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Brasa Baptist Church in England: strategies and motivations to send brazilian missionaries abroad
This works aims to discuss and analyse the process of transnationalization of a Brazilian small church from the southern of Brazil called BRASA Baptist Church (BBC) which has sent, in two decades, more than 200 Brazilians to England to help two local English churches, one in the city of Stortford Bishop called The Hub Church, and another in the city of Bognor Regis called Open Gate Church. In order to send Brazilian missionaries to England, two English language schools were opened with the help of the English churches. Once these schools were opened, many Brazilians traveled to England, lived and congregate in the English churches mentioned above. This experience unleashed several culture tensions, which called for strategies of adaptation and survival on both Brazilian and English members. Understanding the process of how this Brazilian church transnationalization takes place in both countries helps to shed light on how Brazilian Pentecostalism has been rapidly growing in Europe, on its strategies to overcome culture differences and adapt to the local culture to get their message transposed, and on comprehending the globalization of Pentecostalism. The methodology which has been applied is an ethnography multisited, with semi-structured interviews with Brazilians living in Brazil and Brazilians living in England, and participant observation.