Protestants: Conversion in Latin America

In 1916, there were 123,000 Protestants in Latin America, and in 1937, 1,300,000. Now there are more than 10 million—and Chile may have more Protestants (11%) than it has practicing Catholics.

Last week in Rio de Janeiro, at the general conference of the Methodist Church of Brazil, and in Lima, at the Fourth Latin American Lutheran Conference, two major Protestant groups met to ponder their rapid growth rate (nearly 10% a year) and its portents for the future. As even Roman Catholic churchmen admit, the potential of Protestant expansion is unlimited. There is a strong tendency among the masses...

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