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South America: A New Partnership and a New Initiative Featured

Written by  Greater Nashville Church of Christ Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:44

Steve and Diane Brown have been committed to the spread of the gospel in the Spanish-speaking world for almost 40 years. In April they will begin an exciting two-year initiative to strengthen connections among the Spanish-speaking churches in South America as well as their sister churches in the United States.
steve and diane brown, southeastern mission alliance, greater nashville church, icocThis plan is a joint effort between the Florida and Mid-South churches. The Florida Mission Council (FMC) has been allied with churches in Brazil and the southern part of South America, affectionately known as “The Southern Cone.” The Southeastern Mission Alliance (SEMA), representing churches in the Mid-South, has been allied with the churches in Northern South America — Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru–known as “The Andean Group.” We are thankful for and excited about this new partnership among U.S. churches.

The effort will begin with nine months in Buenos Aires, Argentina — part of the Southern Cone — at the invitation of Sebastian and Sarai Serra, leaders of the church there. Steve and Diane were part of two separate mission teams to Buenos Aires, and hope to connect with past members, build bridges in that city as well as provide added support to the Serras. In 2015 the plan involves the Browns returning to Nashville for three months before going again to South America to work with the churches in the Andean Group. In this phase, they will focus on training leaders, with a special emphasis on working with mature disciples with a goal of seeing elders appointed. To this point there are no elders in any of the churches in South America.

We are grateful for their inspiring example, with Steve dealing with MS and Diane giving up her work as a nurse practitioner. We are confident that the churches in South America will be helped by this new faith chapter in their lives.

1 Comment
  • Brenda Murray
    Posted at 09:07h, 19 August Reply

    Awesome!!! Excellent!! Happy for the churches. For Steve and Diane and for all the lives influenced Heart and Prayers with You!

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