Aruba is a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, dry and sandy with no fresh water and few natural resources.  They rely on tourism.  They also have one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean and low unemployment.  Aruba has a varied culture, with 92 different nationalities on the tiny island.  Religion is mostly Roman Catholic. The Alto Vista Chapel pictured here is a small Catholic chapel also known as “Pilgrims Church” that stands above the seashore.  The present chapel was completed in 1952 and replaces the original chapel built by Domingo Silvestre, the Venezuelan missionary in 1750.  It is also stated to be the location where conversion of Aruban Indians to Christianity started. As I […]
Armenia was the world’s first Christian nation and dates back to the time of Christ and before.  Bartholomew, who was one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, went to Armenia after Christ’s Resurrection and founded the Armenian church there.  Tradition also suggests that he was flayed alive in Armenia for his beliefs. Armenia is buffered between the Byzantine/Turkish, Russian/USSR and Persian empires.  Today it is largely Christian (94%), which is unusual for this part of the world, and we can definitely thank Bartholomew’s unrelenting faith for that.  The Armenian Apostolic Church has long been a cultural refuge in times of persecution, but they are also deep in tradition which sometimes can get in the way of seeing the living Christ of today.  […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.