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WORLD MISSION – Ministering to the church in China
September 2012
China

WORLD MISSION – Ministering to the church in China

WORLD MISSION Ministering to the church in China God has blessed his people in the UK with a great heritage. For centuries the gospel has been preached here. We have a wealth of Christian literature, many excellent Bible teachers, conventions and Bible colleges. In many other areas of the world the church is much younger. God’s people do not have access to books and other resources. Opportunities for learning the Word of God more deeply are rare and understanding of the truth is shallow.     In many places, believers and church leaders are well aware of what they lack in this respect. They are pleading...

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World Mission – Changing contours in China
September 2012
China

World Mission – Changing contours in China

World Mission Changing contours in China The church in China is beginning to cast off its chains and is emerging as a powerful force for change. Is this phenomenon likely to transform the communist culture of a repressive regime and create a more open and tolerant society? Article 13 of the Constitution of the Republic of China provides that the people shall have freedom of religious belief, yet the government restricts religious practice to government-sanctioned organisations and registered places of worship. It also controls the growth and scope of activity of religious groups.    Despite formal recognition of religious liberty, religious freedom is accorded little respect...

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India’s oppressed Dalits find hope
July 2012
India

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope ‘Shining and incredible’ are the adjectives India’s authorities use to describe their nation’s newfound economic confidence. Whilst the country’s Gross Domestic Product is growing fast, the welfare of a nation’s citizens cannot be summarised by economic statistics. India’s 250 million Dalits still live in poverty and suffer from every conceivable form of discrimination.     Labelled ‘untouchable’ at birth, these people cannot eat with or even drink the same water as those whom the majority Hindu religion identifies as belonging to higher castes, such as Brahmin and Vaishyas.     Furthermore, for three millennia Dalits have been relegated to the lowest jobs...

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Reflections on giving
May 2012
Philippines

Reflections on giving

Reflections on giving One of the most difficult issues to think through for missions and missionaries is that of money. Here are a few honest thoughts and reflections from my time here in the Philippines. Poverty When I first came to the Philippines, I remember being really struck by the poverty. I’d never seen anything like it before. And yet, a few years ago, arriving back in Manila and driving down the main roads, the thing that struck me most was the riches.    Cubao is one of the best examples of how poverty and riches exist side by side. Ten years ago, it was an...

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Redressing the balance
March 2012
Israel

Redressing the balance

Redressing the balance Israel is a fascinating, frustrating, friendly and sometimes plain mad place to live! The fascination comes from living within the pages of the Bible. The frustration arises from Middle Eastern attitudes to life. The madness stems from the clash of cultures between Arabs and Jews, and the rightward shift of Israeli politics. Over 1.5 million Russians have immigrated following the fall of the Iron Curtain and these are often more influenced by Russian autocracy than by Israel’s western democratic tradition.     There are now more Russians than Arab Israelis and they generally do not like each other, a worrying trend when Israel...

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On the Silk Road
March 2012
Pakistan

On the Silk Road

On the Silk Road The southern branch of this ancient trading highway carried silks from China, in exchange for precious stones and spices from India. Today the route is as busy as ever, as gaily painted heavy trucks transport goods to the Chinese border and hundreds of little Suzuki taxis weave in and out of the never ceasing stream of traffic.     About three hours north of Rawalpindi on the Silk Road lies the military town of Abbottabad, of recent notoriety as the hiding place and death scene of Osama bin Laden.    Christian hospital Another few miles further on is to be found the smaller,...

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All-Asia Creation Conference
February 2012
Asia

All-Asia Creation Conference

All-Asia Creation Conference Nearly 600 delegates came to the Kuala Lumpur All Asia Creation Conference last autumn. About 500 believers came from the Kuala Lumpur area and the remaining 100 from more than 15 countries, including Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar and India.    Ken Ham took the main sessions, showing that the creation issue is vital to the life of the church and relevant to the gospel and all cultures, whether western or eastern. Andrew McIntosh spoke on creation and the gospel, the nations after Babel and evidence for design.    The thirst for all the materials was palpable, with real appreciation of the books...

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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Vietnam
February 2012
Vietnam

Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Vietnam

Missionaries of the Christian and Missionary Alliance began work in Vietnam in 1911. By 1929 their work resulted in the establishment of an independent Evangelical Church of Vietnam. Over the years other missionary societies joined in the work of church-planting and by the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 there were 154,000 Evangelical Christians. Many of these belonged to underground churches, which had sprung up alongside the ‘open’ Evangelical Church of Vietnam. The government of the now-unified communist Vietnam ordered all the missionaries to leave, and for the next 10 years few foreigners were able to enter the country — until the change of...

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God at work in Saudi Arabia
January 2012
Saudi Arabia

God at work in Saudi Arabia

God at work in Saudi Arabia ‘Saudi women to be allowed to vote for the first time’; ‘Saudi woman sentenced to ten lashes for driving is later pardoned by the king’. Saudi Arabia can generate headlines like none other. With the Koran as its constitution, and as keeper of the two holiest sites in Islam, Saudi Arabia has sought to restrict the spread of Christianity. Yet, reports are coming in that God is at work in this desert kingdom of 26 million people. Church The church in Saudi Arabia has largely been confined to foreigners. Unlike other countries in the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia does...

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January 2012
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

Facts Area: 91,429 square miles.   Neighbours: Thailand, Burma, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.   Environment: Laos has a tropical monsoon climate. Much of its terrain consists of rugged mountains (Phou Bia 2,871 metres) with plains and plateaus. The Mekong River runs through the southwest of the country and most people live along its delta. There are floods in the rainy season. Laos is landlocked.   Population: 6 million.   Infant mortality: 89 deaths per 1,000 live births.   Life expectancy: 54 years.   Ethnic groups: A complex mix of 138 ethnic groups. Lao-Tai 59%; Mon-Khmer 31%; Hmong-Mien 7%; Sino-Tibetan 2.5%; others, including Chinese 0.5%.  ...

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Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines
November 2011
Philippines

Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines

Compassionate ministry Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines We carefully stepped out of the canoe into the filthy flood waters on the small street leading to higher ground. As we waded through them, we were not reassured to be told that these waters also flowed out of a local cemetery 40 yards away. We were there to bring relief goods to just a few of the thousands of people affected by two typhoons and incessant rains. I still had my umbrella up as we waded through. The floods had been exacerbated by the fact that three reservoirs in the mountains had to open their flood gates...

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Reaching out to Myanmar
November 2011
Burma

Reaching out to Myanmar

Reaching out to Myanmar We believe that our lives are in the hands of our sovereign God, yet often this cannot readily be seen until one looks back. I served God in Kos (Greece) for four years. During that time, I met a young man called David*. He is a pastor involved in church planting in Myanmar (Burma), with a great zeal for winning souls for Christ. Over five years our friendship deepened, and we had weekly email correspondence. Little did I realise that each email cost David a return journey of four hours to the nearest internet cafe. As it became clear in 2009...

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