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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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Missionary Spotlight-New Age spirituality

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January 2006
Chile

Missionary Spotlight-New Age spirituality

Chile was just entering winter. I disembarked from the airplane at 3.00am but the morning would reveal the gorgeous, snow-covered Andean mountains surrounding Santiago, the capital city.   I was looking forward to helping translate at a conference on the New Age movement and a gospel response to it. The visiting speaker would be Dr Peter Jones (Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, California) but I would also be giving my own series on ‘Integral growth for the church’. As the first group came together on Monday night, I noticed some from the middle and upper classes. As in many other cities of...

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Missionary Spotlight-Chile’s first Reformed Baptist church

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January 2006
Chile

Missionary Spotlight-Chile’s first Reformed Baptist church

As the congregation of twenty or so people sing of the cleansing of the blood of Christ, the fresh, glistening snow on the nearby Andes mountains provides a vivid illustration of that cleansing flood. After the singing, Pastor Omar Ramos moves to the makeshift pulpit. The congregation’s expectation of being challenged by the Word of God is palpable. His words are measured and his reasoning polished. Those who have come for the first time are surprised to hear an exegetical presentation of the Word, and not a homily or a ‘seeker friendly’ presentation of biblical truths encased in cultural news items. Instead, they are confronted...

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January 2006
Chile

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Republic of Chile

Fact File – Republic of Chile Area: 292,135 square miles. Chile measures some 2,650 miles from north to south, but on average is less than 110 miles wide. It has archipelagoes in the south and owns Easter Island in the south Pacific.   Neighbours: Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.   Environment: Chile lies between the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Andes Mountains (Nevado Ojos del Salado, 6,880 metres) on the east. It ranges from hot desert in the north to Antarctic tundra. It is subject to earthquakes and volcanoes. Rivers flowing from the Andes are important for irrigation.   Population: 16 million. Life expectancy:...

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Missionary Spotlight-The Reformed Faith in Chile

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January 2006
Chile

Missionary Spotlight-The Reformed Faith in Chile

The Reformed faith has been propagated in Chile for nearly two centuries. This is reflected by the Protestant work ethic present in everyday life in Chile – especially in the capital, Santiago. This doctrinal conviction was initially fed by 150 years of immigration from European countries including Germany. Over this time, the Presbyterian Church steadily grew, especially among the middle and upper middle classes. Today Presbyterianism is represented in Chile by four separate denominations. Among these is the Presbyterian Church of America – which has recently been seeking to release Chilean pastors from having to complete years of formal theological training so they can do...

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Missionary Spotlight-Sola Scriptura in Argentina

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July 2005
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight-Sola Scriptura in Argentina

On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church – and Sola Scripturabecame the battle cry of Protestant Europe and the dread of every Roman Catholic scholar. Once again this battle cry has been sounded, but now in the southernmost part of Latin America – Argentina. ARBCA missionary Don Donell organised the first distinctly reformed pastors’ conference in the Cordoba province, and the first for many years in the city of Buenos Aires. The conference focussed on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. In Argentina millions live under the spiritual tyranny of Catholic traditions and pagan superstitions. The Bible...

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Missionary Spotlight-Sola Scriptura in Argentina

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July 2005
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight-Sola Scriptura in Argentina

On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church – and Sola Scripturabecame the battle cry of Protestant Europe and the dread of every Roman Catholic scholar. Once again this battle cry has been sounded, but now in the southernmost part of Latin America – Argentina. ARBCA missionary Don Donell organised the first distinctly reformed pastors’ conference in the Cordoba province, and the first for many years in the city of Buenos Aires. The conference focussed on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. In Argentina millions live under the spiritual tyranny of Catholic traditions and pagan superstitions. The Bible...

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Missionary Spotlight-Argentine

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February 2005
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight-Argentine

 God has been faithful to our small mission work in Argentine. We have come to realise more clearly than ever that God saves people ‘where they are’. Their sins and ignorance, and the consequences of previous bad teaching, must be handled with a gospel spirit. If you think it should be easy to maintain ‘the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace’ with only two new converts in a nine-month-old mission – well think again! Our enemy does not sleep!   Jealousy   In December there arose such envy and jealousy between the two converts that I was sure it would put a...

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Missionary Spotlight-Brazil – growth and challenge

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February 2005
Brazil

Missionary Spotlight-Brazil – growth and challenge

God has graciously blessed the FIEL ministry (reformed literature translated into Portuguese). Today there are many pastors in the Reformed constituency in Brazil who a few years ago were ignorant of the doctrines of grace. The real growth began 20 years ago, with the first FIEL Conference held in Atibaia, when Prof. Edgar Andrews and the late Bill Clark were speakers. Book publications, together with our magazine Fé para Hoje, have played a large part in the reformation that is taking place in Brazil. We are pressing on with the construction of a FIEL headquarters building. Hopefully, we will be able to move into part...

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Missionary Spotlight-Argentina from the interior

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July 2003
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight-Argentina from the interior

Iam a Reformed missionary living in Villa Carlos Paz. This is a city in Cordoba province, a nine-hour drive into the interior of Argentina. I am now seeing a different kind of Argentina – a nation whose landscape is as varied as its people and culture – from the one I studied (or envisioned) before arriving on 11 September 2001. It is also different from the one I experienced when living for 10 months in the grand city of Buenos Aires. Questions The fact that we arrived from a country ‘under terrorist attack’ to join a people who had been under siege from economic and...

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May 2003
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File

Area: 1 million square miles.   Neighbouring countries : Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay.   Environment : Argentina’s climate, although mainly temperate, varies from subtropical in the north to subantarctic in the south-west. Its terrain ranges from fertile Pampas in the north to Patagonian steppes in the south. The Andes lie to the west (Aconcagua 6,960 metres).   Population : 38 million.   Infant mortality : 18 deaths/1,000 live births.   Life expectancy : 75 years.   Capital : Buenos Aires conurbation (17.9 million).   Other cities : Cordoba (1.4 million); San Justo (1.2 million); Rosario (1.2 million).   Urbanisation : 88%.   Ethnic...

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