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Missionary Spotlight – Sierra Leone today
July 2007
Sierra Leone

Missionary Spotlight – Sierra Leone today

Sierra Leone today In the centre of Freetown in the middle of the rainy season, a group of more than 40 pastors and evangelists from different tribes and churches gathered for a Bible conference organised by Truth Mission and UFM – the first reformed gathering in Sierra Leone as far as anyone could remember. Each morning of the three-day event opened with a sermon on ‘The primacy of the cross’, followed by a study on how to prepare an expository sermon. Other topics included: What is an Evangelical?; The sufficiency of Scripture; The importance of doctrine; Current spiritual trends; and The role of women in...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Amazing grace in Sierra Leone
June 2006
Sierra Leone

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Amazing grace in Sierra Leone

The gospel arrived in Sierra Leone over 200 years ago, the first missionaries being former slaves from Britain. They strode up the shore from their ship praising and thanking God, and singing an Isaac Watts hymn: ‘Awake! And sing the song, Of Moses and the Lamb’.   Missionaries indeed – for many of these pioneers were descendants of slaves captured along the West African coast during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the providence of God these descendants, now free, would carry the gospel to Sierra Leone and much of West Africa. Their first ship arrived in 1787. Another came in 1792, followed by many...

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June 2006
Sierra Leone

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-The way forward in Sierra Leone

Christopher Jonah, his wife Betty and baby Ciel have set off on a lonely path. They have, with the help of friends in the UK, set up their own mission – Truth Mission. Saddened by the way in which the Bible is mishandled throughout the country, and by the prevalence of ‘prosperity’ teaching, Truth Mission sets out to model faithful exposition of the Scriptures.   False teaching   The gospel in Sierra Leone is being submerged in a sea of false teaching that – as Christopher put it – ‘promises so much but delivers so little’. He had to do something about it. Prosperity teaching...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Committed to the truth
April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Committed to the truth

I recently had the privilege of travelling to Ghana to witness first-hand the labours and endeavours of our good Christian brothers and sisters in that land. Ghana is a West African country that is facing the same poverty of true religion that we are in the USA. We are pitted against many of the same foes. The Muslim population is on the increase in that land as it is throughout the world, while Ghana has multitudes following charlatans that promise health, wealth and success. As one drives through the city, the most prominent religious institutions are the mosques and the many massive buildings of the...

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April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Area:92,100 square miles. Neighbours: Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo. Environment: The terrain of Ghana consists mainly of low-lying plains with a central southern plateau. There are savannah grasslands in the north and farmland and forest in the south. It has the world’s largest man-made lake – Lake Volta. Population: 21.5 million. Infant mortality: 48 deaths/1,000 live births. Life expectancy: 56 years. Ethnic groups: About 100 ethnic groups, belonging to the Kwa 71%, Gur 25.5%, Mande 1%; and others (including Fulbe, European, and refugees from Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire) 2.5%. Languages: English (official); African languages. Literacy: Male 83%, female 67%. Capital: Accra (2.25 million). Other...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Ghana’s Christian legacy
April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Ghana’s Christian legacy

Christianity has existed in Ghana for over 170 years and has contributed in no small way to the development of Ghanaian society and the well-being of its people.   The first Basel and Bremen Presbyterian missionaries believed that without education it was difficult to preach the gospel effectively. Nor could there be indigenous, self-supporting churches unless church members had employable skills. Therefore, from the beginning, gospel preaching was accompanied by educational and vocational training.   Schools   The church in Ghana was the first agency to establish educational, agricultural, trade and medical services. In 1949 it had 2165 primary and middle schools, compared to 1592...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT- Problems and challenges in Ghana
April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT- Problems and challenges in Ghana

There are many churches in Ghana, especially in the urban areas of the south. Here one can find a church nearly every two hundred metres. Over 60% of the population claim to be Christian, and yet the real church (of born-again believers) constitutes less than 2%.   This low figure is surprising against a backdrop of so many churches, but few of these churches preach the gospel, and it is hard to find real believers in them. Many people know the biblical clichés and phrases, but have been lulled into a state of spiritual complacency and slumber.   True churches   Even amongst believers there...

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February 2006
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight

Tony Okoroh, pastor of Sovereign Grace Bible Church, Lagos, writes:   We give glory to God, who made this third annual Lagos Conference possibleon 3-5 November. Nigeria is desperately needy. Many evangelical pastors are strongly influenced by the word-faith movement and ignorant of the counsel of God. This year’s theme was 1 Timothy 4:16, ‘Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine’. Joe Jacowitz (Christ’s Bible Church, Oakland, California) spoke on the pastor’s ministry to himself, preserving the pastor’s first love and the pastor’s devotional life. Abiodun Longe (Upper Room Baptist Church, Lagos) spoke on basic Christian doctrines, the need for a sound doctrinal foundation,...

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Missionary Spotlight-Visit to Mali
September 2004
Mali

Missionary Spotlight-Visit to Mali

  Monday 19 January   Arrived at Bamako at 06.45. It was warm and breezy. In the terminal it was chaos, but we were rescued by the only English speaker, an American. We had a long wait for a bus to Mopti. It was old and the air got ever hotter as we sat choking with fumes from a running engine while drivers argued about money. At last we set out — at 09.55. Welcome to Africa! The uncomfortable ride was compensated by views of goats, dust, old cars, mopeds, motor cycles, and ladies with large loads on their heads. We were fascinated by ovens...

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Missionary Spotlight – Northern Mali’s young church
September 2004
Mali

Missionary Spotlight – Northern Mali’s young church

The church in northern Mali consists of first generation Christians who need grounding in new attitudes to sin and morality. For example, in Islam stealing is no great sin provided nobody catches you! In Christ, people discover genuine honesty. Many Christians are under pressure from family and friends to return to Islam. Being part of the family group is important, so a new Christian usually finds himself rejected. He is refused food and lodging, and may be ostracised. He is treated like a dog. Most believers in Mali are young men still dependent on their families. But what if their biological family wants nothing to...

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Missionary Spotlight – Even the water is dry
September 2004
Mali

Missionary Spotlight – Even the water is dry

  Mali — a former French colony not yet reached by the twenty-first century — is four times the size of the UK, with a population of 12 million. Two-thirds of it is Sahara desert. However, it has an intriguing and glorious past — embracing the ancient Malian and Songhay empires as well as Timbuktu and the Tuaregs.   Today, southern Mali and capital city Bamako have Christian churches of many kinds, which coexist with animism and Islam (mixed with animism). Northern Mali had to wait more than 1,900 years for the gospel. The Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) started work in 1923, but found...

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Storm over the Ivory Coast
April 2003
Ivory Coast

Storm over the Ivory Coast

Who would have thought it? The September uprising in the Ivory Coast took many by surprise. The Ivory Coast has for a long time been something of a role model in terms of its stability and development. Even in Africa, where political stability is not necessarily regarded as a virtue, the country was heading in the right direction. Yet now it faces months, maybe years, of conflict and unrest. Everyone knew there was unrest following the disappearance of the former president, Félix Houphouet-Boigny in 1993. Politicians found it very difficult to fill the shoes of the ‘Old Man’. But recently, especially after the election of...

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