WEA Mission Commission: Reflections on a Generational Transition in the Brazilian Mission Movement
GeneralNovember 6, 2014
WEA MISSION COMMISSION NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2014
Dear friends and colleagues
Greetings, as we reflect on a generational transition in the Brazilian Mission Movement.
In this photo we see four generations of mission leaders in Brazil: From the left Cassiano Batista da Luz, Silas Tostes, Bertil Ekstrom and Waldemar de Carvalho.
The Seventh Brazilian Mission Conference (7CBM) held in October this year marked a new phase in the mission movement in the country. With representatives from the main denominations, churches and mission organisations, the conference brought together the best of Brazilian mission initiatives and showed that the movement is growing and maturing. A new leader for the Brazilian Cross-Cultural Mission Association was presented, Cassiano Batista da Luz who took over after Silas Tostes.
The Brazilian mission movement sets a model of leadership transition in mission, giving younger leaders a platform and a key role in advancing the mission engagement. Brazilian missions started more than hundred years ago but it was particularly in the 1970s that an autochthonous movement emerged with the formation of national organisations and a broader involvement in mission by the Brazilian churches. People like Jonathan dos Santos, Waldemar de Carvalho, Edson Queiros and the foreign missionaries Barbara Burns, Timothy Halls and Robert Harvey were among the pioneers of this emerging movement. In this 7 CBM four generations of leaders of the movement were present.
The main speaker of the event was Dr. Chris Wright who showed the consistency of God in fulfilling his promise to humankind through Abraham that the blessings of God would reach all the nations of the earth. The theme of the conference was “Realities that we can not ignore” and focused on the needs for the Gospel in several regions outside Brazil and on specific challenges within the country. The huge potential in the Brazilian churches with more than 30 million believers (excluding some of the syncretistic neo-Pentecostal movements) is still very much to be mobilised for mission
Among the highlights of the 7CBM was the launching of the Missionary Bible with introductions and commentaries to all the Bible books and written mainly by Brazilian theologians and missiologists. The Portuguese version of the Mission Commission book “Sorrow and Blood” was also presented at the conference. An encouraging production of mission literature was seen at the event with the launching of around 40 new mission books.
Please continue to engage on these and other topics by posting to the forum on the website, as we continue on this journey of being reflective mission practitioners.
Review by Adriaan Adams
I had the privilege to meet Ryan Shaw in 2006 during a visit to Bali, Indonesia. His passion for the student generation around the world spoke deep into my being, and was it great to have hosted him twice in South Africa.
His first book 'Waking the Giant' is widely used in the student circles of South Africa, and am I honoured to have received a copy of his new book 'Spiritual Equipping for Mission: Thriving as God's Message Bearers'.
Reading through the opening chapters, it quickly remind me of the integral need to be in an in-depth relationship with our Creator, so that we can understand and live that which he has created us for.
Tim Halls: “An article published in Christianity Today, in the USA, offers a practical reminder of the challenge we face in the MC for creating a community of reflective practitioners of mission from all the places of mission sending.
Africans are thinking, speaking and producing Biblical responses to the challenge of following Christ from Africa, but they are not writing about those issues, or creating a market for other Africans to publish about them. Though many of us are not from Africa, we still want to understand how God is leading the church into mission. We are burdened to find ways to gain access to the richness of the practice of Christ’s mission in and from Africa. How are African voices heard so that African leadership can influence thoughts and practices about mission from places other than Africa?
How can the MC web site open me, and others like me, to what Africans are learning as they follow Christ into His mission?"
One of the first and most influential training centres for mission turned 50 this year. In 1964 the All Nations Christian College was established in Easneye, Ware, UK, with the purpose to train mission candidates. During the 50 years of existence over 5,000 students have been prepared for cross-cultural mission within and outside the UK. On October 25th a special celebration was held at All Nations with the presence of many former students and tutors and two of the former principals, Dr Chris Wright and Rev. Joe Capolyo. The current director is Mike Wall who has together with his wife Ruth Wall developed new training courses together with a highly skilled faculty.
(Bertil Ekström - former student at All Nations)
News from our MC community
Here is a link to the newsletter of the Global Community of Mission Information Workers October, for interesting and helpful food for thought.
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Letter from Smyrna - more translations
Our Global Consultation "Letter from Smyrna" is now also available onour website in French. It is also available in German, Portuguese and Spanish.
William Taylor: “A word to my thoughtful missional colleagues as together we “read” the times (sons and daughters of Issacher). I am grateful to a friend from the Middle East for putting me on to this strong and helpful word. It is always of high value when someone “from the area” speaks with such courage into the reality. This is neither left nor right wing politics, but a careful reading of history, the Koran and the current terrorist franchise, ISIS, and it’s equally ferocious cousins, such as Boko Haram in Nigeria. I cannot say “enjoy” but rather thank God for our brother, Ayman S. Ibrahim, for the insights shared in “What Makes ISIS Appealing?”.
You can read the articlehere, and continue to pray.