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October 2014
Madagascar

Training in Madagascar

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Situated off the east coast of South Africa, it is shaped like a large left foot, roughly 900 miles long and 350 miles at its widest. Carey Outreach Ministries has been assisting with the work of training ministers on the island of Madagascar for the past three years. Its founder, Dr Bob Penhearow, has made two visits of two weeks each, delivering 50 hours of lectures and addressing the Bible Convention that follows. This year I went in Dr Penhearow’s place. Pastor Rabenja Ramiaraka (known by all as Pastor Miara) is the key worker in the...

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October 2014
Articles > World Mission > Africa

‘Great is thy faithfulness!’

24 March 2013 — this will always be one of the most memorable dates of my life, for reasons not usually associated with memorable dates. It was Palm Sunday and I was living in Gamboula, a village on the western side of the Central African Republic (CAR). During the previous three months, the peace and security in CAR had been threatened by Muslim rebels called the Seleka, who wished to overthrow the government and install a Muslim state in a mostly Christian country. The missionaries had a meeting the night before, but nothing was really decided. Some wanted to leave soon, because they had young...

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September 2014
Nigeria

Barnabas Fund Suffering Church Action Week 2014

Living in Babylon — faithful to Christ in a hostile world The fires of anti-Christian persecution rage on around the world. Through most of the Middle East, and in large parts of Africa and Asia, our brothers and sisters continue to suffer discrimination, ill-treatment and violence because of their love for Christ. Research has estimated that around 200 million people claiming to be Christians — about 10 per cent of the total number — are disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their faith. Every week seems to bring its share of tragic and heart-breaking stories. In Nigeria, scores of Christian girls are abducted by a...

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September 2014
Ghana

PTI in Ghana

From 27 June to 11 July, Daniel Grimwade, one of the pastors of Dewsbury Evangelical Church, spent two weeks in Ghana with Ivan Watson, from Cavan Baptist Church, Southern Ireland. They travelled to Ghana to attend a preaching conference organised by Pastor Training International (PTI). PTI is a UK registered charity, established in 2004, that supports pastors who have had little or no training and yet are responsible for the oversight of their congregations. The organisation works mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, although their ministry activities are now expanding to areas in Asia and Eastern Europe. Ghana has an estimated population of 25 million; 71 per...

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June 2014
Somalia

Somali witness

For many centuries, the vast majority of Somalis have professed Islam. Like other East African Muslims, most have little knowledge of the Arabic language and therefore little understanding of their religion. They tend to follow different forms of folk Islam that include elements of ancestral pagan religions. In the Horn of Africa, the cause of Christian missions among Somali peoples was not helped by the presence of colonial powers (Italian, French and British). Also, in the second half of the twentieth century, with generous financing by oil wealth, a modern Islamic missionary movement prospered. It was led by Egyptian and Saudi Muslims, who succeeded in...

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May 2014
Madagascar

Can we really establish mission hospitals today?

In today’s world, many Christians and non-Christians would raise their eyebrows at the thought of opening a mission hospital in our generation. Surely the day of mission hospitals is past? Perhaps they served a purpose in the days of David Livingstone. But today? When we were involved in planning a mission hospital in Madagascar, over 20 years ago, many objections were raised against such a venture; and many people still raise doubts today. Here are some reasons why a mission hospital is often considered outmoded or inappropriate: 1) It’s a way of forcing people to be converted, in order for them to obtain medical help....

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May 2014
Madagascar

A new mission hospital in our generation

The Good News Hospital in Mandritsara, Madagascar, began in 1993 when a small group of missionaries and Malagasy Christians moved to this remote town, in a largely unevangelised area of northern Madagascar. The location was suggested by the Malagasy government health department, because of the large rural population and minimal government facilities. But, in the providence of God, it was also a very needy area spiritually. During the past 20 years, the hospital has developed with medical, surgical and maternity facilities, X-ray, laboratory, and an eye department. A community health team has established work in over 20 villages, in an area over half the size...

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May 2014
Madagascar

Gospel tracts

Patients all over the world spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting time is an opportunity for Christians to talk to them about the Lord — and for them to read the Scriptures and gospel tracts. With this in mind, several tracts have been written and translated into Malagasy. Here are some of them: Better is a tract to give when patients go home. It is based around the story of the ten whom Jesus healed of their leprosy, and the one who came back to give thanks. I want an abortion is for women who have had an abortion or are requesting one. It...

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