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December 2015


A century after the first genocide of the 20th century — the massacre of Armenians by the Turks — the Middle East is once more a place of extensive suffering in which many Christians (as well as Moslems) have suffered terribly. Armenia was one of Asia’s largest empires during the days of Julius Caesar. However, for much of its history, its inhabitants were subjugated by invaders, including ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians, Byzantines, Mongols, Arabs and — from the 16th–20th century — the Ottoman Turks. Armenia was the first nation to officially accept Christianity as its national religion (AD 301), but later the Turks tried to...

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How I got involved in Penan pre-schools
November 2015

How I got involved in Penan pre-schools

‘What do you want me to do, Lord?’ I wept, as I knelt before the Lord. I had just read the front page report, for 11 September 2009, in The Star, a Malaysian newspaper. It was about the rape of Penan schoolgirls and women by timber company workers in the Baram District of Sarawak. Seeking the Lord, the overwhelming impression upon my heart was that I had to do something. I had to go to interior Sarawak and do whatever I could to help the Penan. Hearing that the Sarawak Women for Women Society was organising a team to go and teach the Penan women...

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October 2015

Typhoon Haiyan two years on

This coming November will see the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, which left over 7000 dead and more missing in the Philippine provinces of Samar and northern Leyte. Tacloban City was particularly hit, with thousands being killed and displaced. Over the past two years, Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM), the benevolent arm of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church located in Metro-Manila, has continued to help displaced families and schools in the Tacloban. We have continued to give relief packs where such have still been needed and where families have little income, if any. Schools have been lacking books and often have had no electricity or ceilings in...

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March 2015

Arrests in Bhutan

A pastor arrested in Bhutan has been released from prison after paying an extortionate fine, Christian charity Open Doors has reported. Pastor Tandin Wangyal had been arrested in Dorokha village in the Samtse district of Bhutan as a result of his faith in March 2014, and was only released in January this year after paying a fine of 100,000 Ngultrum (£1100). He was originally detained along with Pastor Mon Thapa (also known as David Lobzang) after a neighbour complained that the two had held a house church meeting in the village. Having been invited to hold a three-day seminar for Christians, the two pastors arrived...

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February 2015

Church growth in India

The tenth ABC (Annual Bible Convention) — previously called the ATTI (Annual Theological Training Initiative) — was held at Banga in Punjab, India, from 27-29 November 2014. Relationships One of the struggles for many believers in the Punjab concerns understanding teaching about the Trinity. Hence the theme of this year’s conference was ‘Relationships: in the image of God’ (Genesis 1:27). Between 150 and 200 people gathered each day. They came from various parts of the Punjab, some travelling considerable distances. Dr Gareth Crossley took three sessions each day, dealing with the relationships between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and their application to human relationships...

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April 2014

Progress in North Cyprus

Just over 29 years ago, on the first Sunday in February 1965, a little family of six gathered in their sparsely furnished front room and praised God together on their first Lord’s Day in their new country. The words of the hymn that they had sung with all the well-wishers at Darlington station, a few days before, echoed in their ears: ‘Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and his love’. Multinational congregation Twenty-nine years on, and three members of the same family, along with a wife and three children, met in North Cyprus to praise God on the first Sunday in February. This...

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March 2014
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia

Shedding Light on Islamic Politics in the Middle East

In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria Islamists tried to hijack the freedom-thirsty uprisings of their people. Being well organized as movements the Muslim Brotherhood branches in these countries outmanoeuvered others and did well in local elections. Their plan, however, was to fanatically impose their narrow Islamic agenda on the rest of their countrymen.  This has backfired on them in every one of these countries.  In Egypt the Islamic president was deposed through a popular uprising. In Tunisia the secularists forced the Islamic government to resign and replaced it by a coalition government committed to religious and political freedom. In Libya, the Islamists have not succeeded in...

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December 2013

An Iranian finds Christ

Saeed Mokhlessi writes: I was born in Iran in a fairly devout Muslim family. From an early age, we were taught the basic principles of Islam and I was encouraged to believe and obey them. I remember, from the age of 4 or 5 I used to get excited when the month of Ramadan (when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset) was approaching. Although boys are not required to fast till the age of 15, I was eager to do it.       As I grew up in the community, I became known as an upright and religious boy (although I did get up to mischief...

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