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Missionary Spotlight – The Reformed Faith in St Lucia
June 2009
Saint Lucia

Missionary Spotlight – The Reformed Faith in St Lucia

The Reformed Faith in St Lucia   St Lucia today is dominated by the Catholic Church, but Baptist work started during the mid-1940s with missionaries from Baptist Mid-Missions of North Carolina, USA. Several churches were established, including First Baptist Church in the main city Castries, Grace Baptist Church in the community of Bexon, and Patience Church in the village of Anse-la-Raye.   By the time the missionaries departed, seven churches had been established in the northern part of the island, a Bible school had been built in the neighbouring islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and a number of young men trained at that...

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Missionary Spotlight – St Lucia – a tropical gem
June 2009
Saint Lucia

Missionary Spotlight – St Lucia – a tropical gem

St Lucia – a tropical gem   St Lucia is the sort of island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about – a small, lush tropical gem still relatively unknown. One of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, it is located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain between Martinique and St Vincent, and north west of Barbados.   St Lucia has an area of 238 square miles and is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide. Its population is estimated at 163,000.      Simply beautiful, it has dramatic twin coastal peaks, the Pitons, which soar 2,000 feet above sea level, sheltering magnificent rain...

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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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Edifying the church of God
January 2009
Americas

Edifying the church of God

Edifying the church of God   The FIEL conferences for pastors and leaders (in Brazil, Portugal and Mozambique) represent the culmination of our mission objectives. FIEL’s ministry consists of serving God by serving the church, in co-operation with the church, for the edification of the church. We seek to reach this goal, by God’s grace, through the publication and distribution of sound biblical literature, together with various projects aimed at helping pastors and our magazine and web site.   In the Brazilian conference we experience something of every aspect of the overall ministry of Evangelical Literary Mission (FIEL). We have opportunity to hear some of...

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Missionary Spotlight – The greatest need of Latin America
October 2008
Americas

Missionary Spotlight – The greatest need of Latin America

The greatest need of Latin America   I have become increasingly concerned about unhealthy trends in Costa Rican and Guatemalan Protestantism. True, solid, faithful Bible study and Bible teaching are needed here, more urgently than ever.   Perhaps partly due to powerful media influences, we’re bombarded with rare doctrinal novelties and heresies. Among the latest is José Luis de Dios Miranda, who says he is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and also a prophet and apostle! His ‘church’, Creciendo En Gracia, came to Costa Rica in October.      Growth   A few years ago, the seminary of the Church of God (Full Gospel) at...

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