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Missionary Spotlight – New Tribes Mission in Guinea, West Africa
October 2009
Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – New Tribes Mission in Guinea, West Africa

New Tribes Mission in Guinea, West Africa   The country of Guinea is home to about 40 people groups, most of which are classed as least-reached or unreached with the gospel. It is just the sort of place one would expect to find a mission like New Tribes Mission (NTM), since our mandate is to assist the church in reaching people groups who have no effective gospel witness.   For many years the Guinean government would not allow missionaries to work in Guinea. That changed in the mid 1980s, and by the end of the decade a few NTM missionaries had arrived to begin preparing...

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Missionary Spotlight – Guinea turned 50
October 2009
Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Guinea turned 50

Guinea turned 50   The year 2008 marked the 50th anniversary of Guinea’s independence from France. In honour of the occasion, a colleague wrote the following words: ‘We prefer liberty in poverty to slavery in riches’.      For this ideal the Republic of Guinea fought and gained independence from French colonial rule. But during the next five decades, true liberty has proved elusive, as political, socioeconomic and spiritual poverty has gnawed at the fabric of individual and national life.      Impoverished   From independence in 1958, Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea, unleashed a murderous communist dictatorship that lasted for 26 years and left the...

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October 2009
Ghana

Missionary Spotlight – Church history

Church history   Protestant missions to Guinea began in 1918 when the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) entered the country. Other missions entered in the ensuing years but were expelled without exception in 1967 by the Marxist government.      Only eight CMA personnel were allowed to remain, and their activities were restricted. As a child, President Sekou Touré had positive contact with the CMA, which no doubt influenced his government’s decision to allow some of the mission to remain.      Mission Philafricaine, a medical centre for treatment of TB, leprosy and other diseases, was the only other ministry allowed to enter Guinea until the change...

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October 2009
Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Guinea Fact File

Republic of Guinea fact file   The population is just over 10 million.   The highest point in the country is Mont Nimba (5,748 feet).   Guinea is ranked 13th from the bottom among the poorest countries in the world.   Guinea possesses over 25 billion metric tons of bauxite (nearly half the world’s reserves), over 4 billion tons of high-grade iron ore, significant diamond and gold deposits, and large quantities of uranium.   There are 41 tribal groups.   The official language is French. Other languages include Pular, Maninka, Susu, Insula, Kissi, Kpelle and Loma.   The Malinke and Puehl in the north comprise 70...

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Agape Children’s Village, Uganda
September 2009
Uganda

Agape Children’s Village, Uganda

Agape Children’s Village, Uganda   Uganda has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and has the world’s highest concentration of AIDS orphans. With a population of 30.9 million, one in every eighteen Ugandans is an AIDS orphan. In 2002 there were 1.7 million AIDS orphans, out of a total of 2.4 million Ugandan orphans.   The orphan problem is coped with in different ways. There are child-headed homes where both parents have died and a child in its late teens acts as parent. Such teenagers, already traumatised through seeing their parents die, face onerous tasks like fetching water, growing food and tending sick siblings....

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September 2009
South Africa

Missionary Spotlight – Street evangelism in South Africa

Street evangelism in South Africa   The January 2000 edition of ET carried a full-length article on the literature ministry of Doug Crutchley ([email protected]), in South Africa, which began in 1996. Since then, after ten years full-time evangelistic outreach, Doug has distributed many more thousands of pieces of Christian literature in such places as Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.      In a recent newsletter Doug calculated that he had passed on 132,455 copies of Ultimate Questions by John Blanchard, 4516 other booklets, and 2018 books. The great majority of the booklets and books were also authored by John Blanchard and published by EP Books. This...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria
July 2009
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria

Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria   Our seventh annual Reformed Bible Conference in Port Harcourt saw 209 pastors and 60 others from twenty different churches gather together.   Before it even started, we were able to enjoy ministry from Chris Buss (Metropolitan Tabernacle, London). He preached to thirty seminary students on: ‘Teaching believers about personal prayer’; ‘The biblical necessity of the Lord’s day’; and ‘Fundamental principles of the canon of Scripture’. The next day he preached at both Sunday services and spoke to the Sunday school children, as well as to a group of converts preparing for baptism. Monday began with a live radio programme....

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Missionary Spotlight – French West Africa
July 2009
Western Africa

Missionary Spotlight – French West Africa

French West Africa   I was recently in French West Africa. In Lomé, Togo, I had the joy of meeting Julien Naka, my Europresse (French EP Books) colleague. Paul N’Goran, from Ivory Coast, joined us the next day, along with Vincent Dua, a young preacher from his church. Vincent is quiet and shy – until he gets in the pulpit, opens the Bible and starts preaching. Then he is like a young lion for the Lord!   On Saturday, we preached at Lomé and found the people eager to learn about free grace. People continued asking searching questions for most of the afternoon. We spent...

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ETI in Sierra Leone
June 2009
Sierra Leone

ETI in Sierra Leone

ETI in Sierra Leone   On my most recent visit to Sierra Leone, taking Pastors’ Conferences for PTI (Pastor Training International) I met Samuel Suluku. He is a young man that my home church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Swansea, are privileged to support by paying for copies of Evangelical Times International (ETI) to be sent to him every quarter.   I took the opportunity of spending some time with him, trying to discover something of his past and of his hopes for the future, both for himself and for his country.      Samuel is from the Kono tribe of Sierra Leone and was brought up in...

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Missionary Spotlight – Pokot update
April 2009
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Pokot update

Pokot update   I visited the Pokot churches in Kenya again in October 2008. It was encouraging to see continuing spiritual growth, manifested in their desire for us to preach the gospel in areas not previously visited.      The first such area was Apur, reached only after an hour’s hot walk from the road. Here about 40 adults, as well as many children, were gathered. In Pokot, it is traditional to kill an animal before a person who has killed another is allowed back into his home. This gives a golden opportunity to explain the significance of Christ’s death  as the perfect sacrifice for our...

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Missionary Spotlight – Missionary work – without the glamour
September 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Missionary work – without the glamour

Missionary work – without the glamour   In his final report Cliff Barton shares more of the down-to-earth challenges of pastoral work among the Pokot of Kenya.   Korokou is a hilly area, yet characterised by much agriculture. We were able to drive up a rough road cut out to aid development. It takes at least one and a half hours to cover the eight miles.      This is where brother Domoo has his first home. He is a polygamist and is very sad now about it. Two of his wives live here and the other down the hill in Kasei. He was one of...

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Missionary Spotlight – Kenya
July 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Kenya

Kenya   We continue this series on Pokot, Kenya, with another Cliff Barton article explaining graphically what is involved in missionary work in remote tribal areas.   Here in Kasepa, where gospel preaching began in 1980, they have built a church in true Pokot style – a rectangle of upright sticks, and sticks and branches for a roof. It cost them nothing except the labour, although it will not keep out the rain. In the past many have moved away from here because of the problem of water. Non-salty water is only available at the bore holes in Kamketo over 4km away.      Most of...

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