Thomson, James “Diego” (1788–1854). Innovative Scottish pioneer missionary to Latin America. Born in Scotland, Thomson was one of the first Protestant missionaries to Latin America, arriving in Argentina in 1818 as an agent of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He also represented the Lancastrian Educational Society, which promoted schools in which older students helped teach the younger ones and…

Penzotti, Francisco (1851–1925). Italian missionary in South America. Born in Chaivenna, Italy, at the age of thirteen he emigrated to Uruguay, South America. In 1875 he heard the gospel and shortly thereafter became a Christian within the Methodist Church. He threw his heart into the spread of the Scriptures as a Bible distributor with the American Bible Society throughout Argentina,…

Of momentous importance for the diffusion of Baptist principles throughout the South was the enthusiastic evangelism of Shubael Stearns and Daniel Marshall, “New Light” Baptists from New England (1754 onward). Stearns had become a Baptist in New England (1751) and had felt an irresistible impulse to devote his life to missionary work in the South. Marshall was led to Baptist…