Resistance and Acceptance

Resistencia's peatonal

The Peatonal, Resistencia's pedestrian shopping boulevard

We’ve spent the past week settling into our house and acquainting ourselves with Disciples of Christ churches in this northeastern corner of Argentina. We’re based in Resistencia, a city of about 360,000 residents and the capital of Chaco province. Resistencia was established in 1878, and developed thanks to rise of the tannin industry and the expansion of agriculture. The city is said to be named for its successful resistance against indigenous attacks in the 1800s.

Resistencia, as you might have guessed, is the origin of the word “resistance” in our blog title. Putting aside for the moment the city’s history with indigenous peoples, the word “resistance” holds many meanings for us as missionaries with the Disciples of Christ (DOC) in Argentina and Paraguay. For example, DOC churches played an active role in resisting the political violence in both countries in the 1960s and 70s.  This political engagement remains an important part of church identity. On a personal level, “resistance” acknowledges the challenges that James and I, and I suspect many others, often face in hearing God’s voice in our lives.

The “acceptance” part of our blog title comes from Asunción, the capital of Paraguay and another city in which we’ll be working. “Asunción” officially refers to the Assumption of Mary into heaven at the end of her life (an event celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and Orthodox Christians), but it can also be translated as “acceptance.”

Again, the word “acceptance” conveys many meanings relevant to our work as missionaries. This afternoon, James and I listened as some pastors discussed the need to accept the fact that Argentine society is changing, and to adapt to those changes in order to better serve the community and grow their congregations. And on a personal level again, James and I are learning to hear and accept God’s call, and we’re also learning to accept, and to pass on, the heartfelt welcome we’ve received so far here in Argentina.

In short, the concepts of resistance and acceptance refer to not only our geographic location, but also to the historical and spiritual contexts in which we find ourselves here in the Southern Cone. We will use this blog to reflect on these two words over the year to come. Whether you’re Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, a secular agnostic, or an atheist, we invite you to ruminate on the relationship between resistance and acceptance in your life.

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