WE PLANT CHURCHES
WE Help MULTIPLY HEALTHY CHURCHES
our next steps in brazil
The southern Cone Initiative
Brazil for Christ
OUR GOAL IS TO REACH PEOPLE WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, DISCIPLE THEM AND PLANT CHURCHES.
We pray, we partner with and mobilize existing churches in the region, we meet new people, we win them to Christ and disciple them, we plant a church, and we help grow the church to reproductive maturity. Yeah, that's a simplified explanation of the whole process. It is actually pretty complex and one of the hardest jobs in the world. Here's our Lord's mandate:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
First of all, let me be clear - we do nothing alone. We are only one tool in the toolbox. As missionaries we feel bad saying anything about the work we do because you know us, see us, hear us, meet us, etc..., but you don't know the local Brazilian Christians who work alongside of us. On this side of eternity, you will never meet the Brazilian church and pastor who partners with us in the church-planting process.
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:7
OUR GOAL IS TO BE A CATALYST IN MOBILIZING THE BRAZILIAN CHURCH TO REACH THE WORLD FOR CHRIST.
Even though there is still a huge need for church-planters in Brazil, there are already thousands of churches in Brazil who are looking to engage their world for Christ, taking their obedience to the Great Commission to the next level. In 2003, we began to reach out to some of these churches and help them look up and out to see a world that they could help reach. We have several projects in the works right now that will help us accomplish this goal.
São Paulo is a massive city. I've read statistics claiming São Paulo is the second, or third, or fourth largest city in the world. Who really knows, especially since 1,000 move to the greater metro area every day. The fact of the matter is, São Paulo is huge and packed full of people. Like all major cities of the world, you have the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. As a general rule, the closer you get to downtown, the nicer things are. Buildings are nicer, houses are nicer, grocery stores are nicer, people look nicer, etc..., and conversely so the farther you go out from the center of the city. Here in Brazil, the outskirts of town are called the periferia and that is where God has called us to serve.