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Missionary Spotlight – Mozambique’s legacy
September 2001
Mozambique

Missionary Spotlight – Mozambique’s legacy

In the 1300s, Arab slave traders colonised the north of Mozambique and people groups like the Yao, Makonde, Makwe and coastal Makuas were converted to a ‘folk’ Islam. Two centuries later this Arab Islamic influence gave way to Portuguese, Roman Catholic, domination. This continued for 500 years, until Portuguese colonialism was replaced by the Communism of the Frelimo government, in 1975. Protestant missionary work in northern Mozambique did not begin until the twentieth century, when the Dutch Reformed Church began working in the Angonia highlands of Tete province (1908) and the Scottish Presbyterian Church entered the Zambezia province (1913). The Portuguese government closed both these...

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Missionary Spotlight – Zambia
May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

Prison ministry A few years ago, it seemed that the Lord had started a remarkable gospel work in the Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison and that a Reformed Baptist Church had been established there, with its members and elders drawn from the community of prisoners, including some who faced the death penalty.   This work accepted the help of the nearby Reformed Baptist Church in Kabwe. Other churches in Zambia were enthusiastic and supportive, notably Kabwata Baptist Church. However, within about a year, things changed dramatically. Wrong relationships   The churches discovered that many of the prisoners were cultivating the wrong kind of relationships with believers...

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Missionary Spotlight – Zambia
May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

The gospel in Zambia Following David Livingstone, groups like the London Missionary Society and Dutch Reformed Church continued to bring the gospel to Northern Rhodesia. Plymouth Brethren missionaries like Frederic Stanley Arnot, Walter Fisher and Dan Crawford also came.   The Baptists arrived in the 1920s. The Central African Baptist Union from Southern Rhodesia planted the Ndola and Lusaka Baptist Churches in the 1950s. The churches that existed when Zambia won independence in 1964 were derived from the activities of such groups. Many of these churches had inherited sound doctrinal confessions, but had effectively lost their hold on the truth through the influence of modernism....

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Missionary Spotlight – Zambia
May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

The churches in Zambia today People seem to have forgotten the work of missionaries very quickly. Of course, there are still missionaries in Zambia and room for more, but the major denominations across the country have abandoned the Evangelical and often Reformed teaching brought to them by generations of faithful missionaries.   They have succumbed too easily to a form of religion that is devoid of evangelical fervour and allows unconverted men to be influential and occupy the pulpits. I think of the Reformed Church of Zambia and the United Church of Zambia, which are major denominations, operating on Presbyterian lines. These have gathered under...

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Missionary Spotlight – Zambia
May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

Livingstone planted the seed When Zambia gained independence in 1964, all towns with foreign names were given local names — all, that is, except Livingstone. Zambia’s tourist capital is still named after the great missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone (1813-1873).   Clearly, Livingstone endeared himself to the people of this part of Africa. In May 1973, on the 100th anniversary of his death, Christians gathered in stadiums across Zambia for church services, to thank God for his life. He did much to stop the cursed slave trade. But he also brought the light of the glorious gospel to the interior of this vast continent. Today,...

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May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia Fact File

Fact File Zambia Area : 290,586 square miles. Population: 10 million. Neighbouring countries: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.(Zambia is landlocked).   Environment : Its tropical location and high altitude yield a subtropical climate. The rainy season lasts from October to April. Over one third of Zambia is forested; the rest is mainly grassland interspersed with trees. The Zambezi River runs between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is famous for the Victoria Falls and Kariba Dam. Big game like elephant and rhinoceros are threatened by poaching. Life expectancy: 37 years. Literacy: 76%. Ethnic groups: Africans (82 ethnic groups)...

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Missionary Spotlight – Visiting in Kenya
November 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Visiting in Kenya

— an Englishman’s impressions   Keith, pastor of the Nairobi church, was working on the theory that the more I saw and did the better. So on Wednesdays we went pastoral visiting from about 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. We met five families altogether. One man had been suffering from depression and this had been making him doubt whether he really is saved. He struggles with the question of why he feels like this. Is it due to physical factors, personal sin or even demonic oppression? Deserted   Another man, made redundant recently, lives with his wife and six children in a one-roomed house. One...

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Missionary Spotlight – Ministering the Word in Kenya
November 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Ministering the Word in Kenya

I became a believer in 1971, but did not grow much in the knowledge of the Scriptures during the first years of my Christian life. It was not until 1975 that I came into contact with the doctrines of grace. I became a member of a Reformed Baptist church in Nairobi when it started in 1978. The Lord gradually laid on my heart a call to the ministry and, recently, I completed theological training. I consider myself greatly blessed by the Lord to have had the opportunity of receiving Reformed theological training. My view of the ministry is now very different from what it was....

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