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Missionary Spotlight – The Jaws of Hell

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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 stunned world learned of Andres Escobar’s violent death for giving away an own-goal as Colombia played against the USA. The tentacles of evil reach into every aspect of life in Colombia. The ‘death culture’ reigns. Stop-light killings   At a stoplight, hired assassins roar up to a bus which has just...

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Missionary Spotlight- Colombia: Churches and Context

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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 occurred in the Evangelical community. This has had some general effects on Colombian society, including the fact that Christians have founded political parties and become members of traditional political groups. The influence of Jaime Ortiz Hurtado, former Rector of the Seminario Bíblico de Colombia (Medellín), on the political and legal scene...

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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 wide variety of terrain and climate, ranging from tropical, coastal lowlands in the west, to the cool Andes mountains in the centre, and tropical lowland forests in the east. On the Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta rises to over 19000 ft. Some mountains are volcanically active. Bogota, the...

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The Gospel of Brazil

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October 1997
Brazil

The Gospel of Brazil

There are local ministries in Brazil that are becoming increasingly acquainted with the doctrines of grace through the publication in Portuguese of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ works. The book Preaching and Preachers immediately and completely revolutionized the ministry of one of our acquaintances who is a local pastor. The writer can certainly testify that sitting under the ministry of such a servant of God was the greatest blessing he received since his conversion. What I had learnt from the doctrines of grace transformed my life and gave me an understanding of how the gospel should be rightly presented to magnify God and debase man. I have...

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October 1997
Brazil

Brazil – An ethnic, political and religious ‘melting pot’

Features The Federal Republic of Brazil is the largest country in South America (over 3.25 million square miles) and the fifth largest in the world. Neighbouring countries are Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam and French Guiana. Brazil is rich and diverse in natural resources. It has potential for hydroelectric power as well as large deposits of coal, iron and uranium ores. The south and east of Brazil are temperate, while the northern Amazon basin is tropical. The Amazon has one third of the world’s tropical rain forest, over 50,000 species of flowering plants (the greatest variety in the world), 20% of...

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