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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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Missionary Spotlight – Suffering in the Sudan
November 1999
Sudan

Missionary Spotlight – Suffering in the Sudan

The Sudanese [Ethiopia] will raise their hands in prayer to God’ (Psalm 68:31). This is the ‘battle cry’ that many Sudanese Christians have adopted. This young church has seen much suffering since independence came to Sudan in 1956, along with civil war as the Arab north began to dominate the African south. The few church leaders in the infant church soon went into exile in Uganda and Kenya. The small church seemed to disappear, as most of its buildings were burnt and looted. Later, all missionaries were expelled under the Missionary Act of 1962, which is still on the statute books in Sudan. Lively faith...

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June 1999
Sudan

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-REPUBLIC OF SUDAN

Size – The largest country in Africa, with an area of nearly one million square miles and a maximum north-south length of 1,400 miles. Bordering countries – Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, Libya and Egypt. Geography – Tropical in the south, with swamps and rain forest; arid desert in the north; vast semi-arid plains and steppes in central Sudan. The Nile and its two tributaries are prominent. Population – Nearly 34 million. Many have died from war and famine since independence. Millions have been displaced from the south to the north of Sudan and to neighbouring countries, by the unrest. Ethnic...

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June 1999
Sudan

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-REPUBLIC OF SUDAN

The joy of loving enemies How about meeting people whom you then discover were involved in ransacking your own home village and killing your relatives? Christians of differing backgrounds have experienced that kind of thing for the past two thousand years, but here is an up-to-date account concerning two Sudanese Christians, ‘S’ and ‘K’, both from southern Sudan. They come from two different black Sudanese tribes, the Nuer and the Shilluk. Growing up  ‘K’s grandfather and father were converted from animism over thirty years ago through the testimony of an American missionary. ‘K’ grew up in a family that cherished freedom from fear and superstition,...

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