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Missionary Spotlight-Chile’s first Reformed Baptist church
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Missionary Spotlight – Argentina in crisis
May 2003
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight – Argentina in crisis

As the news headlines over the last 18 months testify, Argentina’s major economic crisis, unresolved for five years, has come to a head.   Tensions climaxed in December 2001, when Argentina had five different presidents in 10 days, and 26 people died in street riots. But this is not the Republic’s real crisis. Hopelessness   The Falklands War of 1981 ended a horrendous chapter in the lives of many Argentinians. Up to then the military government had carried on a ‘dirty war’ against its own people, with the systematic disappearance, imprisonment, torture and death of nearly 80,000 people over seven years. However, almost from the...

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Missionary Spotlight – Argentina today
May 2003
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight – Argentina today

Argentina is a marvellously rich and varied country, populated by 38 million people, one third of whom are concentrated in and around the capital city Buenos Aires.   Another third are in the richest province (Buenos Aires). The rest live in a million cities, towns and villages scattered throughout the Republic. The literacy rate is among the highest in South America, even though the average schoolchild reads fewer books per year than in other South American countries. Roots   Where did the Argentine people come from? Sixteenth-century Spanish conquerors descended from Peru and Bolivia, while others explored inland along the River Paraná. The native population...

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Missionary Spotlight – The challenge of Argentina
May 2003
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight – The challenge of Argentina

Iam a missionary from the US-based Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and am privileged to be working with members of the St Andrew’s Presbytery in north-eastern Argentina.   My colleagues and I assist this presbytery in church-planting in a town called Gualeguaychú. We are seeking to establish a Reformed Evangelical church, as well as a Bible seminary. Gualeguaychú has population of about 100,000. Around it are other towns of a similar size, both Argentinian and (across the international bridge) Uruguayan. Our plan is to plant five churches in the Entre Rios Province and form a presbytery. Our aim is to establish churches with functioning elders and church...

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