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Inspiration. Innovation. Multiplication.
Prepared by Matthew Z. Daniels October 2010
wondering if anyone remembers her name. 3. Known for a century as “the graveyard of missions. San Geronimo sits on a hilltop in the shadow of the Uruguayan sierras overlooking the sea just minutes off the coastal highway. and material poverty. Lost until God Himself would intervene were oneness with God.” Uruguay is the only nation where Christmas was legally changed to “Family Day” and Easter called “Tourism Week. social innovation. one does not have to look far. For them. the most secular state in the Western Hemisphere. “Seek and save that which was lost.” 2.2 Innovation Among our community are Christ-followers and not-yet Christ followers with brilliant ideas that can make lasting positive change in the areas of spiritual renewal.San Geronimo Center This summary proposes the purchase and reform of a 20-acre coastal estate formerly owned by Stuart and Irene Heath into a center for the multiplication of churches. A place where humankind is seen as the absolute greatest good and politics is seen as the key to salvation. TOTAL PROJECT COST: $350.0 Cultural Background How does this poverty show up in Uruguay? Even with all its beauty and relative prosperity. and oneness with creation. post-Christian generation in Uruguay. creation care. the Southern Cone region. Four great losses. we lost four crucial relationships that have left us poverty-stricken on all fronts. innovation of social enterprises. and throughout Latin America. Located halfway to the South American resort mecca of Punta del Este. social fairness.0 Theological Rationale: Restoring Four poverties According to Genesis 2-3. Itʼs a place where everyone knows someone who has been a victim of suicide.” (Luke 19:10). resource and coaching center on the coast 40 minutes outside of Montevideo where our mission is to join Christ in reconciling a lost world to God through spiritual inspiration. oneness with ourselves. and . And Jesus with one soul mission. 3. A place once called the “Switzerland of South America” that now stares in the mirror like an aged and forgotten debutante. when humankind chose their own way rather than Godʼs. and outreach among the post-modern.1 Inspiration We are networked with thousands of non-believers in Montevideo who are eager to grow personally and who are attracted to open dialogue about Jesus. At San Geronimo.000 “The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost. and leadership multiplication of Christ-centered communities among the global-emerging cultures in Uruguay. Four areas of poverty.0 A Mission of Reconciliation The San Geronimo project is a 20-acre leadership training. 3. and one of the highest depression rates in the world. research. oneness with each other. 1. they can brainstorm. San Geronimo is a creative safe-haven lead by Christ-followers who love them unconditionally and who they trust enough to invite into their own journey.”. Jesus remembers her name.
Advisors John Cochran. Bless the nation through spiritual and leadership development of entrepreneurs and spiritual leaders as well as through the encouragement of micro-business and social enterprise. San Geronimo is part Research and Development. and agents of change. who tackle societal problems by more fully incarnating Christ into society. imbued with the Holy Spirit. lay apologist. pastors. members of our local church community Noemí Delgado. and coaching nascent missional initiatives. and is led by Matthew Daniels. Director of Graduate program in Social Enterprise. accountant (Pat) Diego and Alison Hill.0 Current Programs at the Center One-on-one Executive Coaching Retreats Searching Conversations for Seekers Hospitality Weekends Church-plantersʼ leadership cohort (in development) Annual Christian Associates South American Leadership Summit (in development) . hobby farmer.3 Multiplication Inspiration and innovation spread beyond one center on a hilltop. and the clarity to know the essentials they need to hold on to.network with experts from across the world in theological education. high creative function and courage. hospitality. nurse anesthetist. Our vision is for an everexpanding network of practitioners of another way of living the Church. Uruguay. inspiring. For these people. the San Geronimo Center. Independent investor and consultant Dr. 4. development. Associate Pastor Harvest Bible Chapel. 5. Become fully self-sufﬁcient and support a two-person staff within three years. would seek and save that which was lost on every corner of the nation and beyond.0 Project Partners The San Geronimo project is a partnership between Christian Associates. and the El Living church community of Montevideo. and other areas as the seeds of an idea germinate and begin to grow. Serve as a seedbed for missional-incarnational church-planting movements in the Southern Cone through blessing. 3. Disciple to Christ a generation of Uruguayans.0 Objectives Our over-arching objectives are as follows. Church leaders and their teams also gain the tools they need to engage culture. part nursery for new dreams. 4. We see a graceﬁlled grassroots movement in which small companies of men and women engage their neighborhoods and societies spiritually and socially. and usability. artists. the courage they need to try new things. 2. gifting the Latin America as a whole with theologians. 3. Michael Cooper. training. through them. Quad Cities Jeff Fitzpatrick. Develop a ﬁrst-rate facility focusing on beauty. Trinity Graduate School Michael and Pat Harper. 1. and that Jesus. Uruguayan social worker and non-proﬁt consultant 6. 5. and the Trinity Graduate School program for Cultural Engagement. commerce. professionals.
000 $350. While located close to the coast. creative volunteerism The Missional Café: a coffee shop in Montevideo as a base of ministry in the city. 7. a garage. The estate will be owned and operated locally. ultimately becoming self-sustaining. funded through grants. a chapel. Our total project costs are US$350.500 Start-up Funding Start-up Expenses to Fund (construction.6.700 $3.800 $350. an atelier. The Rice House project: turning rice waste into ﬁreproof low-income housing.500 $225. operations. The Luthier Project: aims at employment & promotion of fair practices in the industry.000 $50.000 $100.000 $100. the property will have two furnished houses with ﬁve bedrooms which can lodge up to eighteen people at one time. legal)" " Fundraising Expenses" " Total Funding Required! " Desired Capital Investment Breakdown! Planned Investment from Foundations" Investment from Churches" Investment from Founding Partners" Additional Investors" Total Planned Investment" ! " " " " " " " " ! ! $110.org .1 Current Projects in development with the Center • • • • Serve the City Uruguay: open NGO which promotes practical. lighting)" Total Assets! ! ! " " ! $225.0 Financials Start-up expenses are reasonable. The center will be energy and water independent and secure. ofﬁce.000. and workshop. Contact Information Matt and Toni Daniels Phone: 901.org www. A similar center in the US or UK would be three to ﬁve times the price.sangeronimo. renewable energy)" Short-term Assets (furnishing.com Website: www. donations.1613 Email: arteyfe@mac. Start-up Assets! Long-term Assets (property purchase. and inspiring without going “over the top” in expense. it is at the same time distant enough from the most popular tourist destination to make it a good value for the investment. Donation streams will be channeled through Christian Associates for the project and then given to the Uruguayan organization through a qualiﬁed grant agreement.473.000 $100. The quality-level of the reform plan will be to make the lodgings comfortable. attractive.000 Upon completion of purchase and investment. though higher than expected for a “third-world” economy.000 $10.mattandtoni.
30 minutes from international airport. potential for self-sufficiency. Located on nearly 20 acres. close to Sierras. easily parks 15 vehicles. Outbuildings consist of two garages and three stone buildings dating from 1820’s. sea. and excellent wind. Property price includes all assets currently on the property. Hilltop location provides view of Sierras. Principal house in excellent condition.000 volume biblical theological library.0 Photos 45 minutes outside of Montevideo. . land conditions for sustainability. Original owners were lay preacher-businessman and spouse. woods. open spaces. House fully furnished and includes 1. walking paths. solar.8.
Entryway lined with Eucalyptus trees leads out to groves of Citrus and Eucalyptus plantations surrounding the estate. . Spaces for reflection and conversation abound. Current usage include monthly leadership gathering of CA Uruguay faith community as well as use by other groups. Main house has three fully furnished bedrooms. Two-thirds of the estate contains walking paths and trails through wooded areas.English style architecture and quality construction make the main building fully usable with only minor modifications.
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