with Latin America toward the rest of the world. We want to follow the events related to 2014/16 as they unfold with the participation of Brazilian evangelicals so that we can better understand how God will open the world up to the Brazilian church and the Brazilian church to the world, and come to know whether we have a role to fulfill in that.