Over 140 church leaders from 18 countries were present at the Micah Network Latin America Consultation held in Lima, 22 to 26 April, for a time of in-depth reflection on the progress, setbacks and challenges of Integral Mission in Latin America.
Representatives from Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua, Peru, USA, Nepal, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Mexico, among others, participated in this event organized by the Micah Network. The objectives were to contribute to an analysis of the progress made on Integral Mission in Latin America, promote greater openness towards establishing and working in strategic alliances between churches and faith-based organizations, and incorporate new peace and justice approaches in our understanding of Mission.
The President of the Micah Network, theologian René Padilla, dared the audience of ecclesiastic leaders, made up of representatives from Evangelical churches and faith-based organizations to continue reflecting, praying and working towards making the Kingdom of God and justice a feasible reality in Latin America. He said "nobody knows the exact words that were said during the private conversation Jesus had with Zacchaeus, but after this conversation we know that Zacchaeus changed his life-style and priorities and, having belonged to the oppressors' side, he left his wealth in solidarity with those who most needed it".
The consultation focused on 4 themes:
- Working with Vulnerable Sectors
- Peace and Justice Approaches
- Local Development
- Collaboration between Churches and Faith-based Organizations
For more information on the event go to: www.redmiqueas.org.