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Special Iraq update

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May 2003
Iraq

Special Iraq update

The Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF) has for several years provided regular support for six congregations in Iraq – two in Badhdad (Arabic and Assyrian), and congregations in Mousel, Kirkuk, Basra and Arbeil. This report relates largely to these fellowships. The MERF Arabic broadcasting team have produced a special series of daily gospel broadcasts…

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Missionary Spotlight-God’s plan in a TB sanatorium

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April 2003
India

Missionary Spotlight-God’s plan in a TB sanatorium

In 1967, while serving as a young man with a missionary society in India, tuberculosis forced me into a sanatorium for several months. I did not yet speak the indigenous language, but tried to give Christian literature written in their own language to patients, doctors and nurses. Everyone refused – some politely, some rudely.…

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Missionary Spotlight – The gospel in Thailand

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March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – The gospel in Thailand

Missionary pioneers first entered Thailand in the nineteenth century, during the reign of King NangKlao (1824-1851), the third king of the Chakri Monarchy. They came from Germany and England (1828) and from North America (1834).   King MongKut (1851-1868) also welcomed missionaries and learned English from them. The earliest missionaries were able to teach…

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Missionary Spotlight – Open doors in Thailand

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March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Open doors in Thailand

To be Thai is to be Buddhist. Most social activities, including building houses, celebrating annual festivals and attending funerals, are tied up with Brahministic/animistic ceremonies.   Buddhism receives ‘donations’ for its temples which are automatically docked from the wages of civil servants. Buddhist schoolchildren and students are expected to bow to Buddha as they…

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March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File

Kingdom of Thailand (formerly Siam)     Area : 198,115 square miles.   Neighbours : Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.   Environment : Thailand has a moist, tropical climate. Mountain ranges run from north to south, while the barren Khorat Plateau lies to the east, bordered by the Mekong River.There is a central…

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Missionary Spotlight – Thailand’s tribal people

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March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Thailand’s tribal people

Tribal groups in Thailand have their own distinct language and culture, and many have their own unique religious system. Nearly all are said to have come from China and other areas north of Thailand in mass migrations over several thousand years.   Today, most are found in remote, mountainous areas in the north of…

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Missionary Spotlight – Tribal evangelism in Thailand

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March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Tribal evangelism in Thailand

Thailand’s population is nearly 64 million — similar to UK but in an area twice its size.   The majority are Thai; but there are also over 30 ethnic tribal groups, varying in size from a few hundred (such as the Yellow Leaf) to almost half a million (the Pwo Karen). Some tribes have…

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A Macedonian call

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February 2003
Philippines

A Macedonian call

2003 for me is an eventful year. I reach 65 and will be eligible for my pension. Friends of mine of the same age are retiring — some have gone to glory. One becomes aware that the years are passing very quickly, and soon we shall go the way of all the earth. I…

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October 2002
Articles > Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight – Change in Mongolia

Mongolia experienced colossal political changes between 1990 and 1993. The 1990 elections initiated two years of democratic reform. The Soviets left, the constitution was rewritten, and there was talk of Mongolia becoming another Asian economic tiger. Democracy and market reform had come to stay. From a missionary perspective, Mongolia was then a clean slate.…

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July 2002
Mongolia

Building in Mongolia

The words ‘Oh you of little faith’ aptly described us four years ago when we first saw the tiny village of Red Mouth, in Mongolia. We witnessed a meeting there to organise herders into a co-operative, so that they would have better buying and marketing leverage. A left-wing government was in power and, interestingly,…

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July 2002
Articles > Mongolia

Mongolia factfile

Area: 604,250 square miles. Neighbouring countries: China and Russia. Environment: Landlocked, with a harsh, continental climate, desert plains (especially the Gobi Desert), grassy steppes and forests. The west is mountainous. There are frequent dust (or snow) storms, grassland fires and drought. Water for irrigation or drinking is scarce. Natural resources: Oil and coal; minerals,…

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July 2002
Articles > Mongolia

A cautionary tale

My wife and I came to Mongolia three years ago, to work in rural areas. We knew that much had happened in the country since the end of communism more than ten years ago. A fast-growing church was emerging. Mongolians were reaching out to neighbours at home and to people beyond Mongolia. We heard…

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