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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – A visit to the Philippines

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May 1999
Philippines

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – A visit to the Philippines

The rain was torrential, but the joy in the faces of the people was wonderful. It was the afternoon of Friday 26 February, and it was my privilege to be speaking at the Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Labo, a town about 225 miles south-east of Manila. The pastor there, Val Tanierla, had invited…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Blessing in India

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May 1999
India

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Blessing in India

I have been privileged once again to visit Repalle, Andhra Pradesh, accompanied by Tim and Norm, two men from my church, who participated in the ministry. The trip had a profound effect upon them, as they witnessed the extreme and extensive poverty, the intensive depth of spirituality of the believers, and the response of…

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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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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – MALAYSIA

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March 1999
Malaysia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – MALAYSIA

We worshipped idols I left Malaysia to come to the UK some twenty-five years ago. It was on the picturesque, multicultural island of Penang that I was born. We were a hard-working family, never too well off, but generally happy and content. My father, who was a teacher, would offer tuition classes to his…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – MALAYSIA

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March 1999
Malaysia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – MALAYSIA

Testimony of a Malaysian pastor The best thing to have happened to Christianity in Malaysia in recent years is the emergence of Reformed churches and, in particular, the emergence of the Reformed Baptist movement. This began in about 1983. I speak as one who did not come from a ‘Reformed tradition’. I was converted…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Malaysia

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March 1999
Malaysia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Malaysia

Christianity in Malaysia Malaysia is a young nation, still struggling to establish itself politically, economically and socially. Over half its population is Malay, while Chinese account for a quarter. Religion is divided along ethnic lines: Malays are Muslims; Chinese are followers of an amalgam of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism, and Indians are Hindu. The…

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March 1999
Malaysia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – MALAYSIA

Malaysia Facts Area:127,300 miles   Territories: Malaysia consists of eleven states and Kuala Lumpur, on the Malay Peninsula; and Sabah and Sarawak, in northern Borneo. It is governed by a constitutional monarchy. Environment: Four hundred miles of sea separate Malaysia into roughly two halves; its peninsula and the larger islands. With a hot, humid…

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Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines

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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…

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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…

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Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of Philippines

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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…

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Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines

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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…

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