Subscribe now

All articles in category Americas

Missionary Spotlight – The Jaws of Hell

Article

October 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight – The Jaws of Hell

Before the World Soccer Cup in June 1994, the Colombian team captain was interviewed. ‘Our objective when we go down to the field for a match is to give our people a moment of happiness’, he said.   The fleeting exhilaration of such a moment was obliterated. Only two weeks into the Cup, a…

Read more
Missionary Spotlight- Colombia: Churches and Context

Article

October 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight- Colombia: Churches and Context

Roman Catholicism came to this part of South America during the sixteenth-century Spanish conquest. Evangelical Protestantism only began to make noticeable inroads after the 1840s. Calvinistic and Presbyterian missionary influences were quite prominent in those small beginnings, with input from both the United States and Britain. Church growth Since the 1950s significant growth has…

Read more

Article

October 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight

Fact File   Area       – 441,000 square miles. Neighbouring countries   – Colombia straddles the top of South America, with Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador as its near neighbours. The Isthmus of Panama connects into Colombia’s north-west, so that Colombia has separate Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. Environment   – A…

Read more
Letter from America

Article

August 1999
United States of America

Letter from America

I was in the Pentagon, in Washington DC, the day after the war in Kosovo came to an end. Relief was universal, not just because a resolution to the conflict had been reached, but because people would now be able to spend time with their families again! The Pentagon is a vast structure. Built…

Read more
A visit to the Yucatan

Article

June 1999
Mexico

A visit to the Yucatan

Walter and Betty Groover came to Merida, Mexico, in October 1964, with three small children. After thirty-five years of faithful service, travelling almost every night of the week to one of the many pueblos (villages) in the state of Yucatan, this veteran missionary and his wife are just as excited about the Lord’s work…

Read more
MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Pastoring in Mill Valley, California

Article

May 1999
United States of America

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Pastoring in Mill Valley, California

Mill Valley is at the southern end of Marin, which is one of the counties in the San Francisco Bay area. On Easter Sunday somewhat less than 3% of the population there turns out for a church service. As far as I know there is not a Reformed congregation in Marin, apart from Miller…

Read more
LETTER FROM AMERICA

Article

February 1999
United States of America

LETTER FROM AMERICA

It is very cold outside, as I slowly drive to my office in the Northeast of the United States. So cold, that the windscreen washer fluid has long since frozen, with no regard for the anti-freeze that was added to it. On the radio, the presenter announces that today’s ‘high’ temperature will be around…

Read more
MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-California

Article

January 1999
United States of America

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-California

In season and out of season Paul’s admonition to Timothy needs to be remembered by gospel preachers today: ‘Preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season’ (2 Timothy 4:2). These words are reminders that even the clear, strong and consistent preaching of the gospel does not always bring ‘results’. The preacher…

Read more

Article

December 1998
Articles > General > World Mission > Americas > South America > Brazil

Forgotten children

Every morning around the world, 100 million children wake up with nowhere to call home except the streets of the world’s cities. They are the ‘Forgotten Children’. Can you remember how loving hands touched you as a child? The gentle stroking of a fevered brow; the careful bandaging after scrapes and bruises; the hand-in-hand…

Read more

News

September 1998
News > International > United States of America

A Letter from America

Written on this side of the Atlantic! For the more widely-read amongst us, the word ‘Greendale’ will conjure up images of Postman Pat, Mrs Goggins, Ted Glen, Peter Fogg and a black and white cat called Jess. For me, it now has a new association — Heritage Baptist Church, Worcester, Massachusetts. The notice outside…

Read more

Article

August 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological > World Mission > Americas > Caribbean > Haiti

The gospel of grace in Haiti

Rain on a dry and thirsty land Christopher Columbus discovered Haiti in 1492. It became a French colony in 1677 and gained independence in 1804. During the twentieth century, it has been beset by upheaval and turmoil. Between 1991 and 1992 the US Coastguard intercepted some 35,000 Haitian refugees as they tried to enter…

Read more

Article

August 1998
Articles > World Mission > Americas > Caribbean > Haiti

Missionary spotlight – Haiti in 1998

Haiti has been much in the news in recent years, but not for the best of reasons. It has, for many years, experienced severe political instability following the overthrow of the Duvalier dynasty. At the moment the country is experiencing relative tranquillity, thanks to UN and American troops who occupy strategic points throughout the…

Read more