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January 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Turkey

Missionary spotlight: Istanbul

The ancient capital of the eastern Roman Empire, Constantinople, occupied a comparatively small area of land, protected on three sides by water. In this area, on the European side of the Bosphorus, are Istanbul’s covered market and university. In 1966, when we first lived in Istanbul (no longer a capital city), the population was…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka

God’s grace in an island of graves

Sri Lanka has a multi-ethnic society, comprised of Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers and Malays. Protestant evangelical Christians amount to less than 1% of the total population. Serious ethnic conflict between the (mainly Buddhist) Sinhalese and (mainly Hindu) Tamil communities has continued for the past fifteen years. It has affected all areas of life. The continuing…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Philippines

Compassion in the Philippines

Cindy sat in the church service, weeping. She is only ten years old and life, it seems, has been very hard on her. Her father and mother were separated when she was only about six or seven, and she then lived with her father and younger brother in the streets. Her father made a…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > India

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Andhra Pradesh

We have been visiting Southern India for the past six years. The province we go to is called Andra Pradesh, which has a population of approximately 65 million. As in all of India, the major religion is Hinduism. We have been working with a group called the India Rural Evangelical Fellowship. This ministry has…

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December 1998
News > International > China

House churches in China

Leaders of major house-church movements in China have issued a ‘united appeal’ calling on the Chinese Government to recognise the legitimacy of Christian groups outside the government-approved ‘Three Self Patriotic Movement’. The seven-point statement, issued from an unidentified location in Henan province and dated 22 August 1998, was reportedly drafted by twelve house church…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Turkey

A summer holiday- with a difference

One summer’s morning, in the early hours, a small group of us arrived, bleary-eyed and a little bewildered, at the airport in Turkey. Our Bible studies during our stay in Turkey were to be in the book of Esther, when, morning by morning, we were reminded of God’s hand of providence in the lives…

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November 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Indonesia

History of the Indonesian Church

The Dutch East India Company Church received some thousands of ‘converts’ into its fold after its arrival in Indonesia in 1605, but these had largely converted for social purposes. The Bible was, however, translated into Malay, the trade language, by 1733. Earnest Protestant missionary efforts did not commence until the nineteenth century, when numbers…

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November 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Indonesia

Factfile: Republic of Indonesia

​Area: 740,000 square miles. Description: The world’s largest island chain, it stretches 3,200 miles east to west — from Iryan Jaya (west of New Guinea) to Sumatra (west of Malaysia) —and 1,200 miles north to south. Indonesia comprises 13,700 islands, of which about 6,000 are inhabited. The largest are Kalimantan, Iryan Jaya, Sumatra, Java and…

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November 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Indonesia

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Indonesia

The influence of Christian students Students have been instrumental in shaping Indonesia’s history, ever since the first stirrings of the independence movement against the Dutch colonial regime. During the upheavals leading to Suharto’s downfall last May, students were in the forefront of the struggle. In the eyes of the public, they alone stand free…

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November 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Indonesia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

Look at the harvest-fields Indonesia has experienced much church growth, but there is a corresponding lack of pastors, especially those with an evangelistic and missionary burden. In statistical terms this means there are about 900 church members for every pastor. In practice (to take the example of Pastor Lewi and his wife, who worked…

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November 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Indonesia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

What kind of reformation? People are crying out for reformasi — reformation. It was the slogan of the students who brought about the downfall of President Suharto after more than thirty years in power. In their hearts, many people feel that there must be something better than what has been. They cry out against…

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November 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Indonesia

Indonesia – Theological training and conferences

There are a number of theological seminaries in Indonesia, but one recently started is the Amanat Agung Theological Seminary, located in Jakarta. It was established in 1997. In its first year it had sixty students, who were eager to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. One member of staff graduated from the Evangelical Theological College…

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