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Soon other arrangements were made to purchase the station (PRA7), and the Knowltons prepared to leave the U. to work with a Brazilian pastor, Walter Kisall, who was involved in radio. S.-based organization set up to support the station became over-extended and went into bankruptcy soon after its inception.
Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. Includes information on use of radio for evangelism at Houghton College, Houghton, NY; WMBI of Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL; street meetings for the Brazilian Baptist Church; radio station PRA7 of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Christian films; church-state relations; Brazilian television; missions finance and administration.Interviews were recorded on 3/16/83, 3/23/83 and 3/30/83. Knowlton was born in Holland, Michigan, November 9, 1932.S.-based organization; Knowltons' financial situation Methods in deputation tours; sources of support Personal appeal of missionary as primary factor in support Economic lessons gained through work at WMBI Three-year period of financial uncertainty; losses and reactions Change in name for PRA as factor in failure End of tape Kisalls' house rented; problems in communication because of language barrier (short break in tape) Study of new language; humility, patience required Complexity and differences of Portuguese language; continuing sense of being foreign even after years of language study Idiomatic usage and life style of Brazilians; "God made time, Devil made clock." End of tape Brazilian Evangelistic Association incorporation in Dayton, OH; Walter Kisall, American son-in-law, and Knowlton Staff, structure, support and policies of new mission Types of supporters Personal contacts as major sources of financial support Jurisdiction of U. board; furlough terms Cultural differences; decisions to remain; church home since 1973 and conditions of life in that community Reasons for consideration of remaining in U. Satisfactions of Brazilian work and life Types of activity and content in evangelistic campaigns over two-year period Responses Language training, content and method (Frank Laubach) Contrast between English and Portuguese as means of communication; greater emotional expressiveness of Brazilians Other language groups; immigrants in wife's MK school Walter Kishall, Jerry Swanson, Knowlton and People's Radio Station team; origins Reasons for decision to work in Brazil Walter Kishall; use of Pocket Testament League;s truck and techniques and specially-designed truck, 1968 Agreement with Brazilian Baptist Convention to work together at the invitation of Baptist churches Cooperation with other Baptist groups Description of street meetings and content Use of films; types of films; effective conversion story Description of economic classes and religious groups Types of converts in Brazil, economic and ethnic groups Evangelism in smaller cities Follow-up programs run by local churches; statistics and need for effective follow-up Shallow conversions from emotional response; good results in spite of problems Use of music; American gospel music and contemporary ethnic music Lack of suitable music until recently Training in musical evangelism under Jim Kemp (Overseas Crusades) Differences and types of music used; oral Christian folk songs Differences in content; proclamation, exhortation, less exposition Invitations End of tape Recapitulation of side 1 Number of invitations to hold street meetings; need for more teams Opportunities and challenges in Brazil; working with Brazilian evangelists Training for replacement in technical jobs; turntable Description of present recording services to churches, organizations and missions End of tape Contents of film library; projector sales; improvement of circulation of films through library and branches Film-printing Market for films; hopes for larger library Lack of production of Christian films Poor sales of Brazilian films Success of one Brazilian mission film; harnessing nationalism for better success Necessity to understand cultural context of symbols; lack of communication through affluent American settings in films; success of American westerns Lack of TV facilities in Brazil; exorbitant rates; networks and lack of Christian stations Obstacles to development Other religious denominations Brazilian radio, commercial and Christian Radio audiences, rural and urban Lack of money as major problem for development Brazilian Association of Evangelical Radio Stations; difficulties hindering expansion Unofficial status of American radio station; seen as small business without need of license Need for maturation of Brazilian church; methods of transfering control, begun about 1969 End of tape Introduction Worship in Brazilian churches Evangelistic preaching Church activities; denominational differences, Baptist, Pentacostal Church conferences Church-sponsored medical clinic Sewing and adult literacy church classes Evangelical and Catholic social action procedures and organization Goals of Basic Communities (Catholic) Lay administration in Basic Communities; lay missionaries Pentecostal growth and appeal to the poor Contrast of appeal of main-stream churches and strength of tradition Pentecostal relations with other groups; evangelistic campaigns and radio broadcasts; lack of ministerial groups Radio of Protestant churches in Brazil Conservative-liberal orientation of Protestant churches Reasons for preponderance of conservative belief Role of seminaries in shaping Brazilian pastors' beliefs Presbyterian seminary's shift to conservatism, 1970 Ecumenical movement in Brazil; reversals of nominal Catholicism in recent years Influences of Vatican II in Brazil The statue of Our Lady of the Appearing, official patron saint of Brazil Catholicism and Protestantism in census figures; right-wing Catholic groups Divorce laws in Brazil; Catholic opposition Methods of Protestant political protest and election of candidates Religious freedoms in Brazil; evangelical congressmen Church-state relations; Protestant relations; social welfare programs Catholic liberation theology; conflicts with government Squatter groups of priests on property of large corporation; taxation, labor unions, land-holding in confrontation Tenets of liberation theology in Brazil; emphasis of political freedoms above spiritual Labor union problems in Sao Paolo and similarity to Poland Reasons for Pentecostals lack of confrontation to government Economic levels of members of traditional Protestant churches End of tape Recapitulation of conclusion of side 1; labor unions in Sao Paolo Diversity of economic levels of Protestants Brazilian ethnic groups Lack of racism, diversity of immigrants and absorption into Brazilian society Leo Janz and brothers Japanese immigrants; small ethnic colonies Economic level of Brazilian Indians; virtual obliteration of the Indians, 1500-1600s Relationships of government with foreign missionaries; numbers in Brazil; Brazilian leadership of churches Helping role of missionaries; Catholic dependency on foreign priests Lack of government regulations in regard to clergy; church development Non-Christian Brazilian religions; spiritism and its practices Healing in spiritism; incidents of wrist joint and foot injury Emotional results of involvement in spiritism Reaching spiritists for the gospel; Carlos Roberto; exorcism and violent reactions Risks in contacts with spiritism Carlos Roberto and Brazilian naming system Proportion of Brazilians involved with spiritism Quasi-religious focus of Japanese cult, "Seichonoie" Other cults Horoscopes as major influence Brazilian attitudes to U. S.; admiration and resentment Lack of conflict on mission work; similar heritage as principal reason Furlough visits to U. Discusses early life, education, Army service as chaplain's assistant.