YouTube - Samuel Escobar - Latin America
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The Church in Latin America
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00:00:00 00:00:04 Latin America is a variety of cultural situations.
00:00:05 00:00:06 It's not just a uniform block.
00:00:07 00:00:12 You have places like Brazil, where there is 150 million people,
00:00:12 00:00:14 and where the Church, has grown significantly.
00:00:15 00:00:19 Brazilians have been sending missionaries since the beginning of the 20th century,
00:00:20 00:00:24 to Europe, and Africa.
00:00:24 00:00:28 Also, there are places like Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador,
00:00:29 00:00:32 where there are Indian minorities, native minorities,
00:00:33 00:00:35 same in Guatemala and Mexico.
00:00:35 00:00:39 And the Gospel has been a factor for social transformation there.
00:00:39 00:00:42 The growth of the Gospel in Latin America,
00:00:42 00:00:46 has been especially significant in the urban world,
00:00:46 00:00:51 with people who have been displaced from the rural areas, and who are homeless.
00:00:52 00:00:57 The popular Churches, especially, have become a home for the homeless,
00:00:57 00:01:00 which is what Peter says in his 1st Espiscle.
00:01:01 00:01:04 So, we see some of the patterns that are in the New Testament,
00:01:05 00:01:07 taking place also in Latin America.
00:01:08 00:01:15 At the same time, we are concerned that there is a lack of depth to this.
00:01:15 00:01:22 And that we need leaders, we need to train leaders fast, as fast as possible,
00:01:22 00:01:25 to keep up with the new miracle growth.
00:01:27 00:01:30 We are concerned also with the fact
00:01:30 00:01:33 that after a 150 years of Protestant missionary work,
00:01:34 00:01:39 we have a kind of evangelical nominalism in some of the older Churches.
00:01:40 00:01:44 And at the same time, we would like to connect with the new Mega Church movements.
00:01:44 00:01:52 Some of which, use practices of popular religiosity,
00:01:53 00:01:54 that are popular among Roman Catholics,
00:01:54 00:01:59 which are more syncretistic, so we see the use of 'blessed water',
00:01:59 00:02:04 of external signs, and we are concerned for that.
00:02:04 00:02:07 So, I think, we need what Laussane has,
00:02:07 00:02:10 which is the Evangelistic passion on the one side,
00:02:11 00:02:14 and the reflection on practice, on the other side.
00:02:15 00:02:19 That it that you try to evaluate what you do,
00:02:19 00:02:22 and what it happening, Biblically and theologically,
00:02:23 00:02:26 so, that you can make corrections along the way.
00:02:27 00:02:30 And, now we have the phenomenon of immigration.
00:02:31 00:02:35 Latin Americans have gone to Europe. They have gone to the United States.
00:02:35 00:02:38 Many of them work in the Arab countries.
00:02:38 00:02:44 And they are a diaspora, used in the Jewish world,
00:02:44 00:02:47 for those that were exiled.
00:02:47 00:02:49 We could say they are a diaspora,
00:02:50 00:02:51 that has a missionary vision.
00:02:51 00:02:55 And right now, in Spain, where I live, and work,
00:02:56 00:03:01 we are seeing how the Churches that have been a bit inward looking
00:03:01 00:03:04 because of years of persecution, can now take advantage
00:03:04 00:03:09 of a new situation of religious freedom to evangelize.
00:03:09 00:03:12 And Latin Americans are being used in that.
00:03:13 00:03:15 At the same time, Spanish churches are being challenged
00:03:15 00:03:19 to do something about the material needs of immigrants.
00:03:20 00:03:23 And that takes us back to the emphasis of Laussane,
00:03:23 00:03:29 on putting together proclamation and quality of persons, and social concern.
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