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Records of the Evangelical Committee on Latin America - Collection 646


[Note: What follows is a description of the documents in this collection which are available for use at BGC Archives in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. The actual documents are not, in most cases, available online, only this description of them. Nor are they available for sale or rent.]

Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

Historical Background

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Box List)


Collection 646
Evangelical Committee on Latin America; 1959-1977
Records; 1966-1976
1.3 cubic feet (3 DC)


Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.


Brief Description. Financial records, correspondence, reports, committee memos, minutes, articles and newsletters related to the work of the Evangelical Committee on Latin America especially pertaining to its visits and consultations to Latin and South American organizations. Also contains many advisory reports given to the Board of ECLA, which was founded as a joint advisory committee by the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association (EFMA) and the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA) in 1959. Its purpose was to serve as a liaison between the EFMA/IFMA and Latin American churches and organizations.


Historical Background

Founded

Founded in 1959 as a joint committee between the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA) and Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA). ECLA served as a liaison between the two organizations and national leaders for the effective growth of the church in Latin America, providing assistance through consultation, conferences and research. The Committee was disbanded in 1977 in favor of a new committee.

Headquarters location

 

1967-1977

Wheaton, Illinois

Executive officers

 

Wade Coggins

First spokesman of the ECLA

 

Jack Frizen

Co-chairman of the board, 1963-1966

 

Clyde Taylor

Co-chairman of the board, 1963-1966

 

Vergil Gerber

Executive Director, 1966-1975(?)

 

Arno Enns

Executive Director, until 1977

Other significant officers

 

J. Hubert Cook

Evangelical Union of South America

 

Howard Fenton

Latin America Mission

 

Melvin Hodges

Assemblies of God Secretary for Latin America

 

George S. Constance

Christian and Missionary Alliance

 

William H. Taylor

The Central American Mission

 

J. Allen Thompson

West Indies Mission, Inc.

 

C. Peter Wagner

South America Mission/Andes Evangelical Mission

Ministry emphasis

Taken from the 1968 “Mini Report”:

“The ECLA office functions as a liaison between Stateside mission offices and Latin American fields promoting: closer communication, closer cooperation and closer coordination. Correspondents from various Latin American countries gather significant data and keep the ECLA office posted on important trends and events.”

This emphasis was further clarified in the Administrative Guidelines written in 1972 which stated that the ECLA would serve as a liaison between EFMA and IFMA in order to better fulfill the missionary mandate and growth of the church in Latin America. It was also to serve as a clearing house for information on significant trends relevant to that growth as well as to assist the Latin American church through education, research and consultation. The most significant ways in which ECLA communicated with its parent organizations were through publishing Latin America PULSE and contributing to Missionary News Service in conjunction with EMIS which began in 1967.

ECLA accomplished these objectives through building and maintaining relationships with various Latin American organizations, communicating with Latin American missionaries and aiding with workshops and conferences in various countries.

Geographical emphasis

Latin America, South America, Caribbean (mainly Haiti)




[Note: In the Scope & Content section, the notation “folder 2-5" means “Box 2, Folder 5"]

Scope and Content

Series:
Paper records
Arrangement: Alphabetical, Folder titles retained from original organization
Date Range: 1966-1976
Volume: 1.3 cubic ft., 3 document cases
Boxes: 1-3
Geographic coverage: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, United States, Venezuela
Type of documents: Financial records, correspondence, reports, committee memos, minutes, articles, newsletters
Correspondents: C. Peter Wagner, Wade Coggins, Jack Frizen, Clyde Taylor, Vergil Gerber, Arno Enns, Dorothy Gerber, J. Allen Thompson, Howard Fenton, George S. Constance, Melvin Hodges
Subjects: Consultations in Latin and South America, Christian trends/culture and church growth in Latin and South America, Relations between North American and Latin American ministries, Evangelical Foreign Missions Association, International Fellowship of Missions Agencies, 1969 III CELA Conference, Latin American Theological Fraternity publications, information regarding LEAL (Literature de Evangelica para America Latina), UNELAM (Unidad Evangelica Latina Americana), Editorial Caribe, the National Evangelical Council-Peru, the National Association of Evangelicals-Bolivia, 1967 CAMEO (Committee to Assist Missionary Education Overseas) Consultation in Colombia, 1970 Haitian Consultation, and the 1970 Latin American Consultation in Elburn, IL.
Notes: About one third of the collection contains financial records (Box 1 and folders 2-11, 3-5) which typify where money was spent and where it came from. Most of the folder titles have been retained to see how ECLA kept their financial records. As might be expected, some of the folders in Boxes 2 and 3 have material in Spanish.
Exceptional items: Folder 2-3 contains many newsletters and articles from Latin American organizations (Fraternidad Teológico Latinoamericana, Andes Evangelical Mission) and contain information on aspects of Christianity in Latin America such as ecumenism (relationships between Protestants/Evangelicals/Catholics), relations between evangelicals in North and South America, impact of Communism and Liberation Theology on the church in Latin America. ]Information on these issues are also available in the “Committee Correspondence” and “Minutes” folders as well as folder 3-6. Folder 2-5 contains an excerpt from a book by Chilean Communist Eduardo Labarca Goddard about the “invasion” of evangelicals in Chile.

  
Provenance
The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Arno Enns in December, 1984 and the Billy Graham Center Library in March, 1990.

Accession: 84-146, 90-38
May 26, 2009
Noel Collins Pfeifer


Box Contents List

BOX LIST

Box

Folders

Title

Dates

1

1

Bank Statements and Cancelled Checks

1969-1976

1

2

Checkbook Ledger

1969-1972

1

3

Check Stubs and Receipts

1966

1

4

Check Stubs and Receipts

1967

1

5

Check Stubs and Receipts

1968

2

1

Administrative Guidelines

1972

2

2

Annual Report

1972-1973

2

3

Articles and Newsletters of Latin American Organizations

1968-1974

2

4

Board

1973-1975

2

5

“Chile Invidado” chapter and report

1969

2

6

Committee Correspondence

1966-1971

2

7

Committee Correspondence

1972-1973

2

8

Confidential Report of Peter Wagner

1968

2

9

ECLA Report at IFMA Fiftieth Annual Meeting

1967

2

10

EFMA Mission Executives Retreat Report

1972

2

11

Financial Statements, Ledger

1966-1976

3

1

Mini Report

1968-1973

3

2

Minutes

1966-1968

3

3

Minutes

1969-1971

3

4

Minutes

1972-1973

3

5

Receipts, Payments, Invoices

1966-1975

3

6

Report of Latin America trip

1967

3

7

Third Latin American Congress (III CELA)

1969





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