LCOP Mission Brazil 2014

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Our friends, brothers, and sisters of Missional Presbyterian Church of Buritis

Bom dia!

Thank you for your prayers and support for LCOP’s mission to Brazil this summer.

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And we’re off to Brazil!!!

God used the trip to bless our team members (Kaitlin Kim, Amy Trevino, Gabby Trevino, Clare Whalen, David Pritchard, Tana Pritchard, and Pastor James). As with all mission trips, our team was blessed far more than we were able to be a blessing to Brazil.

I’ve been telling our team for months that the mission field is not Brazil. We will make almost no impact to Brazil in the two weeks that we’re there. There are still hungry people, there is still much violence, there is still a great disparity between the rich and the poor, there are still millions of people who do not know Jesus in Brazil.

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Some of our friends from the English Immersion Camp
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Amy leading a small group discussion

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Our presence in Brazil had almost no impact on Brazil. However, the two weeks in Brazil can, and has had, a tremendous impact on our team.

The mission field was never Brazil. The mission field was always about the hearts of our members.

Being a missionary has nothing to do with location. Being a missionary has everything to do with our hearts. If our hearts are selfish and inwardly focused, then we could be in Africa or Brazil and still never be missionaries. However, if our hearts are kingdom focused, then whether we are in Africa or Brazil or Lakewood, we are missionaries for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, regardless of our location.

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Had the privilege to preach with my dear friend Pastor Robinho interpreting
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Coach David and Tana leading our football camp
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Football Camp

God is always a very wise investor. God invested these two weeks in order to touch hearts so that what God gets in return is the rest of our lives for kingdom service. The average age of our team was around 25. If everyone lives to be 80, then for two weeks of investment, God just got back 385 years of Christian service! God is a wise investor!!!

In reality, the mission trip for our team members is just starting. The rest of our lives will tell whether God’s mission in our lives was a success or not.

We will be going back to Brazil in 2015. We’re looking for folks who will join us. If you’re interested, please let pastors James or Brad know.

Obrigado!

God Creates; Mothers Raise; We Kill

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God Creates

Mothers Raise

We Kill

That was the graffiti that greeted the team from my church when we were visiting one of the favelas (slums) of Belo Horizonte.

We were told not to wear jewelry, watches, carry money, cameras or other things of value while we were walking through the favela.

This is a place where violence is too common, life is cheap, and where the drug lords reign.

With no prospects for jobs and education, if you’re born in a favela, the likelihood is you will die in a favela.

God Creates…Mothers Raise…We Kill.

It’s dark. It’s evil. It’s reality in the favela.

As we were nearing our walking visit to the favela, another graffiti was pointed out to us that read:

Kindness generates more kindness.

What an amazing contrast to the earlier graffiti.

These two graffiti represent two ways of looking at life.

You don’t have to live in a favela to know which one leads to life and which one perpetuates death.

Particularly when death and darkness seem to be all around, that’s when the light of kindness shines most bright.

Choose kindness.

Choose life.