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Missionary Spotlight – Abounding opportunities in Bolivia
May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Abounding opportunities in Bolivia

Bolivia presents great openness for Christian work. Churches are growing and there is much progress to celebrate. But the situation presents challenges. Bolivian churches range from big city-centre Charismatic fellowships, attended mainly by the middle classes, to small outlying shanty town or country village fellowships, with poorly trained leaderships. Challenges abound in determining correct doctrine, establishing pluralistic rather than autocratic leadership structures, and growing churches when members often have to work for long hours just to keep food on the family table. Over recent decades the Protestant churches have grown, helped by a participatory approach to worship involving lay leadership. This contrasts with established Catholic...

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Missionary Spotlight – On the edge – 3800 metres up
May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – On the edge – 3800 metres up

On the edge – 3800 metres up   Bolivia, in the heart of South America, is a land of contrasts: geographically, with its mountains, valleys and tropical jungles; ethnically, with Aymaras, Quechuas, Creollos and others; politically, with a left-wing government popular in the western Andes and a right-wing opposition pushing for autonomy in the east; and religiously, with a dominant Catholic Church, but also an increasing number of evangelicals of all shades.   There is resurgence too in traditional religions and beliefs, and fervent activity from cults like the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. There are economic extremes, with just a few people possessing great wealth...

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Missionary Spotlight – Bolivia’s poverty
May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Bolivia’s poverty

Bolivia’s poverty   As long as sin, corruption and injustice are in the world, there will always be a mission field, and the church will be called to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples for Christ from every nation.   Bolivia is a country where there is much injustice and inequality – particularly in terms of gender, economics and social conditions.      Many would say that Bolivia is a Christian country – and there is some truth in that statement. For example, most will affirm they are Catholic Christian (even if nominal) and that they have at some time or another visited an...

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Bolivia

Republic of Bolivia   Area: 424,162 square miles.   Neighbours: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.   Environment: Land-locked, with the Andes mountains (Nevado Sajama 6,542 m) and plateaus in the west, and Amazon and Plate river systems in the east. The climate varies accordingly, from cold semi-arid to tropical.   Population: Over 9 million. Many have migrated eastward, because of harsh climatic conditions and the decline in mining in the highlands.   Infant mortality: 49 deaths/1000 live births.   Constitutional capital: Sucre.   Actual capital: La Paz. The twin cities of La Paz-El Alto together have over one million inhabitants; Santa Cruz has a...

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