Day 1, The Adventure Begins

Trip Start Jul 26, 2013
Trip End Aug 11, 2013

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Flag of Mozambique  , Inhambane,
Monday, July 29, 2013

Grace and peace in the name of our Savior! I write to you as the AUMC team sits awaiting our flight to Imhanbane, Mozambique from Johannesburg, South Africa. We are thankful that the first leg of our trip was uneventful, and solicit your prayers for further safe travel.

This is my second trip to Mozambique, and I am excited about the prospect of greeting our old friends and making new ones. As you all may know, we go there to help construct a dormitory for the male students at Cambine Seminary. I will also be teaching at the seminary during our time here.

These students are preparing themselves to lead in the developing of sustainable infrastructure for communities that are in great need. That we can contribute to that effort is one of the many ways in which we are making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our subject matter will engage just that: we will be teaching on the subject of the theology of evangelism. That might seem odd to some. After all, the churches of the African continent outstrip North America in numerical growth.  My concern, however, goes beyond the mere numbers, and points to the core conviction of why we do what we do.

For the past fifty years or so, the evangelistic enterprise has taken some odd trends and turns, from some of the sad television evangelists (that have given evangelism a really bad name), to proponents of a social gospel that focuses on mission, to the one on one evangelism that argues for a "decision for Christ" and focuses on personal salvation, and the like. Many of these have lost their appeal or their effectiveness.

In my opinion, and in several others, that may be because we have lost the connection to the one who is both the proclaimer and the proclaimed. How that is understood both Biblically and theologically will be what is taught in the hope that it will cement a solid theology of evangelism that will not only serve the present, but be foundational for a bright future as well.

Beyond that, I always am inspired by missional engagement. To see how much our brothers and sisters are able to accomplish with the little that we have fills me with an energy to return to do more with the abundance we share. To receive the hospitality they offer makes me ever more determined that we share our hospitality with all of our neighbors as well.

Well, we are now on board and, as you know, we must "turn off all electronic devices, fasten our seat belts, and return our seats and trays to their upright position."


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