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July 2013
Costa Rica

Compassion in Costa Rica

He’s split up fights with street gangs in Costa Rica, but Keith Holder says his most terrifying experience came recently in England. The missionary was awarded an MBE in 2011 for the work he and his wife Joy have done in Costa Rica for the last 20 years.      Keith (63) says, ‘It was a nerve-wracking experience, meeting HM The Queen, even more so than when we were breaking up a knife fight in the shanty towns of Costa Rica. There have been other scary experiences we’ve been through too.      ‘We went to Buckingham Palace to get the award and I was a bit...

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Ministering in Brazil

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January 2013
Brazil

Ministering in Brazil

Ministering in Brazil Following a 10-hour overnight flight from Chicago to Sao Paulo, Brazil, my husband (Joel Beeke) and I had a three-hour car ride, half of it through windy, hilly terrain to Lindoia. This was my husband’s third FIEL Conference.     Editora FIEL was begun in 1967 by missionary Richard Denham Jr. Its purpose is to promote the doctrines of grace among ministers in Portuguese-speaking countries, through the translation of Reformed, biblical literature and conferences.     Wonderful growth is evidenced by an ever-widening distribution of books, exponential growth on the web and increased attendance at conferences (1400 two years ago and 2400 this year,...

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November 2012
Haiti

Serving Haiti

Serving Haiti With the lowest standard of living in the Western Hemisphere, 80 per cent of Haiti’s 8 million people languish in poverty. Two-thirds of the population are unemployed. Haitians suffer from chronic malnutrition, poor health and untreated medical conditions. Some 120,000 are living with HIV/AIDS.    Haiti was rededicated to voodoo during the bicentennial celebrations of 1991. Plagued by political violence for most of its history, there is a spirit of evil permeating every level of society.     Nearly overcome by despair, many Haitians attempt escape through drugs, suicide or by sailing leaky boats to other lands. The suicide rate of the Haitian Guarani youth...

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February 2012
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 capital, has a high level of air pollution...

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November 2011
Nicaragua

God’s miracle school

Joyce Gaudern, a retired teacher from Ripon, has visited Nicaragua three times since 2007 and has helped home-school Joshua and Esther, children of Barry and Susana Davis. Barry and Susana are British/Korean missionaries who founded Carazo Christian Academy. Joyce had the privilege of observing the school’s progress first-hand. Carazo Christian Academy (CCA) in Nicaragua, Central America, is a wonderful testimony to God’s faithfulness, power and provision! In 2005 the Lord gave Barry and Susana the vision for a bilingual school, providing high quality Christian education for Nicaraguan children, from three years old right through to college student level. The possibilities for further training are innumerable!...

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Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti

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September 2010
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti

God’s Word in Haiti   After visiting Haiti in November 2009 and February 2001, I returned in June 2010 to see how best to help gospel preachers and the literature outreach of Europresse (French EP) there after the earthquake. I found Port-au-Prince dramatically changed. Everywhere there were collapsed buildings and rubble, much of which probably still contain dead bodies. There were tents erected in every available space, even down the central reservation of one of the main roads.      Most people are living in tents, still too frightened to live inside the remaining buildings. Only 1 per cent of the promised aid has reached Haiti...

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Heartcry in Argentina

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July 2010
Argentina

Heartcry in Argentina

Heartcry in Argentina   There are various reasons for expecting that a meeting in Argentina dealing with the doctrines of grace would turn out a complete failure. Firstly, there is much ignorance on this subject, among churches and church leaders; and even a lack of interest in historic Christianity.      Secondly, the speaker chosen for this meeting was an unknown pastor from Peru. Thirdly, the place it was held in was a rather run-down mission hall on the outskirts of a Buenos Aires suburb, a considerable distance from the nearest main railway station (a last-minute change forced on the organisers by the original hosts).     ...

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A flood of memories from Brazil

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February 2010
Brazil

A flood of memories from Brazil

A flood of memories from Brazil   A recent letter from a girl called Adna brought back a flood of memories, 50 years ago, of our missionary adventure in the Amazon region.   Adna had grown up in Manicore in Brazil and was now in the last year of theological studies. For her senior term paper she had chosen to write about the arrival of the first missionaries to Manicore. She particularly wanted to write the history of the First Baptist Church of Manicore, which her father pastored from 1994-2001. Having asked the only surviving lady from those days for help, she found Idemilha could...

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Missionary Spotlight – Light and shade in Cuba

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August 2009
Cuba

Missionary Spotlight – Light and shade in Cuba

Light and shade in Cuba   Ten years ago, there was a significant increase in active evangelicalism in Cuba; paradoxically, following the Pope’s visit there in 1998. The Protestant Christians responded to his visit by organising their own series of gatherings – part of one of the first such public displays of religious fervour allowed since the communist revolution of 1959.      It was said that nearly 400,000 people attended the ‘Love, peace, unity’ Cuban evangelical celebration in May 1999 and 49 registered churches took part. They were presided over though by government representatives. But while this was termed by some a ‘revival’ and the...

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August 2009
Cuba

Cuba fact file

Cuba fact file   Cuba lies at the gateway to the Americas, in the Caribbean. It is made up of nearly 4000 different islands. First discovered by Columbus in 1492, it has been hotly contested over the centuries by the Spanish, British and Americans, until it declared independence from Spain in 1868 and then from the USA in 1902. It became a communist state officially in 1961.   Population: 11,275,000.   Capital: Havana (population 2,189,000).   Area: 42,803 square miles.   Language: Spanish.   Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Santeria (a syncretistic mix of Yoruba, Catholicism and native religions).   Currency: Cuban peso....

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Missionary Spotlight – A mountain of miracles

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August 2009
Cuba

Missionary Spotlight – A mountain of miracles

A mountain of miracles   Simoney Girard reflects on miracles, small and large, experienced during a charity trek in Cuba this summer.   If there were two biblical texts that could sum up the Cuban trek they would be Matthew 6:25-34 and Psalm 8. Through the events of the trip and the continual presence of these two texts in my heart, God showed his awesome glory.      I won’t go into details, but when the airline said we would never get to Havana on the day we were supposed to fly, we did; when we were told we would miss our connection, we didn’t; and...

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Missionary Spotlight – Cuba’ beautiful and mysterious

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August 2009
Cuba

Missionary Spotlight – Cuba’ beautiful and mysterious

Cuba’ beautiful and mysterious   The United States’ closest island neighbour is Cuba, that mysterious and enchanting country which Christopher Columbus first set foot on when he discovered the Americas. Columbus is the boast of Cuba for having declared: Estaes la tierra más hermosa que los ojos humanos han visto [‘This is the most beautiful land that human eyes have seen’]. From a spiritual perspective, however, Cuba is even more beautiful and mysterious.      ‘The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is...

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