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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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June 2002
South Africa

John Blanchard in SA

John Blanchard has recently returned to the UK from a remarkably fruitful tour of speaking engagements in South Africa. Organized by the Alpha and Omega Trust in conjunction with Christian Book Discounters, the tour took him to several towns in the Johannesburg and Pretoria area, to the south coast town of George and to the Western Cape, where he carried out many engagements from a central base in Cape Town. All of his engagements focused on Christian apologetics. As well as speaking in churches of at least seven different denominations, from Dutch Reformed to Baptist, he addressed audiences at the country’s four largest universities —...

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May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – Facts

Area— 318,215 square miles.   Neighbours   — Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. Environment   — Hot desert. The Namib Desert runs along the western coast, the Kalahari Desert runs to the east. The Orange and Zambezi rivers form part of Namibia’s borders. Population   — 1.8 million. Urbanisation   : 39%. Ethnic groups — Bantu 73%, Khoisan 9%, Damara 6%, European or Afrikaans 5%, mixed race 7%. Languages   — English (official), Afrikaans, German, indigenous languages including Bantu. Literacy   — 40% approx. Life expectancy   — 40 years. AIDS is endemic. Capital   — Windhoek (250,000). Economy   — Namibia is rich...

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Missionary Spotlight – Developments in Ovamboland
May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – Developments in Ovamboland

Radio preaching and open-air evangelistic campaigns among the Oshivambo people have resulted in much blessing. As a result, new village churches have started. The work has proved particularly fruitful in seven villages.   This fruitfulness is demonstrated by groups of people now gathering to listen to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word in an ongoing Bible ministry. Where a ‘qualified’ leader has been available to take on responsibility for the group, a viable fellowship has been constituted. These leaders have proved hard-working and zealous. Often the new converts are already HIV/AIDS positive, but they have remained eager to follow Christ, and faithful in the...

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Missionary Spotlight – AIM and AEF
May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – AIM and AEF

The gospel was first preached in Namibia in the first half of the nineteenth century, when a strong Evangelicalism emerged.   However, the influence of liberal theology gradually led to a weakening of the churches, and large numbers of professing Christians mixed their beliefs with ancestor worship. But the Dutch Reformed Church remained evangelical in doctrine. The Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) sent missionaries to Namibia in the late 1960s. In 1986 the Africa Inland Mission (AIM) joined with AEF to form a larger team that currently works in the capital, Windhoek, and among the Herero, Hambukushu and Lozi people groups. There is also a significant...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouragements in Namibia
May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – Encouragements in Namibia

The South African Baptist Union began missionary work in Namibia in the 1950s. They were followed by Southern Baptists, who caused much harm by their emphasis on baptismal regeneration. As a result many in their churches today have not repented of sin and are not born again.   Blessing   A few of us in recent years have discovered the Reformed faith. This has been through reading Reformed literature — for example, the Puritans, J. C. Ryle, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones and John Blanchard — and through the ministry of Reformed pastors from England. Namibia’s political, religious and ethnic situation remains stable, so that Christians have freedom...

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Missionary Spotlight
May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight

The gospel in Namibia   Namibia was a German colony between 1883 and 1915. Subsequently it was ruled by South Africa until 1990.   The first missionaries to arrive in Namibia were Abraham and Christian Albrecht of the London Missionary Society (LMS). They crossed the Orange River and established a mission station in the deep south of Namibia in 1806. This happened some 35 years before David Livingstone set foot on African soil in March 1841. In 1814 Johann Heinrich Schmelen established an LMS mission station at Ui-Gantes (Bethanie) — a strategic base from which other mission stations were planted. Other early missionary endeavours stemmed...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-South Africa
July 2000
South Africa

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-South Africa

South Africa – a personal view It does not take deep analysis to realise that Evangelicalism in South Africa is in decline. But my own recent travels in the USA convinced me not only of that fact, but also that Africa is in spiritual crisis. With poverty, disease (HIV, AIDS, TB, Malaria etc.) and crime levels so high in Southern Africa, gospel ministry there becomes doubly urgent and significant. When I fell victim to an armed hijacking in South Africa, losing virtually my whole identity (car, wallet, briefcase, cell phone, diary, Bible), I realised that God was graciously allowing me to get an inside view...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-South Africa
July 2000
South Africa

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-South Africa

Theological trends in South Africa The changing political situation in South Africa has given rise to major changes in theological education over the past decade, changes that are in line with worldwide trends. Until about ten years ago, anyone wanting to train for the Christian ministry or the mission field could enrol at a university or Bible college. But things have been changing. Past attitudes Several universities were recognised as training institutions for the major denominations. Stellenbosch, Potchefstroom and Pretoria universities trained students for the Dutch Reformed, Gereformeerde and Hervormde churches. Rhodes University trained students for Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian churches. The training offered by...

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Sikhono
May 2000
South Africa

Sikhono

On a recent return visit to South Africa late last year we had the opportunity and privilege of seeing first hand a small but exciting Reformed work in the town of Butterworth, in the Eastern Cape Province. We set off early in the morning from Durban and headed due south. Most of the major roads in South Africa are very good and the first half of the journey was easy going. Just before we left Kwazulu, Natal, we encountered major road works, but these were soon behind us and we entered the Eastern Cape. Although it is the home territory of ex-president Nelson Mandela, this...

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Missionary Spotlight – The Church in South Africa — A Plea
March 2000
South Africa

Missionary Spotlight – The Church in South Africa — A Plea

Although Portuguese Catholics predated the Dutch in landing at the Cape of Good Hope, the history of the gospel in South Africa really began with the arrival of the Dutch in 1652. These were followed by the French Huguenots (1668) and by early German settlers. Most of these settlers were Protestants, while the Dutch and French were Calvinists. The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) became the established church in South Africa. Thus, as the colony expanded during the eighteenth century, so did the DRC. However, growth was confined to the white settler congregations.   Divisions   By the end of the nineteenth century, the influence of...

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March 2000
South Africa

Missionary Spotlight – South Africa – Fact File

South Africa – Fact File   Area: Over 471,000 square miles.   Neighbouring countries:   Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho. Climate and terrain:   A large interior plateau, with various plains (velds), is rimmed by rugged hills. The interior is semiarid, but conditions are subtropical along a narrow, eastern, coastal plain. Drought is common, and the relative lack of inland waterways necessitates extensive land irrigation and water conservation measures. Natural resources:   These include, famously, gold and diamonds, but also, coal, chromium, antimony, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt and natural gas. South Africa has over 200 species...

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