Above is the medical boat used by Central Brazil Mission in their efforts to reach Amazon villages for Christ. I have made two trips on this boat and one on her predecessor.
I grew up in a western, modern, small town church. My learning about church and church life was strictly first world twentieth century.
As we approached the twenty-first century and the “second half” of my adult life God led me into some third world churches that forever changed my thinking.
While I still see the modern American church needs some attractional features to reach a consumer -driven society, time spent in Mexico, Africa, & Brazil has brought into sharp focus the fact that relationships are central to faith.
In third world settings without a worship team, projector, videos, & the like it suddenly becomes all about showing Jesus in terms of love and relationship. There isn’t much else.
We just spent over $3,000 on AC repair. As I think about that I have to wonder if we are investing as much value in building a relationship where discipleship can prosper?