Continuing a series of posts from my book Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World, let us consider the story of the first indigenous Brazilian missions organization
Missão Antioquia (Antioch Mission) excerpted from pp. 55-56:
In the midst of a charismatic renewal in the state of Paraná in the late 1960s, two young Presbyterian pastors, Jonathan Ferreira dos Santos and Décio de Azevedo, founded a Bible school. Preaching, prayer, healing, miracles, and holistic ministry to the surrounding communities characterized the school’s existence in this continual atmosphere of renewal. Though the school’s leadership was initially resistant to the idea of global missions, American missionary Barbara Burns and others who taught at the school were instrumental in sharing a global vision. As the community began to pray for the world, the first missionaries were sent to Portuguese-speaking Mozambique in the mid-1970s. Hence, not unlike the atmosphere of revival that first moved North Americans and others to Brazil in the mid-nineteenth century, revival within Brazil also pushed Brazilians to take
notice of the rest of the world.
In 1975, the school went one step farther and founded Missão Antioquia (Antioch Mission), Brazil’s first interdenominational and national missions organization. Azevedo was named the mission’s first president. In 1977, the mission opened a seminary and missionary training center in Paraná, which, along with the mission, moved to São Paulo in 1980.
Missão Antioquia currently has ninety-two Brazilian missionaries on the field in nineteen countries—four of which are serving in Arab countries in North Africa and the Middle East. According to their website, their primary areas of ministry include evangelism, discipleship, church planting, children’s ministry, community development, and sports ministry, among others. The mission has not only sent Brazilian workers overseas, but it has modeled a spirit of unity and partnership through initiating the Associação de Missões Transculturais Brasileiras (Association of Transcultural Missions Agencies).
To learn more about Missão Antioquia, visit their Portuguese only site HERE.
3/6/2015 08:37:51 am
Pastor Jonathan Dos Santos and wife Elsa were instrumental in encouraging and interceding for launching the first Missionary Training Center A.L.M.A. in Asuncion, Paraguay South America. The late Pastor Richard E. Gwinn first visited Missao Antioquia in the year 1987 where he attended a conference and met Pastor Dos Santos. I would like very much re-connect with Pastor Jonathan and his wife Elsa and their daughter who studied in England.
3/6/2015 09:57:32 pm
Thanks for your comment. I don't have contact with Pr. dos Santos but you can probably make contact through the MA web site.
3/7/2015 11:20:52 pm
Ok. Thank you.
11/21/2015 09:24:08 pm
Greetings, I am bishop Joseph N Raju, born and brought up in India extensively using by God in Teaching, preaching , caring for orphans widows and youth , we have been planting churches in the remote village, apart from this that I would like to have friendship and fellowship with likeminded people to promote the better work, and knowing each other for communication to know the other side of the world what is happening and learning good things from you, I am cordially inviting you to visit our churches, orphanage and School
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