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March 2016
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Lesotho

Mission to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (2)

On the Monday (see ET, February 2016), our real work began in this tiny nation enclosed within South Africa. We formed into teams, each with a Gideons interpreter (www.gideons.org.uk) and driver. My team drove out into the mountains in a 4WD truck, loaded with Bibles. Off the main roads of Lesotho, the country ‘roads’ are appalling. They are nothing but heaps of loose stones and boulders. Dangerous travel Going either up or down a hill was quite dangerous. At various times we had to get out of our truck to move loose boulders that were in the way, or reduce the weight of the vehicle....

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February 2016
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Lesotho

Mission to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

‘How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news’ (Isaiah 52:7). It has been the most amazing time! I have travelled to the most beautiful country I have ever seen, met with wonderfully friendly people, and helped to bring the Word of God to a nation eagerly hungering for it. As a Gideon of some years’ standing, I was asked in April 2015 if I would like to go to Lesotho on an ‘International Bible Blitz’ (IBB) helping the local Gideons expand the work in that country (for more on the work of the Gideons, see www.gideons.org.uk). I had heard...

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Encouragements in Namibia
October 2012
Namibia

Encouragements in Namibia

Encouragements in Namibia Imagine one of the tutors at London Theological Seminary being interviewed on prime time BBC breakfast television, sympathetically and at some length. That gives you the idea of what happened on the state-owned Namibia Broadcasting Company’s breakfast programme. One of the lecturers at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS) in Windhoek was invited to share what was happening at the seminary, which trains men and women from a number of countries in Southern Africa for Christian ministries.    Imagine Carol Kirkwood or Helen Willetts finishing the weather forecast with the words ‘God bless our country’ — you can picture the supporters of the National...

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World Mission – A remarkable mission field
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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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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Africa-style conferences in South Africa
April 2007
South Africa

Africa-style conferences in South Africa

The purpose of these conferences is to provide a high standard of expository preaching and supply books at affordable prices for pastors. Such books are like gold to the majority here, who have very few books. Our aim is for these Evangelical Press-sponsored conferences to become annual events and provide great inspiration, fellowship and expository literature. This can only be fulfilled if there is a powerful work of the Holy Spirit creating soul-thirst for Scripture truth and a high standard of unity in gospel truth. Planning The Lord knows how to bring good out of pain and suffering. If my wife Lyn had not been...

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Missionary Spotlight – Blessing in Kwazulu Natal
April 2004
South Africa

Missionary Spotlight – Blessing in Kwazulu Natal

Hillcrest is a small but growing town in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, some twenty miles inland from Durban. Its Baptist church, pastored by Jonathan Holdt, has a morning congregation of about 80 people. On the wall above the church door you see these words as you leave: ‘You are now entering the mission field’. The church has an active missionary committee, aiming to devote half the church’s income to mission. Zulu areas   Near Hillcrest are rural areas with large populations of Zulu people needing to hear the gospel. To this challenge the church is already responding by planting churches in strategic places. The first...

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Zulu Warrior orphans
September 2002
South Africa

Zulu Warrior orphans

A massive 2½ million children have been orphaned by the HIV epidemic in South Africa. As a response to the desperate needs, young Zulu Warrior orphans gave a spectacular Commonwealth Games-style art and culture performance at 30 venues throughout England this summer, to raise funds for their AIDS orphanage.   Dressed in traditional Zulu costumes of animal skins, spears and beautifully patterned cloaks, the Warriors performed a Zulu war dance, a funeral lament, victory celebrations, a comic narrative, a township dance and Zulu gospel music. Their skilful, highly co-ordinated dancing and harmonious singing enthralled their audiences. Motivated by Christian compassion and God’s call, the Warriors’...

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