Based upon the input of the Nikkei Brazilian churches, Pastor John has forwarded a recommendation to the JEMS Board of Directors that the 2020 South American summer mission in its present form be cancelled.
Having said that, it appears that the Brazil churches would be open to the idea of providing virtual programs such as English classes, Bible studies, discipleship and workshops in areas of expertise such as guitar or cooking via Zoom. This virtual program is still awaiting the input of the Brazil churches.
Your next steps: As an applicant, please notify me if you are interested in participating in this unique ministry opportunity, serving the Nikkei Brazilian church through distance-learning.
Clearly the majority of anticipated expenses for travel, housing, ministry costs, will be waived as there is no longer an onsite ministry. At most there will be some administrative costs from JEMS and some material costs, such as the purchase of a Zoom or Microsoft Teams account. Your participation in this program will still require the submission of a JEMS mission’s application, questionnaire and pastoral/Christian leader reference forms.
Thank you for your interest in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those in South America. JEMS is saddened by the turn of events caused by coronavirus. At the same time, I am certain that God will somehow utilize your desire to share Jesus with those at home, until such time the opportunity for overseas service presents itself again.