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June 2019
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What in the world is happening to missions? Evaluation, accountability and priorities

This is the third in a series of four articles in which experienced missionary Will Niven asks some searching and important questions about the current evangelical approach to missions. In my previous two articles, I highlighted what I perceive to be some of the problems within the current evangelical approach to missions. I have discussed matters relating to volunteerism, finances, training and parachurch organisations. This month, I discuss some more areas of concern: evaluation, accountability and priorities. Evaluation: the tyranny of the success syndrome and its effects. A missionary to Morocco from my home church told me, before she died, of her family’s labours in...

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May 2019
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What in the world is happening to missions? Training and parachurch organisations

This is the second in a series of four articles in which experienced missionary Will Niven asks some searching and important questions about the current evangelical approach to missions. Last time, in my first article, I highlighted what I perceive to be some of the problems with volunteerism and finances within the current evangelical approach to missions. This month, I discuss two more areas of concern: training and parachurch organisations. Training What are we preparing people to do? One of the most enlightening and at the same time crushing moments in my life was when I realised that I was largely unequipped for the job...

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April 2019
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What in the world is happening to Missions? Volunteerism and finances

In a series of four articles starting this month, experienced missionary Will Niven asks some searching and important questions about the current evangelical approach to missions. Countless millions are passing into eternity without Christ. Over four billion people on this planet do not know Christ. They are standing under the wrath of God and one day, if they do not turn to him, will face the terror of the fullness of that wrath. The most urgent matter facing the church today therefore is fulfilling the Great Commission. The question is however, how is the church responding to this task? Is the modern missionary movement among...

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March 2019
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Indonesia

Indonesia: blessed by courage and wisdom

Indonesia is often called the largest Muslim nation, but this gives a wrong impression. While a large majority identify as Muslim, most of these barely know enough about Islam to be considered true Muslims. Indonesian folkways prevail, despite the saturation of the country with mosques of different sizes. These are built by generous gifts of oil wealth from the Arabian Gulf. The same wealth finances Indonesian clergymen, but their influence is largely limited to poor, uneducated village communities and remote areas. Attacks against Christians and church meeting places can happen in these areas. From time to time, there is discrimination and even occasional violence from...

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February 2019
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Eastern Africa > Mozambique

Mozambique: Visit from the Former Vice Minister of Health

When I arrived in Mozambique back in 1990 the government was still Marxist and aligned with the former Soviet Union. Throughout the 1980s the nation was the poorest country on earth. At the beginning of that decade, only two countries had fewer doctors per capita than Mozambique. So Americans were rare and trained surgeons even scarcer. From 1990 to 1998 the Lord brought a lot of attention to the surgical program in the small government hospital where I worked five miles outside of Nampula. The work being done at this 150-bed hospital became known throughout the north of Mozambique. People trekked from all over Nampula...

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January 2019
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Kenya

North West Kenya: Growth in Reformed teaching

In Britain today we live in days when the gospel is being attacked from many sides. Some churches face decline. Some have grown.  Efforts are being made to revive declining churches and also to plant new ones. There are both discouragements and encouragements. The church is violently under attack in some parts of the world with some believers suffering and some even losing their lives. But in other parts there has been remarkable growth. I have made several trips to Kenya over the last 10 years.  There many are under the influence of the so-called prosperity gospel, which is not the gospel.  By the mercy...

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January 2019
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Islamism on the rise in France

‘The lost territories of the Republic’: this is how entire French suburbs plagued by violence and various gangs are now known. In French, the word banlieues is equivalent to the Anglo-Saxon ‘inner cities’, with their related social problems. Police forces, insufficient and inadequate in terms of numbers and equipment, do not even dare to attempt to restore law and order there. Without even mentioning the alarming rise of violent crime in Paris itself, the département of Seine-Saint-Denis, the eastern suburb of the capital, has become the most troublesome of these ‘lost territories’. By subway, it is merely twenty minutes away from the Elysée Palace where...

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January 2019
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Eastern Africa > Comoros

Comoros

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