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July 2000
South Africa

South Africa – a personal view

It does not take deep analysis to realise that Evangelicalism in South Africa is in decline. But my own recent travels in the USA convinced me not only of that fact, but also that Africa is in spiritual crisis. With poverty, disease (HIV, AIDS, TB, Malaria etc.) and crime levels so high in Southern…

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July 2000
Western Africa

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – West Africa

An edited account of a journey undertaken by Bill Clark in French West Africa in August 1996. It depicts vividly the difficulties faced by missionaries travelling in that region. Bill went to be with the Lord in November 1998, but his work in Africa endures in the form of numerous independent Reformed churches and…

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July 2000
Western Africa

Radio and literature in French West Africa

At present, many French-speaking countries in Africa are at war or in a precarious state politically and economically. The Ivory Coast, for several years an area of ministry for Europresse-Afrique (a subsidiary of Evangelical Press), has become less stable politically and less secure as a market for Christian literature. Certainly, the Lord seems to…

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July 2000
South Africa

Theological trends in South Africa

The changing political situation in South Africa has given rise to major changes in theological education over the past decade, changes that are in line with worldwide trends. Until about ten years ago, anyone wanting to train for the Christian ministry or the mission field could enrol at a university or Bible college. But…

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May 2000
Articles > World Mission > Africa > South Africa

Sikhono

On a recent return visit to South Africa late last year we had the opportunity and privilege of seeing first hand a small but exciting Reformed work in the town of Butterworth, in the Eastern Cape Province. We set off early in the morning from Durban and headed due south. Most of the major…

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April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight – A Visit to Egypt

Elizabeth and I first met Pastor Thabet Isaac Megaly in 1998. In January 2000 I visited his church in Kodia, where services are held every evening at 6.00 p.m. and twice on Sunday. On this occasion the church building was packed to the doors with all ages attending. No doubt a retired English-speaking pastor…

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

Missionary Spotlight

MSY wrote from Liman Wadi Natroun Prison, in the western desert of Egypt, in response to MERF’s gospel broadcasts. He is serving a seven-year jail term on a drugs charge, and had been listening to these broadcasts for several months. God’s grace had touched his life. The prison officer noticed his changed life and…

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April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight-Egypt Today

During the second half of the nineteenth century the Lord used the efforts of Bible-believing, Reformed missionaries to disciple tens of thousands of Coptic people and scores of Muslims. This led to the establishment of vibrant Reformed congregations throughout the country. The missionaries realised that they must train pastors, evangelists, elders, deacons and others.…

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April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight – Egypt – Fact File

Area: 385, 229 square miles. Political: Neighbouring countries are Gaza Strip, Israel, Libya and Sudan. Egypt is strategically placed, controlling the only land bridge from Africa, the Sinai desert, and the Suez Canal. It plays a central role in Arab-Israeli politics. Capital: Cairo (12 million). Ports: Alexandria (3 million), Aswan, Port Said and Suez.…

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March 2000
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Southern Africa > South Africa

The Church in South Africa — A Plea

Although Portuguese Catholics predated the Dutch in landing at the Cape of Good Hope, the history of the gospel in South Africa really began with the arrival of the Dutch in 1652. These were followed by the French Huguenots (1668) and by early German settlers. Most of these settlers were Protestants, while the Dutch…

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March 2000
Articles > South Africa

South Africa: Fact File

Area: Over 471,000 square miles. Neighbouring countries: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho. Climate and terrain: A large interior plateau, with various plains (velds), is rimmed by rugged hills. The interior is semiarid, but conditions are subtropical along a narrow, eastern, coastal plain. Drought is common, and the relative lack of inland waterways…

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March 2000
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Southern Africa > South Africa

Christian Literature to a Rainbow Nation

Leaning a little nearer to the microphone the distinguished grey-headed politician declared, ‘The people of this country of South Africa truly constitute a Rainbow Nation’. When final democratic rule was attained in 1994, Nelson Mandela, the new state president, chose an apt illustration, for South Africa’s citizens originate from a multiplicity of backgrounds. Whether…

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