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Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines
February 1999
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines

Apollo Quiboloy is one of the most popular Filipino preachers today. His campaigns draw thousands of people in search of the miracles that he never fails to promise. His crusade slogan says in big letters, ‘Jesus, the Name above every name!’ And in that name the preacher intones to his congregation, ‘All your debts will vanish, your sicknesses will be healed; the unemployed will find five job alternatives; and, in proportion to the measure of your faith, so will be your cash rewards!’ The hearers respond with loud applause. Because of his popularity, he is sought after by politicians, eager to gain his endorsement in...

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February 1999
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines

Area: 115,800 square miles. Geography: 7,100 islands (700 inhabited), stretching 1,120 miles; with Luzon, Mindanao and nine others each having over 1,000 square miles. Typhoons are frequent. There are about twenty active volcanoes. Mt Pinatubo erupted violently in 1991. A rich diversity of wildlife exists, with rainforests and 9,000 varieties of flowering plants. Half the plant and animal species are unique to the Philippines. Population: 70 million. 10 million in the capital (and chief port) Manila. Life expectancy: men 63, women 67 years. Cities: Manila, Quezon City, Cebu, Iloilo. Urbanisation – 41%. Ethnic groups: Filipino 95% (Tagalog; Cebuano; Ilocano; Hiligaynon; Waray; Tribal peoples); mixed race...

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Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of Philippines
February 1999
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of Philippines

Bing-bing Bing-bing was a girl of nine years. Neither she nor her younger brother, G-Boy, had ever been to school. They would visit the doors of the small rooms in the shanty community where she lived, offering to throw away the occupants’ rubbish for them. There are no dustbins, and the rubbish needs to be disposed of every day due to the heat and over-crowded conditions. By this they would earn a few coins, which they could spend on food and then await the arrival of their father. Perhaps he would come home that night, and, if he had earned some money, they might have...

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Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines
February 1999
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines

Political and church history The Philippines were named after Philip II of Spain (husband of ‘Bloody Mary’ and the king of the Spanish Armada). This group of islands was discovered for Spain during the ill-fated journey of Ferdinand Magellan, who set out to find a westerly route to the spice islands, which were then controlled by Portugal. Magellan was the first European to sail round the southern tip of South America and into the Pacific Ocean. He and his men arrived off the island of Cebu in the Philippines in 1521. This was the same year that Martin Luther stood before Charles V at the...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-A letter from Korea
January 1999
South Korea

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-A letter from Korea

This comes from a Korean pastor, partly in response to September ET’s 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 letter. As I am pastor of a congregation in Korea (Samyang Presbyterian Church, Seoul), I always give thanks to our Lord for your countrymen. Robert J. Thomas was the first Protestant missionary to Korea, and became, in 1866, Korea’s first Protestant martyr. In many ways Korean Christians are debtors to Welsh and...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Istanbul
January 1999
Turkey

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Istanbul

The ancient capital of the eastern Roman Empire, Constantinople, occupied a comparatively small area of land, protected on three sides by water. In this area, on the European side of the Bosphorus, are Istanbul’s covered market and university. In 1966, when we first lived in Istanbul (no longer a capital city), the population was three million. Today it has reached seventeen million, with many migrants from the east of Turkey, and now the city covers a large area. High-rise flats and minarets dominate the landscape. The air pollution has to be seen to be believed. Overwhelming suffering It is impossible to be indifferent to suffering,...

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God’s grace in an island of graves
December 1998
Sri Lanka

God’s grace in an island of graves

Sri Lanka has a multi-ethnic society, comprised of Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers and Malays. Protestant evangelical Christians amount to less than 1% of the total population. Serious ethnic conflict between the (mainly Buddhist) Sinhalese and (mainly Hindu) Tamil communities has continued for the past fifteen years. It has affected all areas of life. The continuing bloodshed, atrocities and injustices on the island have made people think seriously about the real meaning of life. ‘Is God really in control?’ is the question uppermost in many people’s minds. Yes! He is in control and, through all its troubles, has been doing in this ‘paradise-island’ all that he intends...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Philippines
December 1998
Philippines

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Philippines

Cindy sat in the church service, weeping. She is only ten years old and life, it seems, has been very hard on her. Her father and mother were separated when she was only about six or seven, and she then lived with her father and younger brother in the streets. Her father made a living by selling cigarettes to customers in their cars at the nearby traffic lights. Cindy and her brother just fended for themselves. Their father would get drunk and then he would often beat them. Sometimes they stayed with their mother for a few days, but she is out much of the...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Andra Pradesh,
December 1998
India

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Andra Pradesh,

We have been visiting Southern India for the past six years. The province we go to is called Andra Pradesh, which has a population of approximately 65 million. As in all of India, the major religion is Hinduism. We have been working with a group called the India Rural Evangelical Fellowship. This ministry has been greatly influenced by those with truly biblical convictions. My involvement with this group came as a result of Dr John Armstrong’s recommendation. I have been trying to teach the Indian pastors and evangelists the gospel of God’s sovereign grace in Christ. I have also been trying to show them the...

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December 1998
China

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

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 leaders from various provinces. Their repeated use of the term ‘Chinese House Church’ suggests that these leaders view themselves not as members of scattered, unrelated groups but rather as part of a larger body. In the first such statement directed at the Chinese Government, these...

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December 1998
Turkey

A summer holiday- with a difference

One summer’s morning, in the early hours, a small group of us arrived, bleary-eyed and a little bewildered, at the airport in Turkey. Our Bible studies during our stay in Turkey were to be in the book of Esther, when, morning by morning, we were reminded of God’s hand of providence in the lives of his people, in Shushan and the king’s provinces. By big and seemingly small events, by placing the right people in the right place at the right time, by overturning events completely, God works out his eternal purposes.   The seven-hour bus ride that followed was awful, as we hurtled down...

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November 1998
Indonesia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

History of the Indonesian Church The Dutch East India Company Church received some thousands of ‘converts’ into its fold after its arrival in Indonesia in 1605, but these had largely converted for social purposes. The Bible was, however, translated into Malay, the trade language, by 1733. Earnest Protestant missionary efforts did not commence until the nineteenth century, when numbers of tribal people joined the church from many ethnic areas, such as Sumatra (the Bataks), the Moluccas, and Central Java. In nineteen ethnic areas, the whole people turned to Christianity. Many Christian hospitals and schools were also founded.   During the twentieth century, the theologically liberal...

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