One Another: A Memoir of Faith and Friendship

One Another: A Memoir of Faith and Friendship

by Ken Lottis


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Here is a memoir written for our increasingly impersonal, lonely, and distrustful age. Author Ken Lottis demonstrates that it is possible to develop strong, intimate, long-term friendships. One Another--written with humor, spiritual insight, and transparency--will inspire readers to live for what matters most: the people in our lives.

In the mid-1960s, Ken and his college friend, Jim Petersen, along with their wives and small children, embarked on a surprising Brazilian adventure. Moving from the United States to Brazil, they settled in the southern city of Curitiba during an era of deep political and social turmoil. Overcoming false suspicions that they were CIA agents, Ken and Jim began to develop friendships with university students. They presented the students with an authentic opportunity to learn more about Jesus through the Scriptures-without any connection to traditional religious practices or structures.

This freedom gave their Brazilian friends the space to think about life's biggest questions and to strengthen friendships within the context of normal Brazilian routines. Gradually, these relationships extended organically to include classmates, hometown sweethearts, and relatives. What emerged--and continues today--is a simple but powerful expression of friendship and faith. Ken and Jim learned that the New Testament model for church is entirely relational. The Brazilians taught them that our deepest human needs are best served when we love one another and live for God in daily life.

One Another will fill your mind with ideas for how to invest in your relationships and deepen your faith in God without religious structures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780960022526
Publisher: Global Commerce Network
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 990,520
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Ken Lottis was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. He is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he earned a BA in history. After graduation in 1958, Ken served with The Navigators on college campuses and servicemen's centers. In 1963, he and his wife, Carol, accepted an invitation to team up with Jim and Marge Petersen in Brazil. Together they embarked on a two-decade adventure that resulted in profound, lasting friendships and a vibrant expression of Christian faith. Ken died in 2015. Carol continues to serve her family and friends where she lives in the state of Washington.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction: Feijoada: More Than Just a Meal 15

Part One: 1964–1968

1. Praying on the People Street 19

2. Speaking the Language, Understanding

the Culture 25

3. More Language, More Culture 31

4. Big Bucks and Big Shoes 35

5. Keys to a House and Keys to the Kingdom 41

6. Finding the Thread 45

7. Identity and Identification 51

8. No Easy Decisions 57

9. Sunday Mornings 63

Part Two: 1969–1976

10. Return and Regroup 73

11. Brazilian University Student Versus

National Geographic 79

12. Invading Porto Alegre 87

13. Crossing the Bridge in Florianópolis 95

14. What Happens After Graduation? 99

15. Working Ourselves Out of a Job 105

16. Changing Roles, Changing Cities 109

17. Camels, Horses, and Big Sundays 117

18. Surviving in São Paulo 125

19. Marriages, Children, and Minot 133

Part Three: 1977–1987

20. Form and Function 143

21. The Five As 151

22. Allelon — It’s All About Relationships 163

23. Sex and Lies, Bribes and Taxes 171

24. A Matter of Life and Death 185

25. Will This Rock in Rio? 193

26. The Jigsaw Puzzle 203

27. Sorting Out the Options 213

28. Leaving the Crowd Behind — Again 223

Appendix A: Allelon Bible Study 227

Appendix B: Six Critical Factors for a Multiplying Ministry

(by Jim Petersen) 229

Notes for Appendix B 247

About the Author 249

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