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March 2015
Madagascar

Mandritsara Good News Hospital, Madagascar

In ET, May 2014, World Mission featured the strategic work of Mandritsara Good News Hospital, Madagascar. This month, Dr David Mann, recently retired from many years missionary medical work there, shares about his colleagues. Readers unacquainted with this thriving work will readily understand that most successful ministries, including the apostolic ministry within Acts, have been team enterprises, albeit with gifted leaders.

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March 2015
Nigeria

Nigeria

More than a million people have fled their homes in terror as a result of incessant attacks from Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria. According to reports from Christian advocacy group Barnabas Fund, victimisation and violence have become part of everyday life for many people there, particularly Christians. Alongside Boko Haram, Christians in northern Nigeria are also victims of repeated violence from ethnic Fulani Muslims, who have been responsible for killings, burning houses and forcing Christians to flee. Displaced Nigerian Christians have fled in droves to neighbouring Cameroon, where they have been given food and medical assistance from Barnabas Fund. On Sunday 25 January, the...

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March 2015
Kenya

Shooting in Mombasa

A church official called George Karidhimba Muriki was gunned down by unidentified assailants on a motorbike, just inside the church entrance gate, during January. The attack, in the Majengo neighbourhood of Mombasa city, was the latest in a string of anti-Christian activities that had happened in the nominally Christian country. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but many suspect Somali Islamists, Al-Shabaab, to be behind the incident. Although Kenya is a Christian-majority country, the city of Mombasa which is on the coastline is Muslim-majority.

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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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