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All articles in category Eastern Africa

October 2014
Madagascar

Training in Madagascar

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Situated off the east coast of South Africa, it is shaped like a large left foot, roughly 900 miles long and 350 miles at its widest. Carey Outreach Ministries has been assisting with the work of training ministers on the island of Madagascar for the past three years. Its founder, Dr Bob Penhearow, has made two visits of two weeks each, delivering 50 hours of lectures and addressing the Bible Convention that follows. This year I went in Dr Penhearow’s place. Pastor Rabenja Ramiaraka (known by all as Pastor Miara) is the key worker in the...

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June 2014
Somalia

Somali witness

For many centuries, the vast majority of Somalis have professed Islam. Like other East African Muslims, most have little knowledge of the Arabic language and therefore little understanding of their religion. They tend to follow different forms of folk Islam that include elements of ancestral pagan religions. In the Horn of Africa, the cause of Christian missions among Somali peoples was not helped by the presence of colonial powers (Italian, French and British). Also, in the second half of the twentieth century, with generous financing by oil wealth, a modern Islamic missionary movement prospered. It was led by Egyptian and Saudi Muslims, who succeeded in...

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May 2014
Madagascar

Can we really establish mission hospitals today?

In today’s world, many Christians and non-Christians would raise their eyebrows at the thought of opening a mission hospital in our generation. Surely the day of mission hospitals is past? Perhaps they served a purpose in the days of David Livingstone. But today? When we were involved in planning a mission hospital in Madagascar, over 20 years ago, many objections were raised against such a venture; and many people still raise doubts today. Here are some reasons why a mission hospital is often considered outmoded or inappropriate: 1) It’s a way of forcing people to be converted, in order for them to obtain medical help....

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May 2014
Madagascar

A new mission hospital in our generation

The Good News Hospital in Mandritsara, Madagascar, began in 1993 when a small group of missionaries and Malagasy Christians moved to this remote town, in a largely unevangelised area of northern Madagascar. The location was suggested by the Malagasy government health department, because of the large rural population and minimal government facilities. But, in the providence of God, it was also a very needy area spiritually. During the past 20 years, the hospital has developed with medical, surgical and maternity facilities, X-ray, laboratory, and an eye department. A community health team has established work in over 20 villages, in an area over half the size...

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May 2014
Madagascar

Gospel tracts

Patients all over the world spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting time is an opportunity for Christians to talk to them about the Lord — and for them to read the Scriptures and gospel tracts. With this in mind, several tracts have been written and translated into Malagasy. Here are some of them: Better is a tract to give when patients go home. It is based around the story of the ten whom Jesus healed of their leprosy, and the one who came back to give thanks. I want an abortion is for women who have had an abortion or are requesting one. It...

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May 2014
Madagascar

An unusual patient

‘What seems to be the trouble?’ is the question doctors all over the world ask the patients in their consulting rooms. It is no different in Mandritsara, and I asked the Malagasy equivalent question of a 44-year-old lady in my consulting room. ‘I’m breathless’, came the reply (I could see that!), ‘and my abdomen is a bit swollen’. ‘And I died and came back to life again’. Now there are many standard complaints that patients present with, but I don’t ever remember someone saying quite that to me. And it is not the sort of thing you are likely to forget! But, although the lady’s...

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April 2014
Kenya

Return to Wasat, Kenya

It was my privilege at the end of 2013 to be able to return to the area known as Pokot North, in the remote north west of Kenya. This region is over 12 hours’ drive away from Nairobi, and many of the roads to it are very poor, with some being little more than dirt tracks. There continues to be little medical care, and the only electricity available is through the recent introduction of solar power. It is very dry and effectively semi-desert. People have to collect their water from a well or river and carry it back to their homes, which could be 2-3...

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March 2014
Uganda

A week in the life…

So what is life like for the Kinsellas, a missionary couple at African Bible University? Let’s look at a typical week. Sundays Sundays are a great blessing. We begin our week with worship of God. We worship at New City Bible Church, in the centre of Kampala. Services start at 10.40am and finish at 12.40pm (African church services average out at four hours, so ours is on the short side!). The music has a definite African flavour, but is biblical and includes the singing of hymns and psalms. Last Sunday it rained so hard that it was almost impossible to hear the preacher (due to...

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March 2014
Uganda

Some interesting, internet ‘facts’ about Uganda!

Around 50 per cent of Uganda’s population survives on less than one dollar a day. The main transportation vehicle in Uganda is the bicycle. Uganda’s famous motorcycle taxis are dubbed boda-bodas, as they were used to transport people across the ‘no-man’s land’ between the Kenya/Uganda border posts (‘border-border’). Uganda is one of the top countries in the world when it comes to alcohol consumption. Ugandans love meat stews, but the ‘meat’ is not just the muscle; it’s also the animal’s liver, stomach, intestines, tongue, etc. The Ugandan cook wastes nothing. Uganda has the world’s best bananas, pineapples, mangoes and avocados. For most Ugandans, their favourite...

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March 2014
Uganda

The gospel in Africa – the African Bible University of Uganda

According to a statement by Dr Kisamba Mugerwa, chairperson of the National Planning Authority of Uganda, to the United Nations in 2012, ‘The population of Uganda is … estimated to be 33 million. About 57 per cent of the Ugandan population is between 0 and 18 years and 78 per cent is under 30 years; making it a very young country…’ ‘Like most developing countries, Uganda is no exception to the multiple challenges its youth face, ranging from poverty, unemployment, ill health, violence and delinquency. In addition to these, they experience weak infrastructure and poor economic development that impede their development’(www.un.org/esa/population). Leadership Everyone agrees that...

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April 2013
Ethiopia

Creation ministry in Ethiopia

My week in Ethiopia in January was truly remarkable — I sensed that the Lord had graciously gone before and opened many doors of opportunity.

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March 2013
Uganda

Bishop Festo Kivengere of Uganda

Festo turned his back on Christianity soon after his arrival at high school … He fell in with a group of lads untouched by the revival or Christian witness around them. He joined them in their escapades to the shops after dark and began to drink and smoke heavily…

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