Los Evangelicos: Portraits of Latino Protestantism in the United States is a small contribution to a much larger project. It is part of CEHILA's (the Commission for the Study of the History of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean) effort to write church history from the perspective of those who have had no voice, those who have not been allowed to reflect on their own history. It serves as a call to gather more "snapshots" of Latino Protestantism, to organize these portraits according to different interpretive schemes, to analyze the photos with their historical contexts in mind, and to utilize these results to challenge the traditional ways in which the history of Christianity in the United States is generally told. This book is proof that there are women and men in the Protestant Latino church in the United States with the ability to carry out these tasks. Yet an exhaustive history of Latino Protestantism in the United States is still missing. The Latino Protestant community needs people to rise up and interpret within wider contexts the stories told in this volume and elsewhere. Telling our stories is both a testimony that God has been present in our pilgrimage and a confession regarding the future. The same God who accompanied us this far will remain among us. Thus, we will keep collecting portraits and preparing to take new snapshots of whatever God may do in the future. Our "photo album" closes at a dynamic moment for Latino Protestant churches in the United States. From many different perspectives, the authors of this book present a growing, enthusiastic church ready to serve the Lord. The portraits show how much has been done and yet how much remains to do. There are many more stories to tell.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"This book is an invitation to collect the stories that are in danger of being forgotten. It reminds us to correct the traditional mode of telling the story of Christianity in the United States. At last we have good "photographers"--women and men with the ability to study particular moments or elements of our history and to do so with clarity and wisdom." --Justo L. Gonzalez
Juan Francisco Martinez Lindy Scott
Juan F. Martinez is Assistant Dean for the Hispanic Church Studies Department and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Sea la Luz: The Making of Mexican Protestantism in the American Southwest, 1829-1900 (2006).
Lindy Scott is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He is the editor of Christians, the Care of Creation, and Global Climate Change (2008) and co-author of Terrorism and the War in Iraq: A Christian Word from Latin America (2004).