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May 2013
Western Africa

New training initiative in West Africa

Recently, a group of Senegalese, Liberian and Ivorian pastors and Christian workers, whose hearts God had burdened to take his Word more effectively to fellow Africans, let it be known that they wanted help with this outreach. New Tribes Mission (NTM) is more than happy to be involved.      Some of the participants, both trainers and trainees, had come to trust Christ as Saviour through the ministry of NTM missionaries. They subsequently were discipled and are engaged in gospel and pastoral ministry.      As a result, an exciting project is now under way to give these mature believers cross-cultural training as church planters. The introductory...

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Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet
August 2012
Nigeria

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet Communal violence is not new to Nigeria. In spite of this, the church has continued to grow — to 51.3 per cent of the population, according to Operation World. But, for several years now, Nigeria has been facing a new and growing threat from an extreme Muslim group known as Boko Haram. This group has a strong political agenda, feeding off discontent towards the federal government.     This discontent is felt all the more in northern Nigeria because the Federal Government of Nigeria is now headed by a southern Christian, President Goodluck Jonathan.    Boko Haram The name ‘Boko...

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November 2011
Nigeria

Lagos update

Mission:Nigeria  Lagos update  Despite a terrible fire earlier this year, the work of Sovereign Grace Bible Church,Lagos, is being blessed by God. According to Pastor Tony Okoroh, the church has witnessed God directing an average of three new visitors each month to morning worship services over the past three months. He said, ‘The need to move to a more spacious place is pressing. Because God has yet to provide the finances to do so, we are convicted to pray and plan for church plants instead. ‘We thank God for working in the hearts of some that have been attending our worship services for quite some...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Port Harcourt
September 2010
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Port Harcourt

Encouragement in Port Harcourt   We are grateful to God that he had led us through the first half of 2010, although the Niger Delta is troubled by renewed kidnapping attempts.   Here, in the south of Nigeria, everything and everyone has been Christianised. One newspaper wrote this ‘Christian’ comment from ‘Mike’ about the World Cup: ‘Boy, I have been enjoying myself. I have been indoors, enjoying every minute, every second of the World Cup. ‘I am sure the hosts of heaven are also watching the World Cup. There must be TV sets in heaven. Yes, there must! Whatever is on earth must be in...

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Missionary Spotlight – Snakes (and ants) alive!
October 2009
Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Snakes (and ants) alive!

Snakes (and ants) alive!   Let me tell you a couple of things from Guinea to remind you to pray for the safety of missionaries.      In the cool of a January morning our missionary colleague went outside to turn on their generator. When he opened the door to the generator house, he was greeted by a three foot long, spitting cobra, already poised in the hooded position.      He quickly backed out of the shed and closed the door, knowing that if the snake spat into his eyes he could be blinded, and if it struck him the venom would be deadly.      Thankfully,...

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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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