Religion: Summons to the Unknowns

Billy Graham organizes a massive training school for evangelists

To many Americans, the word evangelist may evoke visions of fashionably clad pulpit orators performing on television in vast halls before thousands of the faithful. There is, however, another category of evangelists, in the U.S. and elsewhere. In the developing nations where Protestantism shows the most vitality, far more often than not they are humble in social status, travel on foot instead of in limousines and preach in huts rather than crystal cathedrals. While their celebrity counterparts hobnob with the rich and powerful, non-Western evangelists often face harassment or imprisonment for proselytizing, even for importing Bibles.

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