Last weekend, I had the privilege to travel 890 km (550 miles for the gringos) to another capital city, Goiânia, to take part in our annual weekend retreat with the CCP this year. Our investigation of Goiânia is fruit of many connections in and around Brazil, USA and the CO network, and of the FIFA World Cup making it difficult to have a CCP in Belo Horizonte this year.
Students from the Federal University of Goiás (UGF) and the Catholic University of Goiás (PUC-Goiás) and the Cross-Culutral Project (CCP) from Campus Outreach Atlanta took the weekend off to travel outside the city and continue the theme of their weekly discussion groups: "O Que Te Move?" in Português - "What Moves You?" in English. A group of 45 people made the trip, and I loved being a part of this weekend and seeing first-hand how the CCP has connected with students from Goiânia.
The theme "What Move You?" was used in 4 sessions with 2 extended discussion groups and the use of a movie Elysium. Alan Andrioni, our UFMG Campus Director in Belo Horizonte, did a great job weaving the idea of the underlying human desires for eternity and love through the storyline of Elysium, quotes from past philosophers, theologians, and from the Bible itself concerning how Jesus spoke of those exact same things. I served as translator for Alan and for the discussion groups.
Lastly, the CO staff from Belo Horizonte spent Sunday evening with the church that is receiving and helping our CCP during their stay in Goiânia, Igreja Presbiteriana Luz. It was privilege to be with them and hear their gratitude and excitement for what is going on at the universities of their city.