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Collection 469 Oral History Interview with Javier Gonzalo Velasquez

Identifier: CN 469

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Javier Gonzalo Velasquez, in which he describes his family background; childhood in Peru; conversion to Christianity; the work of the Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Lima; his education at Rio Grande Bible Institute and Columbia Bible College; his work as a South America Mission (SAM) missionary in Bolivia and Peru; the BGEA's 1990 Mission World campaign in Paraguay. Other topics discussed include: the history and development of the CMA in Peru; comparison of worship practices between Peru and the United States; development of SAM in South America; difference between highland and lowland cultures in Bolivia; church-planting in Paraguay; cooperation between North and South Americans in Mission World. The time period covered by the interviews is 1959-1992.

Javier Velasquez was interviewed by Robert Shuster on January 20, 1993 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1992

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Biographical Information

Full Name: Javier Gonzalo Velasquez

Birth Date: November 9, 1959


Parents: Names unknown

Siblings: 3 brothers and a sister

Marital Status: Married Alicia Jaramill in 1984

Children: Two daughters and a son

Conversion: At the age of 15 during an evangelistic rally at a Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Lima, Peru


1977 Graduated Colegio Chapagnat, Peru

1980 Graduated Alliance Bible Institute, Peru

1981-1984 Attended Rio Grande Bible Institute, United States

1986 Graduated Columbia Bible College, United States

1994 Graduated with a Master's degree from the graduate school of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL USA


1986 Appointed, with his wife, a missionary of South America Mission (SAM)

1986-88 In the US raising support to go back to Latin America as a missionary

1988-90 Missionary with SAM in Bolivia assisting at a church in Santa Cruz

1991- Began SAM's work in Ascension. Paraguay, laying groundwork for the founding of a church

1991 Assisting the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in training counselors and making arrangements in Paraguay for the Mission World television crusade

Other significant information:

Deeply influenced by the conversion and witness of his brother Fernando. In 1980, Fernando, who was a South America Mission worker in Bolivia, suffered a serious motorcycle accident and was sent to the United States for medical care. Javier went to stay with him while he was recuperating. While in the United states, Javier enrolled in the Rio Grande Bible Institute.


2 Audio Tapes

109 Minutes

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