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Missionary Spotlight-Frontier between Faith and Idolatry

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February 2000
Taiwan

Missionary Spotlight-Frontier between Faith and Idolatry

Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, is situated in the South China Sea, approximately 100 miles from the Chinese mainland. It is a leaf-shaped island slightly smaller than Switzerland. Its population of twenty-two million is mainly urban and crowded into the western coastal plain, one of the most crowded parts of the world. Except for…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Letter from Korea

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May 1999
South Korea

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Letter from Korea

Fourteen months ago the economic situation in Korea began to deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly. Though there are now small signs of recovery, the economy has still a long way to go to get back to where it was.   This crisis has burst the unreal, ‘bubble’ base of our national economy. It has made…

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Letter from Hong Kong

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May 1999
China

Letter from Hong Kong

Prior to its return to China probably the most frequently asked question about Hong Kong was, ‘What will it be like after [1 July] 1997?’ Now, almost two years after the hand-over, ‘Business as usual’ is probably the simplest answer. It is also appropriate, because business is what Hong Kong is largely about and…

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January 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > South Korea

A letter from Korea

This comes from a Korean pastor, partly in response to September Evangelical Times‘ coverage of Korea. We are pleased to place it before our readers. Are there any other overseas Christians who want to respond to Missionary Spotlight? It is a great joy to ‘meet’ readers of ET for the first time, through this…

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News

December 1998
News > International > China

House churches in China

Leaders of major house-church movements in China have issued a ‘united appeal’ calling on the Chinese Government to recognise the legitimacy of Christian groups outside the government-approved ‘Three Self Patriotic Movement’. The seven-point statement, issued from an unidentified location in Henan province and dated 22 August 1998, was reportedly drafted by twelve house church…

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September 1998
South Korea

South Korea (Republic of Korea)

The church in South Korea today The church in South Korea today presents a very mixed picture. Her past history of faithful pioneering by American Presbyterian missionaries; her former, intense sufferings for the faith; and her present, large early-morning prayer meetings: are all well known. The church’s piety, with nights of prayer, fasting and…

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September 1998
North Korea

History of the church in North and South Korea

The first known Protestant martyr in Korea was the Welsh missionary, Robert Thomas, who was killed in 1866 while preaching and distributing Scriptures in the north of the country. Protestantism first took root in 1882, when Suh Sang-yun, a Korean convert of Scottish missionaries in Chinese Manchuria, brought Korean Scripture portions into forbidden Korea.…

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September 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > South Korea

Missionary spotlight – South Korea

Area: 38,200 square miles. North Korea forms the northern boundary. Environment: Mainly mountainous, with a steep eastern coastline. The western coast has many islands and natural harbours. Most people live in the southern and western coastal areas. The climate is continental. Population: 45 million (99% Korean); 11 million in Seoul (capital), 4.3 million in…

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September 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > North Korea

Missionary spotlight – North Korea

Area: 46,500 square miles. China forms the northern boundary, and South Korea the southern. Environment: Rugged mountains with narrow valleys, and a western coastal plain. The mountains are covered with coniferous and deciduous forests. The climate tends to be harsh, with long and severe winters. The coastal plain, with its five alluvial rivers, is…

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September 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > North Korea

The church in North Korea today

The present state of the church in North Korea is not easily gauged. There were about 400,000 professing Christians in the North in 1945, with many living in the capital, Pyongyang. By the end of the Korean War there were 100,000. Many emigrated to the South as a result of the fierce communist persecution.…

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August 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > China > Hong Kong

Hong Kong – one year on

It is now just over one year since the return of Hong Kong to China. After the glamorous celebrations of the hand-over on 1 July 1997, Hong Kong has met many challenges. The greatest has been the shock wave from the economic crisis in south-east Asia. Hong Kong is still trying desperately to prevent…

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April 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > China

Missionary Spotlight-China – Churches still under pressure

We sat under the coconut palms, on an island off the coast of south China, as the young Chinese pastor shared with me the pressures upon his church. His church had been formed in 1992 and grew rapidly to over 200 people. The believers built a large church building with a palm-thatched roof. But…

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