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Building Relationships with Our Sister Church in Brazil

In the bustling city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil -- a city of 2.7 million people – a small Presbyterian church on the Itapagipe peninsula faithfully serves its neighborhood.  Spokane FPC established a sister-church relationship with Igreja Presbiteriana Unida de Itapagipe in 1992 and we have continued this relationship over the years. Our primary support focus has been the ministry of AEPPI, their community center, which offers classes year-round to improve the lives of people from the surrounding community who lack education and work skills.

The history of the relationship between First Presbyterian Spokane and AEPPI began when Aureo and Cecelia dos Santos came to Spokane to teach at Whitworth College and serve as missionaries-in-residence at FPC in 1991. Aureo and Cecelia invited us to visit and participate in the activities of the Itapagipe church where he was serving as pastor. A team of 18, led by pastor David Peterson, joined with members of the church in Salvador in January, 1992 to improve the AEPPI facilities within the church building, to learn about the needs in the broader neighborhood and to worship together. The relationship between our two churches was formalized during that visit.

A second team of four people from FPC traveled to the Itapagipe church in 2001. This visit primarily focused on building relationships with members of the congregation through shared worship, community events and visits to classes being held at AEPPI.

FPC has continued to support the work of AEPPI over the following years, but we need to make connections with the current leaders in order to know how to offer support in the future. To that end, we are pleased that one of the leaders, José Augusto Amorim Cunha, also known as “Junior”, will be with us for a 9-day visit from February 27- March 9.  He was a young leader during our visit in 2001, and continues to serve in leadership for the Itapagipe church and AEPPI. Junior’s warmth and eagerness to build relationships and share the work of their ministry drew us to him.

Junior will participate in TNL on March 5 and in the worship services on March 8. We are thrilled that we are able to introduce him to our congregation and our local ministries, show him some Spokane highlights and learn from him about the current work of AEPPI and life in Brazil.

All of us who have been privileged to have cross-cultural experiences know the importance of connecting with people who graciously introduce us to their setting and hear our story. Might you like to host Junior in your home for a meal with friends? Or, perhaps accompany him to see some of our local ministries or take him on a “highlight” tour of Spokane?

Please contact Mary Frankhauser, 448-0805 or mfrankhauser@gmail.com with questions or ideas for introducing Junior to our church and community.


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