Religion: The Texans' Crusade

It was no ordinary group of Americans. There were 238 of them, and since most were from Texas, they had not come to Spain for the sun. Missionaries all, they were Southern Baptist laymen—farmers, mail carriers and bankers. Their task: to help the struggling Spanish Baptists stage an evangelistic crusade. "The Bible was a story of people who walked in faith in a hostile land," declared Dallas Cattleman L.S. Rowland in a stem-winding oration, translated from roughhewn English to smooth Spanish by another missionary. "The truth is that we may move all of Spain!"

From the days of the Council of Trent,...

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