Saturday, March 6, 2010

Chile's Presbyterian History

Chile has been in the news a lot this week, due to the massive earthquake that struck that country on February 27. What you may not know is that Chile has a long history of Presbyterianism, despite being a majority Roman Catholic country.

Due to the missionary work of David Trumball, the Reformed faith was established in the first half of the 19th century. Today, several Presbyterian denominations exist (although, when I was there four years ago, I couldn't find a church to worship with!). Chile even observes October 31 as a national holiday, calling it "Día Nacional de las Iglesias Evangélicas y Protestantes" (National Day of the Evangelicals and Protestants).

All this to say, keep Chile and Christ's church therein, in your prayers. If you are inclined to donate to charities in Chile, I can point you to World Vision. If you know of another worthy charity, let me know and I will add a link.

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