Several years have gone by since we first began sowing the idea here in Paraguay where mission agencies, national churches, and individuals work in strategic partnerships with First Nations churches and their Christian organizations to jointly fulfill the Great Commission.
The greatest obstacle we have faced is a lack of trust toward one another. Trust is built. It takes hard work, and it is very easily lost because of lack of communication or wild assumptions. For some, it is harder to trust than for others, and it takes more effort to overcome prejudice.
Since 2014, we have organized six forums where people meet, dialogue, and exchange ideas on what is involved in ministry among First Nations people groups.
Our 7th meeting was held this month at the newly acquired property of Letra Paraguay, a Paraguayan Bible Translation organization.
Mike walked everyone through the historical background of the gathering and the direction we are headed.
After the meeting, Ache Bible Translator, Eliseo Chachugi, tearfully embraced Mike and said, I finally understand what it is you are doing! You are bringing people together that are going to strengthen the First Nations churches to fulfill the Great Commission together!
It was clarified that for now, we would remain a movement and not start a new organization. Our focus for the next few months will be to continue deepening our relationships and to allow God to use those to enrich each one of our ministries.
Tom Stout, director of SIM Paraguay, joined our meetings on Skype, by using Mike’s cell phone. Through technology, he was able to attend the meeting all the way from the USA!
Continue to pray for the missions movement in Paraguay!