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August 2002
Articles > Zimbabwe

Missionary Spotlight – Meeting the needs

Edited from a personal letter (with permission) Greetings in the victorious name of Christ our risen Lord! I have been pastoring a small independent reformed church in Zimbabwe called the Reason of Hope Ministries for the past seven years. Our church holds to the Helvitic, Heidelberg, Belgic and Westminster confessions. A major part of…

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August 2002
Articles > Zimbabwe

The challenge of Zimbabwe

True Christianity was first introduced to Zimbabwe in the nineteenth century through the ministry of Robert Moffat of the London Missionary Society. Moffat first visited the Matabele people in 1829 and 1835, before they moved from South Africa into Zimbabwe. He visited them again in 1854 and 1857, after they had settled in Zimbabwe.…

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August 2002
Articles > Zimbabwe

Church Planting in Harare

In the providence of God, we are presently planting a new church in Harare. As far as we know, it is the only Reformed Baptist church in Zimbabwe. I have been preaching here since 1999, having studied at the London Reformed Baptist Seminary from 1998 to 1999. I am married to Plaxedes; we have seven…

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June 2002
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Lusaka

We are thankful to the Lord for his upholding grace. It has been an extraordinarily hot, humid month, and at times we have felt drained. But I am very encouraged by the tremendous work undertaken by our church elders at Lusaka Baptist Church, Zambia. We now have four elders and it is my joy…

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March 2002
Mozambique

Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Mozambique

Christian missionaries have freedom to work in Mozambique provided they do so responsibly. There are many opportunities. Here are some examples. Unreached First, northern Mozambique is an area where Islam is strong and many people have never heard the name of Christ. However, some missionaries are working in rural areas and larger towns like…

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November 2001
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Kenya

The fellowship at Ulaani gave me a handsome wooden lion. The pastor’s wife welcomed me with a multi-coloured garland. Later I was presented with a wooden walking stick and a hand-made bag and skirt for my wife. Of course they had to try the skirt on me to show how it should be tied…

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September 2001
Mozambique

Missionary Spotlight -Open doors in Mozambique

What makes serving the Lord in Mozambique so exciting is knowing that the gospel is reaching many areas for the very first time. The church is in her first generation, and work done now could have a lasting impact for generations to come. What an opportunity! Past and present Throughout the 470 years of…

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September 2001
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Mozambique

Missionary Spotlight – Mozambique’s legacy

In the 1300s, Arab slave traders colonised the north of Mozambique and people groups like the Yao, Makonde, Makwe and coastal Makuas were converted to a ‘folk’ Islam. Two centuries later this Arab Islamic influence gave way to Portuguese, Roman Catholic, domination. This continued for 500 years, until Portuguese colonialism was replaced by the…

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May 2001
Articles > Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia Prison ministry

A few years ago, it seemed that the Lord had started a remarkable gospel work in the Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison and that a Reformed Baptist Church had been established there, with its members and elders drawn from the community of prisoners, including some who faced the death penalty. This work accepted the help…

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May 2001
Articles > Zambia

The gospel in Zambia

Following David Livingstone, groups like the London Missionary Society and Dutch Reformed Church continued to bring the gospel to Northern Rhodesia. Plymouth Brethren missionaries like Frederic Stanley Arnot, Walter Fisher and Dan Crawford also came. The Baptists arrived in the 1920s. The Central African Baptist Union from Southern Rhodesia planted the Ndola and Lusaka…

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May 2001
Articles > Zambia

The churches in Zambia today

People seem to have forgotten the work of missionaries very quickly. Of course, there are still missionaries in Zambia and room for more, but the major denominations across the country have abandoned the Evangelical and often Reformed teaching brought to them by generations of faithful missionaries. They have succumbed too easily to a form…

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May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

Livingstone planted the seed When Zambia gained independence in 1964, all towns with foreign names were given local names — all, that is, except Livingstone. Zambia’s tourist capital is still named after the great missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone (1813-1873). Clearly, Livingstone endeared himself to the people of this part of Africa. In May…

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