Pastor Gardner invited Missionary Jason Holt for one last episode in which they discuss the history of Gospel preaching in Latin America as well as the incredible need that still exists there today.

  • How did you meet Lori?
    • Totally by God’s grace!
    • Around Christmas time, after I got back from six months in Peru, Mark Coffey introduced me to Lori
    • We went to a Christmas banquet and started getting to now each other
    • After about a month, I explained that I was going to live outside the US, and, if she wasn’t willing to do that, they would need to break it off
    • I began to wonder if she was the right one
    • Pastor Gardner and I talked about whether or not I should marry her
    • She thought that Pastor didn’t like her
    • She still picks on him for that
    • 10 months after they met, they got married 
  • Who are the great missionary heroes of Latin America?
    • Who has made a huge difference there?
    • There isn’t a William Carey in Latin America
    • Jim Elliot is the most well-known, but he wasn’t a church-planter
    • He died before his ministry really got started
    • The Moravians did a great job 
    • They had a missionary for every 50 people
    • Hudson Taylor spent 51 years in China
    • There just aren’t any Latin America equivalents to these missionaries
    • Religious freedom didn’t come to Lima, Peru until 1960
    • Chile got it’s freedom in the ‘40s
  • When did the first Gospel witness arrive in Arequipa? 
    • The Southern Baptists got there in the ‘50s
    • A Missionary named James Thompson went in 1818 to Argentina, but he cooperated with the Catholics 
    • There were less than 1,000 people who claimed any denomination other than Catholic in 1880 in Chile
    • Very few people went to LA in the 1800s
    • A missionary named Alan Gardner went to Chile and then Tierra del Fuego, but he died of starvation
    • Francisco Pensote went to Lima in 1880
    • He was an Italian who moved to Uruguay when he was 13
    • He heard the Gospel from a Methodist missionary
    • He had a church in 1880, but it was illegal
    • He got arrested and was held in prison for months
    • Baptist missionaries didn’t go till the early 1900s
    • The Gospel has only been preached in Peru for less than 70 years
  • The Basis for Christianity in Latin America would be built on Charismatics and Catholics
    • When people could Latin American countries as mostly Christian, it is because they are lumping Catholicism into it
    • Catholicism is anti-christ!
    • Unless you count prosperity Gospel, most people in Latin America don’t have the Gospel
    • Twenty-five million people live in Mexico City
    • Mexico City has missionaries who are doing good things, but it isn’t enough!
    • There aren’ enough churches and missionaries
    • Sao Paulo has 21 million 
    • If you had a church for every 50,000 people, you would need 420 Bible-preaching, soul-winning churches
    • Even with 50 or a hundred church’s, they would still not have nearly enough
  • Historically, these countries have hardly had any Gospel 
    • China and Burma have had the Gospel much longer, and they aren’t reached at all
    • Missions has been neglected in Latin America in a surprising way
    • There is an amazing opportunity in Latin America
    • The greatest works that have been done there have been done in the last 50 years.
  • People should consider Latin America!
    • The field are white to harvest
    • One fo the benefits of Latin America is that you can minister openly
    • There are almost no limitations whatsoever
    • In some ways it can be even freer than the US
    • As much as 10-20% of the population are leaving the Catholic church
    • That only opens more doors for the Gospel
    • Why wouldn’t people run to a harvest where people are regularly getting saved?
    • There are missionaries from Latin America in Morocco, America, Japan, and all over
    • You can actually train people in Latin America and send them out all over
    • There is a huge opportunity to see God do great things!
  • Closing Remarks
    • Check us out at visionforla.com or Vision for LA on Facebook
    • Help us pray for more laborers
    • Please consider being a missionary to Latin America!

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