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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT
October 2000
Peru

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Saturday afternoon It’s Saturday afternoon. The minibus is loaded up and we set off into the country south of Arequipa to take a children’s meeting in the Pueblo Joven(new township) of San Pedro de Tiabaya. But this was not to be a normal Saturday afternoon children’s meeting.   Arriving at the community hall, we found the children thronging as usual round its doors. But as we entered we were confronted with a small group of mourners gathered round a tiny, crudely constructed, white casket. Funeral   Carmen, a young girl of no more than twenty, was a regular attender at our meetings. Her two-year-old son,...

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Real Missionary Work
November 1999
Mexico

Real Missionary Work

What Evangelicals commonly call ‘missionary work’ (admittedly, a very broad field) involves much that does not meet the biblical criteria for missions. Let me tell you some things which have happened on the mission field and which, in my estimation, are an abomination in the eyes of God. Ice cream   Several years ago, a Baptist missionary in Mexico gathered a crowd of people on a hot summer day with the promise that, if they would listen to his message, he would give them all ice cream cones afterwards. Very quickly the crowd increased to about six hundred expectant people. Pictures were taken, which would...

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Missionary Spotlight – The Biblical Seminary of Colombia
November 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight – The Biblical Seminary of Colombia

Perched on the side of a mountain, the Biblical Seminary of Colombia is afforded a magnificent view of the city of Medellín. The population of the city and its environs has reached three million people. At some 4000 feet above sea level, and quite near the equator, the climate is a balmy springtime all the year round. The vegetation is lush, abounding in flowers. The campus of the seminary provides quietness and peace. The city is a place of immense beauty, bustling with people of unusual business acumen. Unfortunately, it has also become the context of widespread violence. Persecution The seminary was founded in 1944....

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Missionary Spotlight – Will we ever see them again?
October 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight – Will we ever see them again?

Nancy, Tania and Patti watched in horror through their tears, as the heavily armed guerrillas led their husbands away into the jungle. ‘Will we ever see them again?’ they asked. They are still asking that question seven years later!   Dave and Nancy Mankins, and Rick and Patti Tenenoff were instructing a group of believers in the Kuna Indian village of Pucuro in Panama, close to the Colombian border. Mark and Tania Rich were recent additions to the missionary team. On 31 January 1993 the men were taken into Colombia by the guerrillas. A ransom demand for five million dollars was made. New Tribes Mission...

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Missionary Spotlight – The Jaws of Hell
October 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight – The Jaws of Hell

Before the World Soccer Cup in June 1994, the Colombian team captain was interviewed. ‘Our objective when we go down to the field for a match is to give our people a moment of happiness’, he said.   The fleeting exhilaration of such a moment was obliterated. Only two weeks into the Cup, a stunned world learned of Andres Escobar’s violent death for giving away an own-goal as Colombia played against the USA. The tentacles of evil reach into every aspect of life in Colombia. The ‘death culture’ reigns. Stop-light killings   At a stoplight, hired assassins roar up to a bus which has just...

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Missionary Spotlight- Colombia: Churches and Context
October 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight- Colombia: Churches and Context

Roman Catholicism came to this part of South America during the sixteenth-century Spanish conquest. Evangelical Protestantism only began to make noticeable inroads after the 1840s. Calvinistic and Presbyterian missionary influences were quite prominent in those small beginnings, with input from both the United States and Britain. Church growth Since the 1950s significant growth has occurred in the Evangelical community. This has had some general effects on Colombian society, including the fact that Christians have founded political parties and become members of traditional political groups. The influence of Jaime Ortiz Hurtado, former Rector of the Seminario Bíblico de Colombia (Medellín), on the political and legal scene...

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October 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight

Fact File   Area       – 441,000 square miles. Neighbouring countries   – Colombia straddles the top of South America, with Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador as its near neighbours. The Isthmus of Panama connects into Colombia’s north-west, so that Colombia has separate Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. Environment   – A wide variety of terrain and climate, ranging from tropical, coastal lowlands in the west, to the cool Andes mountains in the centre, and tropical lowland forests in the east. On the Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta rises to over 19000 ft. Some mountains are volcanically active. Bogota, the...

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Letter from America
August 1999
United States of America

Letter from America

I was in the Pentagon, in Washington DC, the day after the war in Kosovo came to an end. Relief was universal, not just because a resolution to the conflict had been reached, but because people would now be able to spend time with their families again! The Pentagon is a vast structure. Built in 1941 to house the US military headquarters, the building itself covers some 29 acres, with an additional 67 acres set aside to park up to 9,500 cars. Walking inside its 17 miles of corridors, spread over 5 floors, can be highly confusing to the uninitiated! But perhaps the most striking...

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