Taiwan, a mountainous island east of mainland China is also part of the Republic of China and one of the world’s most densely populated countries.  They are known for exporting high-tech goods.  It was under Japanese rule from 1895-1945, then granted to the Nationalist Government of China.  After the fall of mainland China to the Communists in 1949, Taiwan became a refuge.  The religion is mostly a Chinese blend of Buddhism, Daoism and Taiwanese folk religion, with very few Christians (5%).  The church has been growing recently due to increase in migrant workers, among them Filipinos, Thais, Indonesians, Vietnamese and […]
Bolivia is only one of two landlocked countries in the Americas.  It is on the southwest side of Brazil.  Once it was South America’s richest area, but corrupt governments and the fall of silver prices have made it one of the poorest.  They gained their independence from Spain in 1825 but have had 200 coups and revolutions since then.  Most of the economy is agriculture but about 70% illegally grow the coca plant used in cocaine. The church and the people are in crisis here.  Most are baptized Catholic but are practicing Christo-pagans or animists.  Christo-pagans combine Christian and witchcraft […]
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 […]
Argentina has an interesting history.  It is the second largest country in Latin America with a varied range of climate and topography.  It went from being one of the world’s richest countries in 1900 to an almost total economic meltdown in the 1970’s, due to inept governments.  Since 1983, there has been a large-scale evangelism renewal thanks to Argentinean evangelists, missionaries and Christian leaders.  The country is a majority Christian Protestant, but it has begun to have one of the world’s highest Mormon populations.  Mormonism is silently expanding in large numbers in Latin American countries.  Buenos Aires also has one […]


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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith 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.