Book Review: Tio Archie

Tio Archie by Steve DennieTio Archie is a biography on Archie Cameron written by Steve Dennie. Cameron, from the United Brethren (UB) church, was a pioneering missionary to La Ceiba, Honduras from 1951 until his death in 2005.
 
The upside of this book is that Archie Cameron was an amazing man and the work he did in Honduras was astonishing. The downside of the book is that it is poorly written and disjointed. The author often takes the book in multiple directions and sometimes no direction at all. It feels the book is often intended as a promotional document for the UB church. The UB church consists of 515 churches; 215 are in the United States and 300 in 14 other countries. Their missions outreach is truly more Christ honoring then most churches. That being said, it would have been nice for the author to stick to the topic at hand – Archie Cameron and the work he did in Christ’s name.
 
Today, Archie is still beloved throughout northern Honduras.  Upon his arrival in Honduras, Cameron placed his attention on evangelizing the dominant Spanish-speaking population. Spanish-speakers had been largely ignored until his arrival. He soon founded the Bethel UB church in Honduras, and it became a launching pad for much of the UB work which exists today in Honduras. Today, the UB church has nearly 90 congregations, a thriving school, a campground, and many other ministries – all due in large part to the pioneering work of Archie Cameron.
 
The insight provided by this book into the work and life of Archie Cameron is invaluable.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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