Anglicans from all regions in the Americas are gathering in Costa Rica to share a mutual responsibility in Mission and find ways for more efficient cooperation between Provinces and dioceses.
After a long period of preparation, which includes conference calls, the meeting becomes reality with the presence of leaders representing the provinces such as five of the seven Primates, Provincial Secretaries and others leaders in a diversity of orders and involvement within their Provinces.
Celebration, Bible study and presentation of what each Province is doing under the light of five marks of the Anglican Mission has been shared in the midst of a very attentive and respectful attitude.
In his opening message of the meeting, Archbishop Martin Barahona said that the responsibility of Anglicans in this part of the world is to stand together, united for an effective witness of the Gospel values.
The director of Mission of the Anglican Communion, Reverend John Kafwanka addressed to the plenary a reflection on the nature of the Mission. In his speech he said that the mission is not something that the Church does, but it is something inherent to the nature of the God's people. The purpose of the Mission is welcome, he said, and welcome all humanity in Christ. And in a world that now faces the challenge of an economic crisis, the success of the Mission depends on the sharing of gifts and creativity.
The presentations that each Province has done, show the richness of a work that is done in such different contexts but with the same feeling: the commitment to ministry to the world.
The Province of Brazil feels honored to participate in this historic moment and expressed the hope that we can learn from each other and serve as foundation for a process of practical cooperation between our province in the Americas. The challenges are great but the love of God is greater!