You’ve got to understand that I’m not one who is easily impressed with folks, especially in the spiritual arena. Unfortunately we, as Americans who claim to be Jesus followers, are the spiritual infants on this globe. The “foreigners” typically tend to be giants in comparison with our lack of spiritual acuity.
Sad, but true.
This crew who has made the trip to Brazil with me appears to want to be different. They’re hungry and chomping at the spiritual bits to be turned loose. Our time together yesterday was peaked with a time of worship with some Brazilian Christians and I was proud of the way our folks “jumped in the deep end of the pool” with them.
Today, we’re saddling up and heading into the interior of the state. Ubaúna is our next stop. Two buses full of people and gear. Loads of expectation, anticipation and a mild touch of hesitation.
Next stop… Ubaúna.
For the first time since 2004, a trip to Ubaúna will involve more than Ubaúna.
It will definitely involve Ubaúna. There will be more activity occurring in this little village than has ever taken place there. We have people descending on it from two different countries and a total of six different states (three from the U.S. and three from Brazil).
The sheer number of the workers has been a work of logistical wizardry. Coordinating, planning, training over the distance of thousands of miles is something that I could never have imagined when I lived in the country back in the eighties. Eighteen Americans and seventeen Brazilians, thirty-five team members with one purpose — expanding the Kingdom.
But, this activity will also take place in two other locations for the express purpose of establishing and fortifying the church in them.
Our targets? Tianguá and Araticum.
Strange sounding names that will begin to grace the pages of this blog much in the same manner that the equally odd sounding Ubaúna has.
This trip is about giving birth; birthing a stronger, more mature church in Ubaúna and bring new life into existence in Tianguá and Araticum.
Maybe I’ll pass out cigars…
Pictures tell you a whole lot!
This is the new Seed of Hope activity center. It’s all spruced up and ready to inaugurated in less than two weeks.
This is going to be fun!
Can’t you just imagine scores of wild, screaming, happy and not hungry, kids romping through this space?
I was toying with a topic the other day when a blog that I follow popped up that had already dealt with the same issue.
Joey Shaw over at strategicnetwork.org (good blog Joey! Go check him out!) posted “5 Common Great Commission Myths.” While I’m not going to reproduce it here (though it is a temptation!), his main points were:
Myth #1: Accidental discipleship — simply “doing life” with others is the way to make disciples: “If they ask me, I’ll tell them.”
Myth #2: Crossing cultures is a step beyond the general mandate, i.e., only select missionaries are called to cross cultures in order to make disciples.
Myth #3: Jesus wants converts.
Myth #4: When I am ready and able, I will start making disciples.
Myth #5: Making disciples is great advice.
The Thirty had no identity crisis.
There was no attempt at being politically correct and “playing nicely.” They ran with scissors in hand, they jumped off roofs, they killed giants. They knew what was necessary and they rose to the task, even at the risk of their own lives.
We should not be running from… darkness. If indeed we really are the light of the world, we should be running toward the darkness with the understanding that we cannot be overcome by darkness. We should take the light and jam it down the throat of darkness… We were born to be warriors, born again to be chasing the darkness away… we must remember who we are and ride out and meet the enemy. This is who we really are, what we were always meant to be.” (Neil Cole, Organic Church)
That is who we, the followers of Jesus, are supposed to be. Not a cowardly group hiding in our church fortress with it’s stained-glass windows.
Yes, you will be considered “fanatical” and “whacky,” but you’ll also ride with the One with flowing white hair and eyes of fire…
How do you go about making such an impact on young adults and young couples that Jesus gets a hearing?
Yes, I know of the power of the gospel. Yes, I know that it is the Spirit who opens the door. But, no, I can’t understand why we give all the “good stuff” to the enemy and let him have all the high ground.
Ubaúna, Brazil is in the heart of a 150 square mile region that has over 1,500,000 inhabitants, the great majority of which are under 30 years old. We intend to take the high ground in the name of Jesus in a manner that will get our target audience’s attention… music.
Megafone is a Christian rock band in the style of Chris Tomlin, Steve Fee and even David Crowder. Drawing both inspiration and even accolades from these same artists, Megafone is bursting on to the Brazilian Christian rock scene.
And they are partnering with us to attack the interior of northeastern Brazil in August.
Flying almost 3,000 miles, then taking at 5 hour ride and immediately setting up to begin playing, Megafone is going to do more in 48 hours than most bands do in a month.
I can’t wait to give you the report of what happens!
I never dreamed I’d be announcing this!
Ubaúna is gonna be rocking!
Jesus is going to be seen in a whole new light…