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March 2001
Articles > Israel

Jewish Worldview

Maurice. I would like to thank you, Joseph, for sparing the time to explain the Jewish worldview to me. I have read the Old Testament and spent some time reading about the background of the Old Testament books. Again, of course, in my New Testament reading I have come across the Pharisees and Sadducees,…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – Spiritual void

As a newly arrived English teacher in Japan, I used to ask my students what religion they belonged to. I was surprised when the responses came, ‘I am not religious’. At first I thought these young people were so absorbed in materialism that they no longer saw religion as relevant. But in time I…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – Sowing in tears

Like thousands of other British teenagers called to do National Service in the early 1950s, I first arrived in Japan on a troopship. We docked at Kure, a few kilometres up the coast from Hiroshima. Since Japan opened its doors to foreigners in the mid-nineteenth century, Kure had become a major shipbuilding base. When…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – Protestant churches

Protestant missionaries came to Japan from the United States and Britain during the later nineteenth century, with a clear understanding of the gospel and a zeal for evangelising the Japanese. They learnt the language and translated the Bible into Japanese, along with other Christian literature. Many people were converted to Christ. The first Protestant…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – From Buddha to Jesus

I was born into a staunchly Buddhist and Shinto family. When I was three years old, my mother tried to teach me a long Buddhist prayer, but I made so many mistakes that she often scolded me and punished me by making me go without breakfast. Once a year in the winter my father,…

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November 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka

Kept by the power of God The civil war continues here in Sri Lanka. Amidst fighting between Tamil Tigers and government forces we are being kept by the power of God. Indiscriminate searches and arrests are the order of the day, along with exploding land mines, claymore mines, grenades (yesterday, two were killed in…

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November 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Philippines

Exciting discovery During a recent visit to the Philippines I was invited to speak to a group from the ‘Worldwide Church of God’ (WCG) in Cubao, Quezon City. It was one of the most exciting and moving meetings I have ever attended. The group call themselves the Cubao Berean Fellowship, because their one desire…

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February 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Taiwan

Missionary Spotlight-Taiwan

Taiwan’s churches under pressure The Protestant church in Taiwan grew particularly during the final part of the nineteenth century as a result of missionary endeavour. From the 1890s, Taiwan was colonised by Japan, who controlled it into the first half of the twentieth century and throughout two world wars. As time wore on, Japanese…

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February 2000
Taiwan

Missionary Spotlight – Taiwan Fact File

Taiwan Fact File Area – 13,900 square miles. Previously known as Formosa, it is about 100 miles from the Chinese mainland. It comprises the island of Taiwan, and the Pescadores, Matsu, and Quemoy islands.   Environment – A tropical climate, with typhoons during the monsoon season (June to August). Forested mountains (highest point 13,113…

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Missionary Spotlight-Frontier between Faith and Idolatry

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February 2000
Taiwan

Missionary Spotlight-Frontier between Faith and Idolatry

Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, is situated in the South China Sea, approximately 100 miles from the Chinese mainland. It is a leaf-shaped island slightly smaller than Switzerland. Its population of twenty-two million is mainly urban and crowded into the western coastal plain, one of the most crowded parts of the world. Except for…

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July 1999
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral > Singapore

Letter from Singapore – The danger of dabbling

The growing interest in the occult is a phenomenon of our time, although occultic practices have also been around since the time of the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:26). When I was ministering in a church in Western Australia last year, I visited Freemantle, and found a place rampant with occultic activities. Some of the…

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May 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Philippines

A visit to the Philippines

The rain was torrential, but the joy in the faces of the people was wonderful. It was the afternoon of Friday 26 February, and it was my privilege to be speaking at the Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Labo, a town about 225 miles south-east of Manila. The pastor there, Val Tanierla, had invited…

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