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September 2017
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Eritrea

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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August 2017
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Zambia

Proclamation Institute Zambia

I arrived in Ndola, Zambia, in May 2016 to be greeted by Alfred. The weather was warm and the greeting was too. We drove in his car the hour or so northwest to Kitwe, and then another half an hour further north to a remote location, where a new Bible training college had begun its first term in January that year. Alfred Nyirenda is the first principal of the Proclamation Institute Zambia (PIZ), a new college in Zambia training people in expository Bible ministry. It is particularly focused on training men for preaching ministry, but is also accepting others for a variety of ministries, such...

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April 2017
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Equipping the church

There have been too many sightings of the African pastor’s ‘12-inch bookshelf’ for it to be dismissed as mythological! But do we prosperous, northern hemisphere Christians treat it as if it is? When you have to prepare a sermon or Bible study on a scriptural passage in, say, Philippians, which commentator do you turn to first on your bookshelf? Is it Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Alec Motyer, Wayne Detzler, William Hendriksen, John Gwyn Thomas or Sinclair Ferguson? Your African counterpart may well not have a single volume to refer to! Christian Resources for Developing Countries is addressing this book poverty of African pastors and believers, by providing...

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January 2017
Nigeria

IDP camps in north Nigeria

Recently, John Kalma wrote to ET: ‘Hope you are all doing fine. It’s great reading mission information in ET International, which you graciously send me. I distribute the same to quite a good number of readers here in Abuja, Nigeria. Indeed, many people are blessed reading the Christian news. I personally travelled to north east Nigeria — Maiduguri, in Borno State, in particular — and saw things for myself (I am from that area). I decided to share this with you all, for your prayers. The deplorable condition of IDPs (internally displaced persons) in north east Nigeria, particularly women and children, has reached a sad...

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January 2017
Ghana

Saved to serve in Ghana

My life was dominated by alcohol for 30 years. I had a promising career as a professional footballer and worked in my father’s business. I married Jennifer and had three children. Everything looked rosy. But, over a period of eight years, I went from social drinker to alcoholic, drinking on public park benches, sharing bottles with other alcoholics, sleeping rough in derelict houses and stealing to get more drink. Rock bottom It’s still hard to believe I gave up all the good things for uncountable nights in police cells, mental hospitals, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics and eventually prison. It was during one of my...

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July 2016
Articles > World Mission > Africa

French West Africa

Jean-Claude Souillot, managing director of Evangelical Press Missionary Trust (EPMT), describes recent ministry and further plans for extending the gospel into the French-speaking world. At the end of January 2016, I flew to Cotonou, Benin. Philip Hynes, who is the other preacher here in Chalon, France, came with me to take part in the ministry. He had not been to Africa for ten years and was excited at the prospect of meeting up with many brethren there once more. Philip is a fine preacher, who studied at the London Theological Seminary and has the work of the gospel on his heart. The main purpose of...

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July 2016
Nigeria

Creation teaching in Nigeria

In April 2016, at the two African Pastors Conferences (APC) in Nigeria — one in Abuja, and the other in Kaduna State — we had a very valuable time. It was extremely hot, 35oC and above, with little aircon. But it was a great blessing to reach eager pastors willing to preach the biblical gospel and bring the theology of creation to these Christian leaders. Increasingly, the issue of creation has an effect on African congregations, as more young people have contact, through smart phones and social media, with erroneous Western ideas. Irving Steggles, pastor of Birchleigh Baptist Church, Kempton Park, South Africa, though fighting...

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March 2016
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Lesotho

Mission to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (2)

On the Monday (see ET, February 2016), our real work began in this tiny nation enclosed within South Africa. We formed into teams, each with a Gideons interpreter (www.gideons.org.uk) and driver. My team drove out into the mountains in a 4WD truck, loaded with Bibles. Off the main roads of Lesotho, the country ‘roads’ are appalling. They are nothing but heaps of loose stones and boulders. Dangerous travel Going either up or down a hill was quite dangerous. At various times we had to get out of our truck to move loose boulders that were in the way, or reduce the weight of the vehicle....

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