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Charles Barr Johnson - Mission Associate

For many years Charles has been working in Northern Argentina, planting churches and training and supporting indigenous evangelists and pastors through Bible teaching. Though over 80 and now ‘retired’, Charles continues to preach and lead several regular Bible studies (up to about 4 a week), as well as mentoring local pastors in their preaching.

Originally, Charles and his late wife, Lynn, planted churches in an isolated area in the western part of Formosa province near the border with Salta province in Northern Argentina.

Charles now lives in the city of Salta, the capital of the province. It is the most Roman Catholic part of Argentina, with some animistic beliefs from Bolivia mixed up with it. Many in Salta come from Bolivia.

Every September the locals celebrate the feast of the Virgin of Miracles who is believed to have defended the city from a large earthquake. People come from the edges of the province, up to 500km away, many on foot. Another annual event, in August, involves shooing away the evil spirits by smoking out the homes and shops.

Charles has seen people come to know Christ during the Bible studies he leads and then he helps disciple them. He also makes friends and shares the gospel with those he meets on his near daily walks. He also goes to a Brethren Church in a poorer and rougher area of the country to lead or preach at their Sunday evangelistic service.

 

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."