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
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