March 10-13, 1998
The First International Congress on Church Planting among the Amazon River Populations was held March 10-13, 1998 in Manaus, Brazil. It was put on by the Brazil 2010 Project, the official thrust of the Saturation Church Planting Track of the AD 2000 Movement in Brazil. There were a total of 158 registered participants, representing 20 denominations and more than 10 mission agencies, and they came from 7 different countries. The covenant adopted at the end of the Congress follows:
We, the representatives of 20 denominations, from 3 states of the Amazon Region - Amazonas, Para' and Rondonia - at the First International Congress on Church Planting among the Amazon River Populations (including indigenous river communities and rural communities along the highways), meeting in Manaus, together with representatives of more than 10 mission organizations, March 10-13, 1998, after receiving information on the Northern Region (the States of Acre, Amapa', Amazonas, Para', Rondonia, Roraima and Tocantins) that there are approximately 33,000 river communities, and that there is an evangelical church in only 10% of them, and that there exist municipalities like Sao Paulo de Olivenca, Atalaia do Norte and others with only 1% believers, resolve to:
We give thanks to God for the way in which the churches and institutions have readily made available their experiences, research, radio services, plane, boats, courses and leadership tools, literature, and physical space. Feeling the weight of responsibility for our land, as expressed by the Apostle Paul (Romans 9:2), with the vision of Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:19-20, and with the willingness of Nehemiah, we sign this covenant. May the Lord bless us.
Manaus, March 13, 1998.
Note: The Northern/Amazon Region of Brazil has a population of about 11.5 million people of whom approximately 16% are evangelical Christians. Despite the fact that this region has the highest percentage of evangelicals in the country, the vastness of the land mass of the region, coupled with the fact that the population is divided up into about 33,000 river villages, result in the need to plant an additional 30,000 churches in order to have a viable Gospel witness in each community. In addition, there are about 100 Indian tribes in the region with no Scripture translated into their language nor missionary presence. Please pray for the National Brazil 2010 Congress schedules for June 1-3, 1998 where national Brazilian church leaders will be discussing goals and plans to plant the additional 150,000 to 200,000 churches needed in order to reach all of this vast nation.
Larry W. Kraft
National Research Coordinator
Vice-Coordinator of the Brazil 2010 Project
Brasil 2010 Project web site in English: http://www.infobrasil.org/br2010/dream
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