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All articles by Richard Denham

On 31 July, 2013, the Lord called Rev. James Richard Denham into his presence. Richard was 86 years old and leaves a
widow, Pearl, and seven children. He had served as a pastor and missionary in Brazil for 61 years.
In 1952, Richard and Pearl sold their possessions, leaving a pastorate in Oregon, America, to work with
Richard’s parents who had recently established a mission in Amazonia.

A flood of memories from Brazil

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February 2010
Brazil

A flood of memories from Brazil

A flood of memories from Brazil   A recent letter from a girl called Adna brought back a flood of memories, 50 years ago, of our missionary adventure in the Amazon region.   Adna had grown up in Manicore in Brazil and was now in the last year of theological studies. For her senior term paper she had chosen to write about the arrival of the first missionaries to Manicore. She particularly wanted to write the history of the First Baptist Church of Manicore, which her father pastored from 1994-2001. Having asked the only surviving lady from those days for help, she found Idemilha could...

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Changed lives in Brazil

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February 2007
Brazil

Changed lives in Brazil

Over the past 54 years it has been our privilege as missionaries to be involved in the growth of the evangelical church in Brazil. In the early days of our ministry in the Amazon interior it was impressed on us that we had no power to bring life to a spiritually dead person. A miracle of God’s grace was necessary. When persecution came we saw our initial converts — those who had befriended us and responded to our message — fall away. To our amazement at that dark hour God chose to save two of the most unlikely persons in the village and cause them to stand with us. The police...

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FIEL’s fourth Brazilian youth conference

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October 2006
Brazil

FIEL’s fourth Brazilian youth conference

The vision to have a reformed conference for Brazilian youth arose out of two issues. First, we were concerned about the increasing apathy and superficiality in the Brazilian evangelical church and in Christian youth in general. Secondly, we knew that some young people went to great lengths to attend Editora Fiel’s (a reformed publisher in the Portuguese language) annual leadership conferences. The need to schedule a serious conference for young people was being pressed upon us. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Leaning upon the mighty God’. Its purpose was to encourage all to stand firmly upon the word of the Almighty. One young man described it ‘as a return to...

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Strategic ministry

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February 2006
General

Strategic ministry

One of the most strategic and seminal approaches to missionary work is through preachers’ conferences. In these the doctrines of grace can be taught to faithful men, who in turn will teach others (2 Timothy 2:2). Conferences also strengthen bonds of fellowship and give ready access to sound Christian literature to potentiate the spoken ministry. This Missionary Spotlight focuses on the growing number of overseas conferences supported by Evangelical Press and others. Missionary Spotlight Reformation in the Portuguese-speaking world On 7-11October Editora FIEL welcomed 1,350 guests to its 21st annual FIEL Leadership Conference in Brazil (see January ET). They heard challenging messages, enjoyed fellowship and...

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Guest Column

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April 2003
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Guest Column

 In 1950, newly married and fresh out of graduate school, we accepted the pastorate of a struggling Baptist church that had turned for help to the Conservative Baptist movement.During the two-year pastorate in the little farming community we learned valuable lessons which helped prepare us for fifty years of missionary service. Pearl taught piano lessons…

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Guest Column

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March 2003
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Guest Column

There appears to be an increasing trend on both sides of the Atlantic for churches and individuals to take on the financial support of pastors in third world countries. We frequently hear of national pastors ‘doing the circuit’ of reformed churches to raise support to go back to their homeland. At the same time,…

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Guest Column

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February 2003
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Guest Column

It is a human tendency to follow leaders we esteem. As our heroes, they tend to serve as role models for  our lives. But we need to ask ourselves if our heroes are persons whose lives are patterned after the Word of God. Paul exhorted the Ephesians to be 'followers of God'. Do our heroes…

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