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A Macedonian call
February 2003
Philippines

A Macedonian call

2003 for me is an eventful year. I reach 65 and will be eligible for my pension. Friends of mine of the same age are retiring — some have gone to glory. One becomes aware that the years are passing very quickly, and soon we shall go the way of all the earth. I have served the Lord now for almost 37 years here in the Philippines. The Lord has been pleased to bless these years. In his mercy, my wife and I have had the privilege of being involved in the planting of at least 11 churches here in this land. Of those, two...

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Missionary Spotlight – Change in Mongolia
October 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight – Change in Mongolia

Mongolia experienced colossal political changes between 1990 and 1993.   The 1990 elections initiated two years of democratic reform. The Soviets left, the constitution was rewritten, and there was talk of Mongolia becoming another Asian economic tiger. Democracy and market reform had come to stay. From a missionary perspective, Mongolia was then a clean slate. She had no recent history of missions, no western colonial history, no established church. So this period was characterised by a flurry of evangelistic activity aimed at a new generation of Mongolian youth, who had witnessed the collapse of Communism, and for whom the Tibetan-Buddhism of their parents, and the...

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Missionary Spotlight-Building in Mongolia
July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-Building in Mongolia

The words ‘Oh you of little faith’ aptly described us four years ago when we first saw the tiny village of Red Mouth, in Mongolia. We witnessed a meeting there to organise herders into a co-operative, so that they would have better buying and marketing leverage. A left-wing government was in power and, interestingly, a political rally was scheduled at the same place, same time, same date! What developed was a shouting contest that lasted for hours. What a pitiful place – this small community with no jobs, lots of poverty, and poor education. The little school met in two, stale, crowded gers. Twenty children...

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July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: 604,250 square miles. Neighbouring countries: China and Russia. Environment: Landlocked, with a harsh, continental climate, desert plains (especially the Gobi Desert), grassy steppes and forests. The west is mountainous. There are frequent dust (or snow) storms, grassland fires and drought. Water for irrigation or drinking is scarce. Natural resources: Oil and coal; minerals, especially copper, iron, molybdenum, tungsten, tin and gold. Population: 2.8 million. Life expectancy: 64 years. Infant mortality: 53 deaths/1,000 live births. Ethnic groups: Mongol (mainly Khalkha) 90%, Turkic (mainly Kazakh) 7%, others (including Chinese and Russian) 3%. Languages: Mongolian (official), Turkic, Russian. Literacy: 87%. Capital: Ulaanbaatar (774,000).Urbanisation: 62%. Economy: The economy...

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Missionary Spotlight-A cautionary tale
July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-A cautionary tale

My wife and I came to Mongolia three years ago, to work in rural areas. We knew that much had happened in the country since the end of communism more than ten years ago. A fast-growing church was emerging. Mongolians were reaching out to neighbours at home and to people beyond Mongolia. We heard from some missionaries that we would soon no longer be needed! Having completed two years of language study we moved from the capital, Ulaanbaatar (UB), to a remote provincial town several hundred miles west. Expectations Understandably, we went with certain expectations. We envisaged that we would be strengthening a local church...

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Missionary Spotlight-Mongolia – land of contradictions
July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-Mongolia – land of contradictions

The Gobi desert paid me a visit today: icy wind, sand, rain and snow all arrived together, screaming off the steppe, lashing around me, boring sand into eyes, nose, ears and mouth. I am getting warm again in our apartment on the top floor of a building in the eastern sector of Ulaanbaatar. The sky is now deep blue and crystal clear, except for the trail of an international jet. The trees’ buds are a promising green, poised to make the sudden growth we’ve longed for all winter. That startling, vivid, clear blue Mongolian sky! The Mongols of old worshipped the sky as god above...

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Missionary Spotlight – Obeying God in Jordan
March 2002
Jordan

Missionary Spotlight – Obeying God in Jordan

‘We must obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29). This short but powerful quote kept coming to mind during a recent trip to Jordan. Much of our journey was spent visiting sites rich in biblical significance.   Jordan’s legal system is founded upon Islamic principles. Muslims are forbidden to convert to Christianity on pain of death. When I first arrived I wondered whether such a law was just languishing on the books without real enforcement. By the end of our trip, I received my answer. No apologies   While there, we met quietly with some evangelical Christian leaders. On our last night we met a...

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Missionary Spotlight – Advances in Thailand
March 2002
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Advances in Thailand

It has been nearly two years since Maran-atha Bible Presbyterian Church in Singapore sent out its first missionary couple.   Robert and Dara Peh (with their two young children, Evangel and Evangeline), both graduates of the Far Eastern College, Singapore, are labouring diligently in Thailand. Thailand is a country of more than 60 million people of whom only a few are Christians. Although it is a Buddhist nation, it does allow freedom of religion, so that missionaries are free to preach the gospel to its many indigenous tribes-people, including those inhabiting its mountainous regions. The Pehs work among the Red Lahu, the tribe from which...

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