As I prepare for the upcoming trip in Boyacá, Colombia, I am reminded of Chuck Van Engen’s definition of mission. Chuck says:
“Mission is the intentional crossing of barriers from Church to non-church to proclaim by word and deed the coming of the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ, through the Church’s participation in God’s mission of reconciling people to God, to themselves, to each other, and to the world, and gathering them into the Church through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ
by the work of the Holy Spirit with a view to the transformation of the world as a sign of the coming of the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ.”
I am especially impacted by the words, “. . . through the Church’s participation in God’s mission of reconciling people to God, to themselves, to each other, and to the world, and gathering them into the Church through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.”
The conference is located in a province nearly 4 hours outside of the the capital Bogotá. This is actually a very important meeting for Latin American Christians. The conference is called the “IV Encuentro Latinoamericano,” The IV Latin American and Caribbean Encounter. The conference is the culmination of “The Year of The Child” in Latin America. This is God’s People coming together, participating in the mission of God to care for children who have been totally neglected. It is so exciting to see the Community of God in Latin America seeking to reconcile young people to each other and to God. I certainly count it a privilege to join brothers and sisters in Christ in this task.
One of the things I hope to accomplish is to deepen relationships in hopes of encouraging people to get involved in the development of a training program focused on Children at Risk workers in San José, Costa Rica. This is especially exciting to me. I look forward to sharing my report with you in a few weeks!
Thanks for Praying!