Working with the Diocese of South Carolina to reach the Hispanic community with the goal of planting and growing biblical Anglican congregations locally and throughout the Americas. We work in partnership with more than 60 Anglican Churches in Latin America including Chile, Peru, Cuba, Brazil, and Mexico who are actively doing the same. It is also our goal to assist local congregations in partnering with Latin leaders and churches in the Global South.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
by Deacon Roger Griffin
Combined meeting with several local clergy, a group from Grace Anglican, Fleming Is, Fl and a group from Worchester, England - including their bishop. 40(-+) people in all. Also attending was Ian Montgomery, assistant to the previous bishop of Peru.
When he returned to Lima he told his Catholic bishop that he wanted to become Anglican and have a family. The bishop got angry and threw him out but never excommunicated him. After several years the bishop sent an assistant and asked Jorge, "Are you happy as an Anglican priest?" Jorge replied, "Yes. Very much so." Then the assistant asked, "Do you think it's of God?" Again, Jorge responded in the affirmative. "Based on this," said the assistant, "the Bishop sends you his blessing."
"Of course," says Bishop Jorge, "When I became Bishop, my old boss became angry with me again. But he'll calm down after a while."
Jorge has been a bishop for two years, one year as assistant to Bishop Godwin and one year as Diocesan Bishop. He worked for several years as an Anglican minister in the diocese, is well respected and understands well his country, his church and the problems they face.
Spent most of the day with Fr Anderson Sánchez, traveling around Lima and visiting his ministries. Anderson speaks good English, is energetic and manages two missions as well as his church He is also a wealth of information and experience.
After a long day and many delays we finally made it to Arequipa and a comfortable bed. We were greeted by Fr. Carlos Quispe, Dean of Arequipa and Fr Ricardo Vergara.
Bishop Godwin attempted to form Peru into its own province. To do this he formed Peru into four deaneries with a bishop over each. It is well understood in Peru and the rest of the province that the Church there is far from being ready to form its own province.
Arequipa is very American friendly. A little more of a commitment to get to but much more livable for groups that might not be able to take the pressures of Lima.
Both areas we visited have great opportunities for potential partnerships.
There are several other places, like Cusco, for example, where Bishop Mesco wants to plant a church, that also offer good opportunities for partnerships that could be explored for those able to make more of a commitment to travel time.
What they need - and what we need - are healthy, honest fraternal relationships, encouragement and understanding. Yes, there are financial needs but instead of simply giving money we should take the time to build the relationships that will develop creative ways of working together. The Church in Peru does not need us to teach, preach or evangelize. They don't need us to build, paint or repair anything. They are very capable and can get these jobs done much more efficiently than we can.
Peru, like in many areas of the world, developed under a very paternalistic formula of partnerships where the foreigners supported and did most everything. That is somewhat still the tendency with many but they are wanting to break out of that pattern and form genuine fraternal relationships where we learn to walk and work together.
Friday, April 14, 2017
I’d heard testimonies and stories, but after experiencing first hand what must be one of the most dynamic group of Anglican churches, I’m more excited than ever to gather together there later this year.
I believe that the church in Brazil has a key role to play in the future of the Gospel and of mission throughout the Americas and the rest of the world. There is much those of us from over countries can learn and receive.
In the following I’ll briefly highlight several missional characteristics I observed of the Brazilian church.
CREATIVITY IN MISSION
COMPASSION IN MISSION
TECHNOLOGY IN MISSION
THE HISTORY OF A MOVEMENTThe Brazilian church has a fascinating history not unlike that of the ACNA. In 2004 after decades of fighting to remain true to the Gospel in the midst of the liberal Episcopal Province of Brazil, the diocese of Recife separated from the province and for a period of time came under the covering of the then named Province of the Southern Cone with Archbishop Greg Venables. In 2008, with the formation and the first gathering of GAFCON in Jerusalem, as a diocese they came under GAFCON’s covering as the ACNA was also similarly forming. Finally finding stability within this new orthodox structure, a period of mission and multiplication began. (To read more of this story, see the story on GAFCON’s blog here).
Now, 12 years later, they’ve planted 35 congregations coming to a total of 47 congregations spread throughout Brazil and have begun the process of becoming a province. On June 3rd, 3 new bishops will be consecrated who will be tasked with supervising different regions of the country. Also, at GAFCON’s request the Anglican Church in Brazil (ACB- Diocese of Recife) is beginning to provide episcopal covering for orthodox Anglican congregations in Central America and the North of South America who no longer in good conscience can stay within their dioceses or provinces. The first congregation to enter this new province in formation in this way is Iglesia Anglicana La Vid in Bogotá, Colombia.
WALKING TOGETHER (CAMINEMOS JUNTOS) IN THE AMERICASThis theme for this year’s conference is: PASSION FOR THE AMERICAS: EQUIPPING, MOBILIZING, PLANTING. The Brazilian evangelical church has a long history and tradition of mobilizing and sending, having recently become the 2nd largest country in terms of numbers of overseas missionaries sent. Part of our hopes for this year’s conference is to learn from Brazil’s example of church planting and multiplication and together learn how to further equip the Global South churches like Brazil and Chile to send missionaries and church planters throughout the Americas and the world.
With all this in mind, I invite you to begin the process of forming the team with which you will be coming to Recife in October for the conference. I believe that this gathering is key for the future of the church in the Americas and will be a profoundly transformational time, not only for each individual but also for each region and country represented. I invite you to begin praying, both for the resources to be able to come, and for the people that the Lord is calling you to bring with you. Maybe you are asking: Who can I bring with me? Who is this gathering for? As a movement we believe that the mission of God is for all the people of God. This year’s conference will be especially powerful for youth, songwriters/worship leaders, for those exploring a missionary call and for those interesting in evangelism, discipleship and church planting.
We encourage you to get the most out of your trip and time. There will be pre-conference events beginning October 3rd and congregational visits after the conference on October 8th. We encourage everyone who can to arrive Monday the 2nd and return Sunday evening or Monday morning the 9th.
For those limited in time who can only attend the actual conference, please arrive Wednesday October 4th and plan on departing Saturday, October 7th. You won’t regret this investment in the future of the Church and her mission throughout the Americas.
-Rev. Jonathan Kindberg
Co-Coordinador of the Caminemos Juntos movement