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World Mission – The Somali people

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February 2011
Somalia

World Mission – The Somali people

The Somali people   There are probably between eight and nine million Somalis in Somalia and Somaliland, while many others live in the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.      Somali refugees are found in the Arabian Peninsula, the Gulf, Western Europe, North America and New Zealand. Some Somalis are semi-nomadic pastoralists, who take care of their camels, cattle, goats and sheep. Others are urbanised.      Ever since the beginning of this century, the Somali people have continuously extended their territory. Today, they are settled all around the Horn of Africa.      Somalis are Muslims who, along with their expansion, also spread Islam. About...

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World Mission – My faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah

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February 2011
Somalia

World Mission – My faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah

My faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah   I was born to a very religious Somali family, in a small village in western Somalia. I am a Somali. I grew up in Mogadishu where I worked and finished high school. My father was a well-known religious leader and also a well-respected tribal leader. He memorised the entire Qur’an in Arabic, even though he could not speak Arabic very well. The Qur’an is roughly the size of the Christian New Testament.      My father trained Muslim religious teachers for the propagation of Islam. In his pursuit of spreading Islam he enjoyed the moral and material support...

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World Mission – African pastors’ conferences

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January 2011
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World Mission – African pastors’ conferences

African pastors’ conferences   North Africa was full of churches in the first centuries after the apostles. Churches, Bible schools, libraries and missionary enterprise flourished across the Mediterranean coast of North Africa.      Before the apostles set foot in Europe, the church in Africa was advancing. It grew for 600 years. Then suddenly in the mid-600s the visible church was almost entirely snuffed out (Ethiopia and what is now northern Sudan escaped this demise).      The forces of Islam extinguished entire swathes of Christian congregations. How could this happen? Why did this happen? Why did professing believers line up to renounce their church memberships and...

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World Mission – A remarkable mission field

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January 2011
South Africa

World Mission – A remarkable mission field

A remarkable mission field   More than half the 6.6 billion people on our planet already live in cities, and this proportion is set to increase to 70 per cent of the world population by 2050.      According to United Nations forecasts, the number of megacities – metropolises with a population of more than ten million – will increase from 22 today to 26 by 2015. Already there are more than 300 cities with over a million inhabitants.      Every year, cities for 13 million additional people are built from scratch. If urbanisation continues on the same scale, there will be 6.4 billion city dwellers...

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World MIssion – Spiritual warfare in Africa

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November 2010
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World MIssion – Spiritual warfare in Africa

Spiritual warfare in Africa   Scapegoats are always welcome. Some Christians blame evil spirits for many of the problems of life, including their own personal deficiencies and failures. A recent book on the subject refers to a woman who cast out demons from her toaster when it broke down. Is there really a demon behind every bush and under every bed?   Some years ago news reports described a ‘whispering campaign’ against a bishop who was candidate for the primacy of the Church of England. His supporters claimed it may have been inspired by the followers of rival candidates, or by clergy whom he had...

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Missionary Spotlight – Mommies Doran and Coats of Ain Leuh, Morocco – a personal tribute

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September 2010
Morocco

Missionary Spotlight – Mommies Doran and Coats of Ain Leuh, Morocco – a personal tribute

Mommies Doran and Coats of Ain Leuh,Morocco’ a personal tribute   In 1951 Ellen Doran and Emmagene Coats purchased a simple Moroccan home on a mountainside near the Middle Atlas village of Ain Leuh.   Although they had come to Morocco from the USA in 1939 as missionary partners, by bringing to them unbidden five little girls (who for different reasons and periods of time needed their shelter), God had increasingly shown that motherhood was now his calling for these two single ladies.      Then they were given a baby daughter whose abruptly widowed father had lovingly entrusted her to their permanent care. She was...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Port Harcourt

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September 2010
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Port Harcourt

Encouragement in Port Harcourt   We are grateful to God that he had led us through the first half of 2010, although the Niger Delta is troubled by renewed kidnapping attempts.   Here, in the south of Nigeria, everything and everyone has been Christianised. One newspaper wrote this ‘Christian’ comment from ‘Mike’ about the World Cup: ‘Boy, I have been enjoying myself. I have been indoors, enjoying every minute, every second of the World Cup. ‘I am sure the hosts of heaven are also watching the World Cup. There must be TV sets in heaven. Yes, there must! Whatever is on earth must be in...

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With Moravians in Tanzania

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July 2010
Tanzania

With Moravians in Tanzania

With Moravians in Tanzania   Some time ago I met a student from Tanzania studying here in the UK. His name is Willey Mwasile. He is a member of the Moravian denomination. When he returned to Tanzania he was appointed principal of Utungule Bible College.      He invited me to spend a couple of weeks teaching theology in the Mbeya region (South-West Province of Tanzania). Tanzania has a population of about 45 million people. The number of Christians ranges from 50-70 per cent. There have been no official statistics for many years. The country is very poor with the average wage being between one to...

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LRA

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June 2010
Democratic Republic of Congo

LRA

LRA   In the north the barbarism of the ‘Lord’s Resistance Army’ (LRA), originating from Uganda, has brought havoc to vast and impoverished areas of Congo.      The Congolese army and UN forces struggle to deal effectively with the situation, while the outside world shows scant interest in the faraway and faceless people of that remote region. Even in the last few weeks rebel forces were able briefly to seize the airport in the major town of Mbandaka, in western Congo.      Inevitably, Congolese churches have suffered along with the rest of the population from the effects of the continuing conflict. Some believers have lost...

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Light in the DRC’s darkness

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June 2010
Democratic Republic of Congo

Light in the DRC’s darkness

Light in the DRC’s darkness   In the early 1900s many considered Africa to be the ‘dark continent’. What was then called Belgian Congo was thought to be at the heart of this darkness. So missionary pioneers like C. T. Studd and Peter Cameron Scott sought to create a chain of mission stations, to reach the many tribes who had never heard of Jesus Christ and counter the advance of Islam from the north.      It is 100 years since their arrival and 50 years on since the DRC became an independent nation. What has God been doing in this area, so marked by wars,...

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June 2010
Democratic Republic of Congo

Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo   Over many years, Western media have paid little attention to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but few can be totally unaware of the conflict that has troubled that country with such catastrophic effect since 1996.      The numbers who have died are counted in millions; the economy, which was precarious before the conflict, has largely collapsed; and the country’s institutional structures are seriously undermined.      Officially, peace has now come and the armed forces of neighbours like Rwanda and Uganda withdrawn. However, ethnic conflict in the Kivu provinces of the Great Lakes region in the east...

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June 2010
Democratic Republic of Congo

FACTFILE – The Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo Factfile     Area: 905,354 sq miles.   Climate: Equatorial.   Population: 68 million.   Infant mortality: 81 per 1000.   Life expectancy: 54 years.   Capital: Kinshasa (8 million).   Peoples: Over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu. The four largest tribes — Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and Mangbtu-Azande (Hamitic) — comprise 45 per cent of the population.   Languages: French (official), Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo, Tshiluba.   Economy:The DRC has vast potential wealth in the form of minerals and precious metals, diamonds, petroleum, coal, hydropower and timber; coffee is also an export. However, due to...

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