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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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October 2009
Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Guinea Fact File

Republic of Guinea fact file   The population is just over 10 million.   The highest point in the country is Mont Nimba (5,748 feet).   Guinea is ranked 13th from the bottom among the poorest countries in the world.   Guinea possesses over 25 billion metric tons of bauxite (nearly half the world’s reserves), over 4 billion tons of high-grade iron ore, significant diamond and gold deposits, and large quantities of uranium.   There are 41 tribal groups.   The official language is French. Other languages include Pular, Maninka, Susu, Insula, Kissi, Kpelle and Loma.   The Malinke and Puehl in the north comprise 70...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria
July 2009
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria

Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria   Our seventh annual Reformed Bible Conference in Port Harcourt saw 209 pastors and 60 others from twenty different churches gather together.   Before it even started, we were able to enjoy ministry from Chris Buss (Metropolitan Tabernacle, London). He preached to thirty seminary students on: ‘Teaching believers about personal prayer’; ‘The biblical necessity of the Lord’s day’; and ‘Fundamental principles of the canon of Scripture’. The next day he preached at both Sunday services and spoke to the Sunday school children, as well as to a group of converts preparing for baptism. Monday began with a live radio programme....

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Missionary Spotlight – French West Africa
July 2009
Western Africa

Missionary Spotlight – French West Africa

French West Africa   I was recently in French West Africa. In Lomé, Togo, I had the joy of meeting Julien Naka, my Europresse (French EP Books) colleague. Paul N’Goran, from Ivory Coast, joined us the next day, along with Vincent Dua, a young preacher from his church. Vincent is quiet and shy – until he gets in the pulpit, opens the Bible and starts preaching. Then he is like a young lion for the Lord!   On Saturday, we preached at Lomé and found the people eager to learn about free grace. People continued asking searching questions for most of the afternoon. We spent...

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ETI in Sierra Leone
June 2009
Sierra Leone

ETI in Sierra Leone

ETI in Sierra Leone   On my most recent visit to Sierra Leone, taking Pastors’ Conferences for PTI (Pastor Training International) I met Samuel Suluku. He is a young man that my home church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Swansea, are privileged to support by paying for copies of Evangelical Times International (ETI) to be sent to him every quarter.   I took the opportunity of spending some time with him, trying to discover something of his past and of his hopes for the future, both for himself and for his country.      Samuel is from the Kono tribe of Sierra Leone and was brought up in...

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Missionary Spotlight – Creationism in Nigeria
January 2008
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Creationism in Nigeria

Creationism in Nigeria At the invitation of Rev. Adamu Maga, Director of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), Andy McIntosh recently visited five Nigerian cities – Abuja (Nigeria’s capital), Miango, Jos,Kaduna and Gindiri – to present the message of biblical creation. This is what Andy writes … In Abuja, I spoke in the home of Elesa Bitrus who works for the Ministry of Agriculture and who, together with his wife Rhoda, has many contacts. Not all who came were believers. At Miango to the west of Jos, I spoke over the weekend at a Christian School called Kent Academy. When asked, the great majority...

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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Liberia
August 2007
Liberia

Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Liberia

Christianity in Liberia The Liberian church was born out of the missionary fervour that gripped Western Europe and America in the nineteenth century. Baptists, Methodists and Episcopalians were among the first to engage in Liberian mission. All three denominations recognised ‘a unique opportunity for Protestant missions in Liberia’1 and had missionaries on board the S. S. Elizabeth as it brought the first settlers to Liberia. The early to mid1800s saw the establishment of an indigenous church among former American slaves who had been freed and repatriated to Africa.1-4 The early missionaries were convinced that Christianity was synonymous with civilisation. Twentieth century Later, the Liberia Inland...

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Missionary Spotlight – Africa Bible College
August 2007
Liberia

Missionary Spotlight – Africa Bible College

Africa Bible College As we circled the airfield in preparation for landing we knew we were in a place where peace was in progress. UN helicopters, cargo planes, tanks and trucks dominated the Liberian airfield. Our little two-engine prop plane, with a total of 17 passengers, taxied noisily to the arrival gate, missing the stop blocks on the first try. The Russian captain did a quick 360 degree turn to make another try at the blocks. While spinning around we caught a glimpse of the next Russian flight crew in their makeshift office – a rusty 50 foot container – awkwardly placed near the edge...

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Missionary Spotlight – ELWA
August 2007
Liberia

Missionary Spotlight – ELWA

ELWA Over fifty years ago, on 18 January 1954, Africa’s first Christian radio station went on the air in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Its name was Radio ELWA – ‘Eternal love winning Africa’. Over several days in January 2004 hundreds of people in Liberia and the USA held simultaneous celebrations marking the 50th anniversary and reflecting on all that God has done through this radio station. Two of the original founders of Radio ELWA were present at the US gathering, along with many missionaries and Liberians who had served at ELWA. Other ministries Beginning with transmissions that reached only the capital city, ELWA’s outreach...

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