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Missionary Spotlight – Cyprus – meeting place of the nations
July 2008
Cyprus

Missionary Spotlight – Cyprus – meeting place of the nations

Cyprus’ meeting place of the nations   Cyprus, the easternmost island of the Mediterranean, is encircled by Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. It is a popular holiday destination for many Europeans and Middle Easterners, and is also a regional business centre.   There is much to see and do. Within walking distance of the John Calvin Centre (JCC), for instance, is the church which by tradition is the final resting place of Lazarus. A bit further on are the excavations of Kition, a settlement dating back thousands of years and founded by Kittim, the great grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:4).      None of this...

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Missionary Spotlight – Precious souls – Manila
June 2008
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Precious souls – Manila

Precious souls – Manila   Recently while on an early morning walk in Manila, I noticed an older, filthy, mentally-handicapped man surrounded by his meagre possessions. I felt compelled to speak with him – at least show some measure of kindness.   There was no response, just glazed, lifeless eyes, not even focusing on the one speaking to him. I decided to help him and gave him the delicious bread which I had purchased for breakfast. He said nothing as he took the bread and began to eat.      Years ago a noted Christian leader said, ‘All souls are precious, but not all souls are...

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June 2008
Burma

Burma’s agony

Burma’s agony   When Cyclone Nargis smashed into the rice-growing Irrawaddy Delta in the south of Burma on 3 May, Karen state bore the brunt of its destructive force, though four other regions have also been officially declared disaster zones by the country’s ruling military junta.   As we go to press, the extent of the destruction is still being assessed by humanitarian groups but the United Nations estimates that upwards of 100,000 may have been killed by the storm and its immediate aftermath.      But an even greater disaster is unfolding. Burma’s generals, deeply distrustful of the outside world, have refused to grant entry...

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Missionary Spotlight – Serving in Cambodia
May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Serving in Cambodia

Serving in Cambodia   When I became a born-again Christian my goals were completely turned around. From that time, I began to share the truths of my new-found faith in Christ with whoever I met. I shared them with my family members, relatives, friends, fellow office staff and church.   When I was appointed to take charge of a Sunday school class, it consisted of just one child. As time went by, the Lord blessed my class and it began to grow. Slowly, the number of children increased to about thirty. At the same time I was evangelising adults. It grieves me to think that...

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Missionary Spotlight – One Sunday morning
May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – One Sunday morning

One Sunday morning   I want to tell you what I saw one Sunday in Cambodia – not so much ‘what’ but ‘who’. Every week we attend two services on Sunday morning, the first in Khmer at Shalom Phnom Penh and the second in English at Shalom Tuol Kork.   The first person to greet me at Shalom Phnom Penh was a young, mentally disabled girl. I recognised her because she lives a few doors down from the church. She is usually dirty, shoeless and has little clothing, but she always smiles. She comes to church every morning because no one makes fun of her...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia
May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia

Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia   Cambodia is a member of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and a growing nation in Indochina. Khmer is its main language and Buddhism its religion. Its population is 14.8 million, comprised largely of the Khmer, as well as Vietnamese and Chinese minorities. Its capital city is Phnom Penh.   Cambodia is infamous for the Marxist Khmer Rouge regime, led by ruthless dictator Pol Pot, that took power in 1975, changing the country’s name to Democratic Kampuchea. The Khmer Rouge evacuated cities and sent populations on forced marches to rural work projects. Systematic genocide was practised and the...

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Israel after sixty years
May 2008
Israel

Israel after sixty years

Israel after sixty years   The State of Israel was founded on 14 May 1948 and recognised by the United Nations the same day. The new State was the focus of Jewish hope. Hounded, humiliated, abused and misused by the nations for 2,000 years, the Jewish people would at last be an accepted member of the family of nations — sharing mankind’s hopes, burdens and victories, and making its contribution to the resolution of mankind’s woes.   The State was founded in a largely depopulated land covered with malarial swamps, denuded hills and deforested mountains. Decades of coura-geous, sacrificial struggle resulted in a blossoming agriculture,...

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China and the Reformation Translation Fellowship
April 2008
China

China and the Reformation Translation Fellowship

China and the Reformation Translation Fellowship   One goal of Chairman Mao’s ‘Cultural Revolution’ in China (1966-1976) was to snuff out the religious impulse in man. He attempted to do this by persecuting the weak church, ridiculing all things spiritual, and proving once for all that the co-operation of people under their almighty State could satisfy the deepest needs of man.   How did Mao fare? In the middle of that ‘revolution’ liberal Western missiologists were declaring that more than a century of Christian missionary effort in China had been for nothing — ‘The church in China is dead’, they declared.      But did you...

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