Presentation on theme: "SPRINT Brazil 2013. Our Host AMAI (Associação Mennonite de Ação Integral- Mennonite Association for Total Action) Works through holistic missions to bring."— Presentation transcript:
Our Host AMAI (Associação Mennonite de Ação Integral- Mennonite Association for Total Action) Works through holistic missions to bring the good news of the Kingdom of God Social service arm of local Mennonite churches
Our Host Previous teams worked with MCC Ended Brazil program AMAI continues much of work AMAI
Interior: sustainable agriculture and water cisterns
The 3 R’s Relocation, Redistribution, Reconciliation Of Community Building
Relocation Mathew 28:18-20 – “18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Redistribution Leviticus – “If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.”
Reconciliation Mathew 5:23-24 – “23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has ought against you; 24 Leave there your gift before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
The Swinging Pendulum It is easy to go into travel abroad and fall into the two extremes. 1.The tourist-missionary 3. Choosing to be disarmed 5.The fixer “We want to fix things as people. As Christians, we long to bring healing to broken circumstances and to be instruments of God’s reconciling and healing work… Choosing to be disarmed is the only way to be present. Without the power and resources that could substantially change the situation, we can still be friends” Friendship at the Margins 1 3 5
Choosing to be Disarmed in Brazil “We are not indispensable and we are not saviors” Friendship at the Margins The people we encounter will move us. Whether that is towards distancing ourselves from the complex issues of poverty among the farmer and communities in the favelas or to take on the role of the fixer. If we put down our cameras and hammers, and disarm ourselves to a truly vulnerable state, we can be in harmony with those we are building relationships with.
Opportunities: Preparation! Assault on Paradise by Conrad Phillip Kottak – Summarizes research findings of social and economic change in a coastal village in Brazil (fieldwork from 1962-present) Gracias: A Latin American Journal by Henri Nouwen – Recounts Nouwen’s travels in Bolivia and Peru – Explores questions of God’s presence in the poor and the relation between faith and justice Gaining context for our trip
Opportunities Relationships are the longest-lasting – Projects act as a catalyst – Brazilian emphasis on relationship Cross-cultural engagement and learning – Both sides have something to offer, learn We serve a global God! – Known differently in different cultures – Reading through Luke
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