Subscribe now

All articles in category Africa

Article

October 2001
Articles > World Mission > Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Nigerian churches today

A century ago our nation was in deep darkness. Superstition ruled and Satan was worshipped. Sacrifices were offered to deities in rivers, trees and rocks. The creature was worshipped rather than the Creator. The earliest attempts by missionaries to penetrate Nigeria soon resulted in two missionary societies withdrawing from the area, after the death…

Read more

Article

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…

Read more

Article

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…

Read more

Article

September 2001
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Brazil

Missionary Spotlight – From Brazil with love

Portuguese is still spoken widely in Portugal’s former colonies such as Brazil and Mozambique. With this in mind, the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) undertook — around the time Mozambique gained independence in 1975 — to produce a major revision of the Scriptures in Portuguese. Updated edition The task of providing Portuguese Scriptures to Africa…

Read more

Article

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…

Read more

Article

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…

Read more

Article

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…

Read more

Article

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…

Read more

Article

May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia Fact File

Area: 290,586 square miles. Population: 10 million. Neighbouring countries: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Zambia is landlocked). Environment: Its tropical location and high altitude yield a subtropical climate. The rainy season lasts from October to April. Over one third of Zambia is forested; the rest…

Read more

Article

April 2001
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Missionary Spotlight

No one can be quite sure which books Paul wanted when he was in prison, but from his cell he requested not only clothing to keep his body warm but also food for his mind (2 Timothy 4:13). Centuries later, in similar circumstances, William Tyndale asked for clothing and, above all, his Hebrew Bible,…

Read more

Article

November 2000
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Western Africa > Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – The ‘Christian’ scene in S. E. Nigeria

‘The New Jerusalem Hairdresser’s’, ‘The Heavenly Bakeries’, ‘The Mount Zion Hotel’ — everywhere you see evidence of a past influence of Christianity. ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ or ‘I’m covered by the blood’ is often painted on the front of lorries, while on the back is painted some Muslim slogan! It seems that whatever…

Read more

Article

September 2000
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Northern Africa > Egypt

Egyptian church History

Isaiah 19 predicts that one day the worship of the true God will be supreme in Egypt. In Acts 2, Egyptians were among the many converts on the Day of Pentecost. Tradition has it that the evangelist Mark, perhaps along with these Egyptian converts, spent much time preaching in Egypt. Whether or not this…

Read more