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Missionary Spotlight-Building in Mongolia

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July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-Building in Mongolia

The words ‘Oh you of little faith’ aptly described us four years ago when we first saw the tiny village of Red Mouth, in Mongolia. We witnessed a meeting there to organise herders into a co-operative, so that they would have better buying and marketing leverage. A left-wing government was in power and, interestingly,…

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July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: 604,250 square miles. Neighbouring countries: China and Russia. Environment: Landlocked, with a harsh, continental climate, desert plains (especially the Gobi Desert), grassy steppes and forests. The west is mountainous. There are frequent dust (or snow) storms, grassland fires and drought. Water for irrigation or drinking is scarce. Natural resources: Oil and coal; minerals,…

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Missionary Spotlight-A cautionary tale

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July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-A cautionary tale

My wife and I came to Mongolia three years ago, to work in rural areas. We knew that much had happened in the country since the end of communism more than ten years ago. A fast-growing church was emerging. Mongolians were reaching out to neighbours at home and to people beyond Mongolia. We heard…

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Missionary Spotlight-Mongolia – land of contradictions

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July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-Mongolia – land of contradictions

The Gobi desert paid me a visit today: icy wind, sand, rain and snow all arrived together, screaming off the steppe, lashing around me, boring sand into eyes, nose, ears and mouth. I am getting warm again in our apartment on the top floor of a building in the eastern sector of Ulaanbaatar. The…

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January 2002
China

Chinese puzzle

It can be difficult to grasp the true state of a church from a distance. This is particularly true when we live many thousands of miles away and speak a different language! In recent years there have been reports of great movements of God in China. We hear of large numbers of converts to…

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Missionary Spotlight – Moving mountains in Mongolia

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October 2001
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight – Moving mountains in Mongolia

On the other side of the mountain lies a place of intense darkness. A place where for hundred of years Satan has owned ‘the real estate’, and the power of darkness penetrates the countryside.   Alcohol deadens the minds of the men and makes them easy captives of demonic forces. The most striking building…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – Spiritual void

As a newly arrived English teacher in Japan, I used to ask my students what religion they belonged to. I was surprised when the responses came, ‘I am not religious’. At first I thought these young people were so absorbed in materialism that they no longer saw religion as relevant. But in time I…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – Sowing in tears

Like thousands of other British teenagers called to do National Service in the early 1950s, I first arrived in Japan on a troopship. We docked at Kure, a few kilometres up the coast from Hiroshima. Since Japan opened its doors to foreigners in the mid-nineteenth century, Kure had become a major shipbuilding base. When…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – Protestant churches

Protestant missionaries came to Japan from the United States and Britain during the later nineteenth century, with a clear understanding of the gospel and a zeal for evangelising the Japanese. They learnt the language and translated the Bible into Japanese, along with other Christian literature. Many people were converted to Christ. The first Protestant…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – From Buddha to Jesus

I was born into a staunchly Buddhist and Shinto family. When I was three years old, my mother tried to teach me a long Buddhist prayer, but I made so many mistakes that she often scolded me and punished me by making me go without breakfast. Once a year in the winter my father,…

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Missionary Spotlight-Taiwan

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February 2000
Taiwan

Missionary Spotlight-Taiwan

Taiwan’s churches under pressure The Protestant church in Taiwan grew particularly during the final part of the nineteenth century as a result of missionary endeavour. From the 1890s, Taiwan was colonised by Japan, who controlled it into the first half of the twentieth century and throughout two world wars. As time wore on, Japanese…

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February 2000
Taiwan

Missionary Spotlight – Taiwan Fact File

Taiwan Fact File Area – 13,900 square miles. Previously known as Formosa, it is about 100 miles from the Chinese mainland. It comprises the island of Taiwan, and the Pescadores, Matsu, and Quemoy islands.   Environment – A tropical climate, with typhoons during the monsoon season (June to August). Forested mountains (highest point 13,113…

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