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.