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EAB - The First 40 Years: 1 [Paperback]

John Philip Medcraft
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17 Dec 2012
This book is not an exercise in Mission marketing, but an honest upfront account of the first 40 years of EAB (Evangelical Action Brazil), telling when we got it right and when we got it wrong. It is a mark of honour to dedicated missionaries who gave their best for Jesus in north-east Brazil. EAB’s first 40 years covered a period of great change and turmoil. Within a year of the Mission’s founding the Second World War erupted. Later in the period there was the 1964 Coup d’état in Brazil which ushered in 20 years under a military regime. Travel to Brazil in the early years by ship changed to planes. Telegrams were substituted by telephones and radios were joined by black and white TVs. Earth tracks were partially substituted by tarmac roads as the period progressed and vehicles began to replace horses and mules for travel. Electricity was initially generated locally in Patos, but eventually was integrated to the national grid. Water started to be piped to people’s houses rather than being carried by donkeys or carts, though the latter still continues in the interior of Paraíba State to this day. Cesspits linked to holes in the ground were progress from random defecation and still today only 7% of the homes in Patos are linked to the sewage treatment plant. In the religious sphere Catholicism was the dominant force and EAB faced strong opposition to its preaching the Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ, often violent and always insulting our folk as being part of a dangerous sect. EAB had been directed by God to plant evangelical churches in the poorest, driest and most spiritually barren region of Brazil. We pay homage to those missionaries and national workers who tirelessly served God in an area few wanted to live or work in and we praise God for their lives and ministries.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Dec 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1481084143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481084147
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,300,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Philip Medcraft (MA) is a London-born naturalized Brazilian who has worked with EAB since 1972 and been co-director with his wife Elizabeth since 1987. He is the elected chairman of both ACEV (the evangelical church denomination founded by EAB) and its NGO ‘ACEV Social’.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Missionary Life in the 20th Century 3 Jan 2013
I am not a Christian (far from)my bias is towards good writing and appreciation of those who put in the work to make others lives better, whatever they believe - This book is an incredible tale of faith and human courage, in 1938 some Christian Missionaries set out from England and set up home in the poorest and little known semi arid area of Brazil - where ex slave communities still fight the barren soil for life - the area was even poorer then but the EAB Mission was to become one of the most forward thinking, philanthropic, practical, energetic and little known Christian Outreaches(schools, dentists, local politics,farms, water and wells, health and Aids work, justice and human rights etc)the world (outside of Brazil) has ever seen and not heard about...yet. - "as it says on the tin" - this is the first 40 years of faith, struggle and victory - a great true story of faith and hope against extreme odds. A good read.
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