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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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Missionary Spotlight – Nigeria revisited
October 2002
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Nigeria revisited

Nigeria is a country of contrasts. It is vibrant with life and activity, and yet shows enormous differences in lifestyle.   In the cities begging and corruption exist alongside splendid buildings (usually mosques). Many are being reached, but there are still whole tribes who have not heard the gospel of Christ. People flock to the churches, but there is much superficial ceremony and a great need for sound Bible teaching. Visits   Three of us from the UK landed in Abuja on 28 June and stayed with a Christian family over the weekend. We preached at churches in Abuja and conducted Creation meetings. On the...

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Missionary Spotlight : Nigeria: a satanic attack
October 2002
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight : Nigeria: a satanic attack

The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ recently stirred up an attack from the kingdom of darkness in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.   A ‘mystic’ woman, a Prophetess of the ‘Cherubim and Seraphim Eternal Sacred Order’, lives in front of our church (Christ’s Reformed Church), with a fence between us as the boundary. Her ‘church’ burns candles and incense to angels, and its adherents wear white clothes and walk about in bare feet. Livelihood   Before we started our church, many people consulted this woman for the purpose of divination, and to obtain magic potions to promote their business, marriage, health, fertility etc. Initially, the woman...

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Missionary Spotlight-Benin
June 2002
Benin

Missionary Spotlight-Benin

Europresse (the French branch of Evangelical Press) held its annual preachers’ course conference in Benin, West Africa, in February 2002. Students from both Benin and Togo attended. Pastor Robert Strivens from England and I were welcomed at the airport by Eric and Paulin, leaders of the Grace Church in Cotonou, Benin. Our hotel was quite run-down. Still, we were in Africa, and the smiling faces of the brethren made up for the lack of comfort! Conference A brother from Cotonou put his car at our disposal and we travelled about 100 miles north to Bohicon, where the conference was held in the compound of the...

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Missionary Spotlight – Nigerian churches today
October 2001
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Nigerian churches today

A century ago our nation was in deep darkness. Superstition ruled and Satan was worshipped. Sacrifices were offered to deities in rivers, trees and rocks. The creature was worshipped rather than the Creator.   The earliest attempts by missionaries to penetrate Nigeria soon resulted in two missionary societies withdrawing from the area, after the death of 11 and 71 missionaries respectively mainly due to mosquito-borne disease. The West African Coast had become ‘the white man’s grave’. However, Nigeria was conquered at last largely through the work of black Jamaican missionaries, and the gospel spread like wildfire. The Acts of the Apostles repeated itself among our...

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Missionary Spotlight – The ‘Christian’ scene in S. E. Nigeria
November 2000
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – The ‘Christian’ scene in S. E. Nigeria

‘The New Jerusalem Hairdresser’s’, ‘The Heavenly Bakeries’, ‘The Mount Zion Hotel’ — everywhere you see evidence of a past influence of Christianity. ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ or ‘I’m covered by the blood’ is often painted on the front of lorries, while on the back is painted some Muslim slogan! It seems that whatever helps, goes.   There are thousands and thousands of ‘churches’ — perhaps a small village will have nine or ten different ones. Within five miles of the centre of a nearby town, there are estimated to be 500 churches. These churches divide roughly into two different kinds, independent and Western-type churches....

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July 2000
Western Africa

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-West Africa

An edited account of a journey undertaken by Bill Clark in French West Africa in August 1996. It depicts vividly the difficulties faced by missionaries travelling in that region. Bill went to be with the Lord in November 1998, but his work in Africa endures in the form of numerous independent Reformed churches and the literature and radio ministries described here. My journey to Africa did not begin well. We eventually arrived in the wrong country, Togo, where the airline arranged for us to stay in a hotel in Lomé. Next morning there was no bus to take us to Cotonou. I was due to...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-West Africa
July 2000
Western Africa

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-West Africa

Radio and literature in French West Africa At present, many French-speaking countries in Africa are at war or in a precarious state politically and economically. The Ivory Coast, for several years an area of ministry for Europresse-Afrique (a subsidiary of Evangelical Press), has become less stable politically and less secure as a market for Christian literature. Certainly, the Lord seems to be leading us to promote the gospel in other countries as well as Ivory Coast. But before we attempt to take books to distant places, we have been seeking further openings in countries near at hand, like Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo. Our visits...

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March 1998
Western Africa

Missionary Spotlight

Christian literature in French West Africa ‘Europresse-Afrique’ is an independent, indigenous organization based in Gagnoa, Ivory Coast. It is closely associated with ‘Europresse-France’, which is located in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. Both organizations were set up under EP Missionary, the missionary wing of Evangelical Press. Two men are employed full time in France, Jean-Claude Souillot and Marc Demory, and two in Ivory Coast, Paul N’Goran and Jean Katla. At the moment there are close to eighty Europresse titles available, comprising Reformed Christian books and booklets in French. These are distributed throughout the French-speaking world. Concerning the work in West Africa Paul N’Goran makes the following observations. Although...

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March 1998
Western Africa

Missionary Spotlight

Gospel radio in the French-speaking world The growth in understanding of the gospel of grace, which is happening today in many parts of French-speaking Africa, is undoubtedly due to the influence of Bill Clark’s radio programme Echos de la Vérité. For a number of years this was broadcast over Radio ELWA in Monrovia, Liberia, but this station was unfortunately destroyed during the civil war in that country. However, many African countries are now following the lead of European countries in licensing private local radio stations. As a result, Echos de la Vérité can still be heard in some parts of French-speaking Africa. The programme is...

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