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Blending in and spreading the Word

Abe Levy
Express-News Staff Writer

Carlos Charco bought a turban, tunic and sandals on the first day of a short mission trip three years ago in a West African country.

He wanted to blend into this Sahara Desert region, far from Mexico's Pacific coast, where he grew up. Far from the San Antonio seminary where he was studying Christian theology.

The new duds and his mestizo features — black hair and brown skin — matched those of the Arab community there. Nearly everyone assumed he was Muslim.

"It was an advantage as a missionary that I'm not white and my eyes were not blue or green," said Charco, a San Antonio pastor who's preparing — along with his wife, Viviana, of South America — to be missionaries in a Muslim country.

They are part of a rising evangelical movement of Latin-American missionaries going to areas that are the least Christianized in the world.


Jerry Lara/Express-News

The Rev. Carlos Charco (center) prays with Adellina Lajzer and Benjamin Moreno during services at Rainbow Hill Baptist Mission.


They believe their skin tone and non-Western background give them advantages in Muslim countries over Anglo missionaries, who are held back by post-9-11 hostilities.

Web Posted: 04/09/2006 12:00 AM CDT

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On April 9th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC), thejinn commented:
What the hell does that say about their belief system if they have to INFILTRATE and LIE in order to get people to understand their message? And who are the idiots that would follow such people? I mean, it goes both ways. Why would Muslims allow themselves to fall into that...is it just because they pretend to be Muslim? I mean once they say "you know Jesus loves you and is God" (astaghfirAllah) they should be like "what??" And then what do these Muslims think once they find out they've been duped? I'm sorry, but that is so pathetic. We don't go into their churches and pretend to be Chrisians. We blatantly state our beliefs even though people (like them) are often hostile to them *gasp* "ONE god and NO SON???????? HEATHENS!!!"
On April 9th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC), madamerahil replied:
Exactly. I'm sorry to say but if I found out that someone was doing this, I would be so outraged and I would never EVER speak to that person again AND I would call them out in front of others, making sure they never show up again.
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On April 10th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC), thejinn replied:
Yeah me too. I would make scene. I'm good at doing that. :D
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