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Collection 429 Oral History Interview with Milton Alfonso Acosta

Identifier: CN 429

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Milton Alfonso Acosta in which he describes his family background, youth, conversion to Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church in Colombia, charismatic movement in the Catholic Church, the state of the Evangelical church in Colombia; involvement in the student movement in Colombia, ministry as a staff worker with Unidad Christiana Universitaria (UCU), and UCU's relationship with local congregations. In a second interview, Acosta continues his description of work among students, financial support of UCU, its relationship to the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Jack Voelkel, development of Christian leadership, evangelism among students, cults active in Colombia, Wheaton College Graduate School, the Catholic Church in Colombia, the influence of liberation theology; Colombian families and superstitions; and American perceptions of Colombia. A third interview includes discussion of Acosta's ministry among Mexican migrant workers in Alabama, describing working and living conditions, evangelistic outreach, and his own pastoral and advocacy role among migrant communities. The time period covered in the interview is 1962-1990.

Milton Acosta was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on February 7, February 21 and October 5, 1990, in the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1990

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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Milton Alfonso Acosta

Birth Date: January 28, 1962

Birth Place: Barranquilla, Colombia

Parents: Father and mother were Christians

Siblings: Milton was third of four children

Conversion: 1980, through parents, church attendance, radio, Bible study, missionary

Marital Status: Single

Denominational Affiliation: Southern Baptist


1979 Colegio La Salle, Monteria, Colombia

1988 Corporacion Unicosta Barranquilla, Spanish/English major

1991 M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School


1986-1989 Staff member, Unidad Christiana Universitaria (member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students)


5 Audio Tapes

255 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Milton Acosta in February and October 1990.

Accessions: 90-19, 90-23, 90-111

April 29, 1996

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Collection 429 Oral History Interview with Milton Alfonso Acosta
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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