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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 most high-level decisions seem to be made to protect those interests.   Few changes ‘One country, two systems’ was Deng Xiao Ping’s formula for Hong Kong’s reunification with the motherland. The Beijing authorities promised to leave the province unchanged for fifty years after its return to China, and it would seem...

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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 pupils to make ends meet. My mother was always about the house, making sure we were properly fed and clothed. We were a close-knit family; the extended family then was held in high regard. I have lost count of the number of uncles, aunts and cousins that I had.   Whilst...

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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 in 1972 through a church started by the Navigators, and I trained for the ministry in a general evangelical seminary in 1982. After graduating there, I went back to serve in my home church, but left after two years to join another church.   From that new fellowship I was given...

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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 indigenous communities in Sarawak and Sabah are nominally Christian, while those in Peninsular Malaysia are animist.   Church history Islam was brought to South East Asia, at the end of the thirteenth century A. D. by Arab and Indian traders. It replaced the Hinduism of earlier centuries. Roman Catholicism was introduced...

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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 climate, much is covered with rain forest. Population: 22 million — Malay 54% and increasing; Chinese 26% and decreasing; Indian 10%; tribal peoples 9%; others 1%. More than three-quarters live in Peninsular Malaysia, and 1.5 million near Kuala Lumpur, the capital. Other centres are Johor Bahru and Penang. Most Chinese and...

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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 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

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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 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

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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 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

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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

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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

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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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