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Missionary Spotlight – Meet a student

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Meet a student

Meet a student   Cyrell Corong is 17 and in her second year of college, studying information technology. CCM has sponsored her for the past six years.        Cyrell says: ‘I have three sisters and two brothers. My father is a construction worker and was not earning enough for all of us to go to school. College is even more expensive and I would never have been able to go if it were not for CCM’s support.      ‘I am studying for a professional licence as I would eventually like to be a programmer and create systems. Sometimes it is hard to study at...

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Missionary Spotlight – Compassion for the Philippines

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Compassion for the Philippines

Compassion for the Philippines   http://www.ccmmanila.org/ Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM) is a Bible-based ministry of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church (CRBC). The mission was founded in 1995 as the church became aware of four or five street families living under makeshift roofs and the appalling poverty of local street children.      CRBC was given a sum of money to help the poor and, after much prayer, the church was directed by God to provide a home for street girls. The first children’s home was opened in 1995, followed by a home for boys.      The work has grown exponentially, not just in terms of the number...

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Missionary Spotlight – Visit in Manila

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Visit in Manila

Visit in Manila   Sarah Platt visited Manila in December 2007 to work alongside CCM for four weeks.   Q: What were your first impressions of the Philippines?   A: Manila is completely different from other countries I have visited. I went in the coolest time of the year, but nothing could have prepared me for the sticky humidity of Cubao, made so much more unbearable by the heavily polluted, exhaust-filled air.      Then there was the confusion of loud rock/pop music blaring out from the jeepneys, horns sounding constantly, vehicles coming at you from every direction, vendors weaving in and out of the traffic...

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Missionary Spotlight – A day in the life ‘

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – A day in the life ‘

A day in the life ‘   Jenny is a CCM social worker and is responsible for about 70 children from CCM’s Educational Assistance Programme. This helps to provide uniforms, shoes, books and an allowance for children from the slums so they can go to school.      During a typical day, Jenny will visit a slum area to see one of the families for whom CCM is providing support. This may involve squeezing down dark, wet alleyways and climbing steep, wobbly ladders into rooms made of corrugated iron and wood. The purpose of these visits is to talk with the family, follow up any absences...

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The heart of China

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October 2008
China

The heart of China

The heart of China   Colin Nevinconcludes his China travelogue   It was the last day of my journeying before heading back to Beijing and I visited Kaifeng, the ancient capital during the Northern Song Dynasty, to investigate the history of an enigmatic Jewish Community who had settled there some 1,000 years ago.   However, to my great disappointment the Jewish exhibition was closed. I tried to explain to the curator that I had come a long way from Northern Ireland but to no avail and I returned to the hotel quite despondent.      Later I went into the city to get something to eat...

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Missionary Spotlight – Myanmar’s devastation

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September 2008
Burma

Missionary Spotlight – Myanmar’s devastation

Myanmar’s devastation   UK missionary Brian Ellis has sent this report by Peter Ci Thang of a recent visit to the Irrawaddy delta, in Myanmar. Peter is a student of Grace Ministerial Academy, in Metro-Manila, Philippines.   In early June I visited a number of island villages in Myanmar to help victims of the May cyclone. Two pastors and some village headmen were waiting to meet me on arrival. We spent the first day planning for the tasks ahead. I met church members and Bible students from Yangon Reformed Baptist Church and planned ahead with two medical doctors (my cousins).      My mother and doctor-cousins...

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Discovering the heart of China

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September 2008
China

Discovering the heart of China

Discovering the heart of China   China has been very much in the headlines lately, and we are often given negative impressions from the news reports we receive — whether they relate to the Olympics, the thorny issue of Tibet, or human rights and the persecution of ‘underground’ churches. China is even being blamed for the world’s economic ills in worries over its rising demand for raw materials and oil.   However, all these criticisms were temporarily quieted when the extent of the Sichuan earthquake on 12 May shocked the world, and aid began to flow in from many nations. Even Taiwan which has no...

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Missionary Spotlight – Persevering in India

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August 2008
India

Missionary Spotlight – Persevering in India

Persevering in India   Bangalore is the capital city of the state of Karnataka in southern India. It is the IT (information technology) ‘capital’ of India and has experienced immense growth over the last five years.   My family and I were sent there in May 2005 by Maranatha Bible Presbyterian Church, Singapore, supported by other like-minded churches, to establish a Reformed church.      Initially we rented a house with a small hall and used this for Sunday worship. In July 2006 the Lord provided land for the construction of a mission centre – with a worship hall, guest house, parsonage, day-care facilities and kindergarten....

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Missionary Spotlight – Cyprus – meeting place of the nations

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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

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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

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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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