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November 2017
Articles > World Mission > Asia

Increased persecution in the Maldives

Christians in the Maldives have few rights, but until now at least the courts would protect those rights. Now, however, the government is increasingly controlling the courts and simply ignoring the law, leaving Christians in an even more vulnerable state. The Maldivian government has just suspended one-third of all lawyers in the islands, after they tried to submit a petition to the Supreme Court calling for the rule of law to be respected. The 56 lawyers who signed the petition were suspended from practising by the government. Despite being a popular tourist destination, the Maldives is one of the most difficult places in the world to be...

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November 2017
Articles > World Mission > Articles

Building for the future in Mongolia

Welcome to Mongolia: a country with as many people as Wales, spread across an area four times the size of Germany and almost seven times the size of the UK! Perhaps you’ve never noticed Mongolia on a map, enveloped by borders with Russia and China, and yet it’s time to start taking note of this often-ignored land. Big changes While notions of Mongolia as a nation defined by its history are common (the Mongol empire being the largest connected land empire in history), change is afoot. Since the fall of communism and the peaceful revolution of 1990, scores of people have migrated to the cities...

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October 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe

‘These wheels are my “legs”!’

These were the words of Ivan, a village pastor and evangelist in north Moldova, as he looked proudly at the little motorcycle, purchased and presented to him by Slavic Gospel Association (UK) as part of its transport project ‘The Gospel on the Move’. What he means is that he can go further (and reach faster!) the many isolated village communities in his region, which are spiritually dark and needy. There are few large cities and towns in north Moldova, and the villages in which the majority of the population live are often difficult to reach. Some roads are little more than dirt tracks. Public transport...

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September 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe

Farsi media ministry

Farsi is the language of Iran, much of Afghanistan and neighbouring communities, totalling about 110 million Farsi-speakers. Except in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, Farsi is written in a modified Arabic script. Although many words have been borrowed from Arab neighbours, Farsi’s roots go back to the Indo-European language family, just like English. Sunni-Shia conflict Most Farsi-speaking peoples belong to the Shiite branch of Islam. They separated from Sunni Muslims many centuries ago, after defeat in a bloody battle over the line of succession to the prophet Mohammed. Devoted Shiites commemorate this horrible event annually. Farsi-speaking Iran is the leading Shiite Muslim nation, with...

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September 2017
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Eritrean crackdown

Christians in Eritrea are experiencing an increased state crackdown, with fears that even children face a future behind bars, Release International has warned. Launching a campaign to pressurise the Eritrean government to release Christian prisoners, Release International has revealed that at least 200 Christians have been arrested in house-to-house raids, in a tough new crackdown, which is tearing children from their parents. According to Release, young children and a baby are among those arrested and it is feared they could spend their childhood in a prison cell. Security forces in Eritrea have rounded up 177 adults, along with some 20 small children. The arrests are...

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September 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe

Moldova (2)

Donald J. Morrison continues his report on gospel ministry to Romanians and Russians in Moldova’s rural countryside.. As we went around the village of Baurci Moldoveni with gospel materials, it was evident that the folk there had their own problems. Some of these, sadly, they have brought upon themselves. I found that alcohol addiction is as much widespread among the poor in rural Moldova, as it is among the affluent in urban Scotland. Broken cisterns Many of them find out, to their cost, the truth of the Scripture, ‘Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise’. A...

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August 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe

Moldova (1)

Donald J. Morrison reports on gospel ministry to Romanians and Russians in Moldova’s rural countryside. My recent 10-day missionary visit to Moldova, in Eastern Europe, was, as always, memorable. A craving to share the gospel with as many souls as possible was my primary reason for this trip, besides helping the poor and needy. At Chişinău I was met by my kind Moldovan Christian hosts, who drove me by car on a 3-hour journey to Cahul, a city in the south-west corner of the country, bordering Romania. This was my home for the next 10 days, and from where my kind-hearted hosts provided lavish hospitality....

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August 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe

An evangelical church on the tropical coast of Spain

Almuñecar is a small cosmopolitan town of around 29,000 people. There are a considerable number of foreign residents who have their second home here or come often for holidays. The town is located in the heart of what is called the ‘Costa Tropical’, between Nerja, in Málaga province, and the province of Almería. There are good transport links from Málaga and Granada (45 minutes by car). The climate makes it possible to grow many tropical fruits like mangos, papayas, avocados and bananas. History Almuñecar was named by the Moors Hins-Al-Monacar, which means ‘city surrounded by mountains’. This settlement has an ancient history. It was a...

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