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by Raul Lopez The Things that Thou Hast Heard... Commit Thou to Faithful Men If you are reading this article, you are probably a person who is interested in obeying the command of our Lord Jesus Christ to teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19–20). This interest is honorable. Because of this we wish to tell you about a project to help to carry out the second phase of the evangelization of Puerto Rico and Latin America—that of training local pastors. In order to understand the importance of this project, it is necessary to know something about the way the work of missions progresses. The first step in the evangelization of a culture is the establishment of missionary churches. A missionary church depends on other churches to provide spiritual and financial leadership in the form of the missionary pastor. The fundamentalist churches of North America have been moderately successful in the establishment of missionary churches in Latin America. It is possible that your church supports one or more missionaries to Latin America. This initial missionary effort represents the infancy of the biblical fundamentalist Baptist church in Latin America. The next step in church maturity may be described as adolescence, the gradual cutting of the dependence of the missionary churches upon the North American mother churches. During this period the emphasis needs to be the training of native Christian leaders. Paul emphasized to his pupil, Timothy, that the things 6 Islander – No 1, 2013