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Algeria then and now
January 2007
Algeria

Algeria then and now

It is no easy task to compare the Algeria of today with the one where I pastored an Arab church in the 1970s and 1980s. It is nearly 25 years since our family left the second largest country in Africa after nine difficult but thrilling years. In those days the country was governed by a strange mixture of socialism and Islam. Its people were still enjoying victory in the war of independence from France (1954-1962) during which a million Algerians lost their lives. Tourism was not encouraged then, but today you can get cheap flights to Algeria — where visitors are invited to ski in...

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Wings over Darfur
December 2006
Sudan

Wings over Darfur

The humanitarian crisis in Darfur has affected millions of people. Many have died through the war and its consequences. Disease and starvation are rife. Since 2003, two million people have fled the region. Many seek refuge in displaced people’s camps in neighbouring Chad; others make their homes elsewhere in Sudan. Christian relief organisation Safe Harbor is working in the village of Nyinbuli, 100 miles from the border between southern Sudan and the Darfur region. There has been an influx of refugees to this small village. When 10-year-old Fajah came to the clinic needing extensive treatment, the team called Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) to fly her...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT
May 2006
Egypt

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

First things first in Egypt My wife and I were on a short holiday recently in Egypt — a cruise down the Nile (before you ask, it was a special offer price for January!) As soon as we discovered where we would be on Sunday, we asked our tour guide — a friendly, helpful and well-educated young man — if he could find out if there was an evangelical church in Aswan, as we would like to attend.   Explanation   He looked rather bemused and said that he had never been asked such a question before. He asked, ‘What is an evangelical church?’ So...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Open homes
March 2006
Northern Africa

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Open homes

A Christian midwife describes her work in North Africa It was a home with which my colleagues were familiar. They had been here for two previous deliveries and had been honoured guests for meals following those births. For me, however, it was a first-time experience — and one I shall never forget. It was dark inside the house made from mud and straw. There was no electricity, so I was thankful that we had a torch to show us where to place our feet. It smelt of wood smoke from the small fire in a door-less room to our left, where water was boiling in...

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March 2006
Morocco

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT- Kingdom of Morocco

Area: 172,414square miles.   Neighbours : Western Sahara, Algeria, and Spain (enclaves and islands). Morocco is Africa’s closest link to Europe, bordering the Strait of Gibraltar. Environment : Morocco has the highest mountains (Atlas mountains; Jebel Toubkal 4,165 m) in North Africa. Its fertile coastal regions are well irrigated. The southern part of the country is Sahara desert. There is a rich wildlife, with extensive forests and European and African plants and animals. Government : Constitutional monarchy, with legal systembased on Islamic and European law. Population : 32.5 million. Life expectancy: Males 68 years; females 73 years. Ethnic groups: Arab-Berber 99%; others, including French, Spanish...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT
March 2006
Morocco

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Evangelical Christianity in Morocco Articles and pictures in this month’s Missionary Spotlight (pages 14 & 19) are provided by Arab World Ministries (AWM) which commemorates 2006 as its 125th anniversary. It ministers to Arab peoples in North Africa, as well as to immigrants in North America and Europe. Morocco is one of 19 Arab countries in which AWM works today. Further details on www.awm.org Several waves of foreign peoples colonised Morocco in thecenturies before and after Christ, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Vandals — who overran Roman Europe and then continued their passage of destruction into North Africa. These peoples were successively absorbed into the...

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Missionary Spotlight – Sudan
November 2001
Sudan

Missionary Spotlight – Sudan

recognised him as soon as I answered the knock on the guest-house door. He had been one of the evangelists at the previous week’s conference.   His two top front teeth were missing and the first tooth on either side of the gap was bright gold. But it wasn’t his dental work that had imprinted him on my memory — it was the smile on his face when he sang and worshipped, the beauty of the Lord in him. And he wasn’t the only one like that. I was in Sudan at the invitation of the Africa Inland Church (AIC-S) to minister at their first...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT
September 2000
Egypt

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

EGYPTIAN church History   Isaiah 19 predicts that one day the worship of the true God will be supreme in Egypt. In Acts 2, Egyptians were among the many converts on the Day of Pentecost. Tradition has it that the evangelist Mark, perhaps along with these Egyptian converts, spent much time preaching in Egypt. Whether or not this was the case, the Christian faith spread there rapidly.   As the early church grew, it found a people in Egypt that already had the Old Testament Scriptures in Greek, a language widely spoken in the northern part of the Nile delta. In the following centuries Egyptian...

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Missionary Spotlight-A Visit to Egypt
April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight-A Visit to Egypt

Elizabeth and I first met Pastor Thabet Isaac Megaly in 1998. In January 2000 I visited his church in Kodia, where services are held every evening at 6.00 p.m. and twice on Sunday. On this occasion the church building was packed to the doors with all ages attending. No doubt a retired English-speaking pastor was something of a sensation! With Pastor Thabet, my diligent host, interpreting for me, I preached there and elsewhere sixteen times altogether. The Egyptian people are most hospitable. They honour you by their care, always putting you first and providing much (indeed, too much) delicious food. It is a Muslim country,...

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Missionary Spotlight
April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight

MSY wrote from Liman Wadi Natroun Prison, in the western desert of Egypt, in response to MERF’s gospel broadcasts. He is serving a seven-year jail term on a drugs charge, and had been listening to these broadcasts for several months. God’s grace had touched his life. The prison officer noticed his changed life and helped him contact his family members and correspond with Christians in Egypt. He was allowed to receive a copy of the Arabic Bible and several pieces of Christian literature. In August he asked that a pastor visit his family. A few days later the family was very surprised to be visited...

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Missionary Spotlight-Egypt Today
April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight-Egypt Today

During the second half of the nineteenth century the Lord used the efforts of Bible-believing, Reformed missionaries to disciple tens of thousands of Coptic people and scores of Muslims. This led to the establishment of vibrant Reformed congregations throughout the country. The missionaries realised that they must train pastors, evangelists, elders, deacons and others. This training of an indigenous leadership for the growing churches proved prudent and effective. Today, the Reformed community in Egypt is not only the largest Bible-believing community in the entire Mediterranean region, but also plays an active role in evangelism, church planting and teaching throughout the Arabic speaking world. Coptic believers...

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April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight – Egypt – Fact File

Egypt – Fact File Area – 385, 229 square miles.   Political – Neighbouring countries are Gaza Strip, Israel, Libya and Sudan. Egypt is strategically placed, controlling the only land bridge from Africa, the Sinai desert, and the Suez Canal. It plays a central role in Arab-Israeli politics.   Capital – Cairo (12 million).   Ports – Alexandria (3 million), Aswan, Port Said and Suez.   Urbanisation – 49%.   Economy – Egypt has achieved economic progress since the 1980s, although oil price fluctuations and the massacre of foreign tourists in Luxor in November 1997 have lost it foreign exchange earnings. About 40% of the...

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