By Professor William Lawrence Svelmoe
“Cam” Townsend is rightly often called the visionary founding father of the summer time Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and the Wycliffe Bible Translators. This joint attempt is now the most important Protestant venture association on this planet, a challenge which has dramatically replaced the tradition of what was once referred to as religion missions. Townsend revolutionized Protestant missions by way of emphasizing that missionaries had to research the language of the folk to whom they have been despatched and to reside between them for you to comprehend their groups. His approach under pressure education the missionaries in public future health, uncomplicated schooling, and agricultural abilities. The verified luck of missionaries who Townsend’s plan resulted in SIL/WBT effect within the higher societies within which the association used to be current. Townsend was once non-dogmatic in looking allies to pursue his goals, together with neighborhood political events and tool constructions, teachers, and different non secular faiths, expanding the impact of his workforce to the purpose that SIL/WBT turned a significant factor within the nationwide affairs of the international locations during which they have been lively, really in Latin America. The very good fortune of Townsend’s tools ended in hassle along with his base within the usa. As conservative and evangelical monetary backers and potential missionaries observed the association and Townsend operating amicably with Roman Catholics, leftist political teams, and atheist and agnostic lecturers, the SIL/WBT bumped into difficulty at domestic.
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S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 20 Chapter One Who can read the lives of such heroes of faith as Hudson Taylor . . Adoniram Judson . . Borden of Yale . . without being stirred and challenged out of indifference and love of ease and plenty to a life of selfdenial for Him. . I want to go out as a missionary to escape the danger of becoming satisfied with a life of ease and comfort; I want to go because South America needs Christ desperately; because Christ has commanded me to go; because He has been leading me in that direction and I believe I could not be in His will if I didn’t go; because the love of Christ constrains me; and finally because He is coming soon and opportunities will cease.
23 Mornings on the road usually began with an hour or so of devotions with Francisco Díaz. As the gringo and the one who ostensibly knew the Scriptures, Townsend usually took the lead in reading and commenting briefly on a select passage. At times they sang together, but always they prayed. After a simple breakfast, they packed their bags and set off. Early on, Díaz carried the heavier load as they walked from village to village, but Townsend, uncomfortable with this policy from the beginning, soon purchased a mule.
Smith, Bishop was a fundamentalist’s fundamentalist, a stuffy Victorian, “too pious to play” (as Lewis Sperry Chafer once noted), utterly committed to the mission, and filled with the confidence of someone who knows he is on the side of God in all matters theological. ” Early in their stay, Bishop reinforced the cultural status of Indians in Guatemala. Perhaps noting the young man’s sensitivity, Bishop drew Townsend aside and advised him not to get a pack mule for his journeys, but to walk and let the native worker carry the pack, which was not to exceed one hundred pounds.
A New Vision for Missions: William Cameron Townsend, The Wycliffe Bible Translators, and the Culture of Early Evangelical Faith Missions, 1917-1945 (Religion and American Culture) by Professor William Lawrence Svelmoe