This is an article from the January 1986 issue: Donald McGavran



Dear friends,

I close my eyes. I can't believe it. All that I know about Latin America flies in the face of the new facts.   How in the world could all of Latin America from Mexico to Argentina (as well as Portugal and Spain) suddenly burst into a flame of mission interest? But it's true! A few days ago I was called long distance by Luis Bush, a pastor in El Salvador who is temporarily heading up the two year planning process for a mammoth missions congress robe held next year in fr Brazil for the entire world's Spanish and Portugese speaking populations. (Do you realize that Latin America is the largest geographical bloc on the earth's surface to speak just one language or two languages so similar? And that three years ago the flame of which! speak was almost non existent? And that this new surge of interest is significantly interconnected with mission leaders from Asian and African nations?)

Right this moment it is 3:30 p.m. and I am on a plane to Miami and then to Guatemala to take part in one of the preparatory meetings before the big meeting in Brazil next year. I'll know a lot more in six days and I'll report next time. (Our issues in 1986 will be monthly even if late, no matter what!)

BUT MEANWHILE, back in the U.S.A., I hope you will draw deeply on McGavran's phenomenally strategic proposal The Giant Step. (We printed it once before, in last year's JanuaryMarch issue (pg. 31), but the ideas are so strategic, we believe they bear repeating).

One more item before I sign off: this month, with any order whatsoever, if you ask for it you will get a free 6 month subscription to Christianity Today, plus a free copy of the issue with the McGavran cover story (see inside back cover).


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