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February 2008
Ethiopia

Missionary Spotlight – The Ethiopian Embassy describes Ethiopia

Missionary Spotlight The Ethiopian Embassy describes Ethiopia Riven by many deep and stupendous gorges; crowned by high and magnificent mountains; necklaced by a chain of lakes; watered by majestic rivers; studded with burning deserts and great escarpments that plunge down from its highlands; Ethiopia remains a land of incomparable beauty. But it is not simply the sheer scale of its physical beauty which characterises this land, where the Blue Nile has carved one of the world’s greatest and most awesome gorges. Its ancient and medieval monuments, its proud and colourful cultures, and its varied and often unique wildlife set it apart from all else. Ethiopia,...

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Missionary Spotlight – God’s providence in Ethiopia
February 2008
Ethiopia

Missionary Spotlight – God’s providence in Ethiopia

God’s providence in Ethiopia The reformed evangelical communities in Ethiopia are growing by leaps and bounds. From 1977-1992 the Mengisto communist regime banned foreign missionaries and limited religious activities by stringent legislation. This was a blessing in disguise since it stimulated a maturing, indigenous spiritual movement. Prior to 1977 the Coptic Church enjoyed much power. Its syncretistic teachings combining Christian doctrine with animist superstition enslaved many. Also an enticing form of animistic folk-Islam was spreading rapidly. Ironically, Communism’s iron fist dealt major blows to Coptic control of minds and hearts and Islam’s advance. Blessing At the same time, a vibrant, underground Bible teaching movement was...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Ethiopia
February 2008
Ethiopia

Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Ethiopia

Encouragement in Ethiopia Ethiopia, in the horn of Africa, is five and a half times the area of UK and has a population of 70 million. It is a poor country with an average life expectancy of only 39 years. Half the population belongs to the Coptic Church, one third is Muslim, and over 13% are evangelical Christians. The communist era brought persecution to the church but united various evangelical groups. The Christian Brethren Church of Ethiopia (CBC) is part of that evangelical community, with roots going back to 1952. Today there are 90 CBC churches with 15,000 believers. These churches are clustered around four...

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Missionary Spotlight – Pioneer mission in Kenya
January 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Pioneer mission in Kenya

  Pioneer mission in Kenya Here is a typical question from the people of Tarakit: ‘Is it true that we must pray before the cock crows, as this is the time when the angels return to heaven and the devils come down to earth?’ Tarakit is on a hill beyond Chepkinagh, with good views into Ugan da. The only way to reach its 400 inhabitants on the 7000 feet plateau is by climbing a steep path. The congregations are vulnerable and illiterate. The leader here is Isaac, a young married man still at primary school. He has had no formal training. Sacrifice On one occasion,...

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December 2007
Uganda

Compassion in Uganda

Compassion in Uganda Battling through heavy rain, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) pilot Laura Westley flew a team from the Mildmay Clinic to conduct a one-day clinic at Bobi — a camp for internally displaced people in northern Uganda. On arrival the team was greeted by rows of mothers, waiting patiently with their children to see the doctor. Laura writes, ‘Some are chatting happily. Others shuffle forward, an air of defeat hanging over them. One mother — skin stretched over jutting bones — clutches a small replica of herself, her eyes distant and far away’. The team set up reception under the shade of a large...

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Missionary Spotlight – Kenya reaching the Pokot people
November 2007
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Kenya reaching the Pokot people

Kenya – reaching the Pokot people   West Pokot is in northwest Kenya. It is over 300 miles from Nairobi and close to the Ugandan border. Its people have traditionally been cattle raiders. There is little water available in their communities and no electricity. Light at night is provided by hurricane lamps. There are no vegetables – the people are pastoral, keeping cows, goats, chickens and some sheep. They live in mud homes and have next to nothing in the way of medical care. The roads are poor and the terrain consists of hilly ridges. Warmth Pokot Christians show warmth in their sung praise and...

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Missionary Spotlight – Uganda then and now
September 2007
Uganda

Missionary Spotlight – Uganda then and now

Uganda then and now  Any first-time visitor to Uganda’ s capital city, Kampala, would find roads crammed with mini-buses, street vendors, motorbike taxis (boda-bodas), bicycles and people. The congestion inevitably bottlenecks at Kampala’s notorious Clock Tower roundabout. As vehicles jockey for position the confusion takes on a surreal quality when a perspiring street evangelist screams wildly to you through your car window. Pacing, waving and pounding their Bibles these ranting street preachers take advantage of the crawling traffic to shout both the love and damnation of God above the noise of the diesel-smoking vehicles. Welcome to African Christianity – Ugandan style! Pioneers How did it...

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Compassion in Northern Uganda
April 2007
Uganda

Compassion in Northern Uganda

While in war-torn Northern Uganda, we visited a refugee camp to encourage several pastors serving in the area. The camps are filled with violence, poverty, hopelessness and fear. As we walked around one with the pastors, hundreds of children gathered round us. They were so filthy. Those who had clothes wore rags; and most were sick, malnourished and covered with flies. There were hundreds, including toddlers, with no supervision. They timidly approached us to shake our hands and smile. One little boy about 2½ years old stared at me for a long time, with no expression. He was so ill, with a runny nose, protruding...

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Cush for Christ
October 2006
Kenya

Cush for Christ

Psalm 68:31 says, ‘Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God’. However, ‘Ethiopia’ here is a translation of the Hebrew word ‘Cush’. Among the several pastoral Cushite peoples in the deserts of Northern Kenya are the Rendille, with their fascinating cultural background. It is probable that the Rendille were influenced by black Ethiopian Jews called Falasha, because they have many traditions of an Old Testament type. Islam When Islam arrived in East Africa, many Cushites followed Allah and became known as the ‘Somali’, but some rejected Islam and were called ‘separatists’ — a word from which ‘Rendille’ is derived. The Rendille moved westward in order...

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Encouraging news from Africa
October 2006
Zambia

Encouraging news from Africa

This year’s Zambian Reformed Family Conference and School of Theology were held in Lusaka from 21-25 August. The keynote address was given by Choolwe Mwetwa, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Chingola, Zambia. He showed from Romans 8 how true spiritual assurance comes from reflecting upon the eternal dimensions of our salvation. Guest preachers were Lance Quinn, Todd Murray and James Henrich – all pastors from the Bible Church of Little Rock in Arkansas, USA. Lance examined the doctrines of grace theologically, Todd showed their impact on worship, and James their impact on missions. These glorious doctrines lead to God-glorifying worship and God-centred mission.Todd Murray...

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Missionary Spotlight
April 2005
Uganda

Missionary Spotlight

Over the past 15 years the African Bible College (ABC) in Malawi has enrolled a steady stream of students from Uganda, who endure the five-day bus trip from Kampala to Lilongwe. They have encouraged the ABC administration to open a campus in their home country. Eight years ago the ABC founders, Dr J. W. Chinchen and his wife Nell, made their initial trip to ‘The Pearl of Africa’ and immediately felt God’s calling to do this.   Need   In the past three decades Uganda has lost many potential Christian leaders to overseas education. The purpose of ABC in Uganda is to develop Christian education...

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Missionary Spotlight – Snakes and boda-bodas
April 2005
Uganda

Missionary Spotlight – Snakes and boda-bodas

Our move to Uganda was not supposed to be terribly complicated. Our family had already lived in Malawi for 15 years – three of our five children were born there – so we knew Africa, and how critical it was to allow for the unexpected. We checked in at the airport four hours early to make sure our 20 pieces of luggage made the flight. Twenty-one hours later we were standing in the Entebbe airport with nothing – not one piece of luggage. Welcome to Uganda! Not only is all our luggage missing, but on arrival we discovered we were also missing a 20-foot container...

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