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All articles in category South Eastern Asia

March 2001
Singapore

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Singapore

Singapore Fact File     Area: 247 square miles.   Environment: Singapore has a tropical climate, with high humidity and frequent thunderstorms. It is mainly low-lying. Population: 4.1 million Life expectancy: Male 77, female 83.     Ethnic groups: Chinese 77%, Malay 15%, Indian 4%, others (including Eurasian) 4%.     Official languages: Mandarin (Chinese), English, Malay and Tamil.     Literacy: 91%.     Economy: ‘Singapore is blessed with a highly developed and successful free-market economy, a remarkably open and corruption-free business environment, stable prices, and the fifth highest per capita GDP in the world’ (CIA World Factbook).       Singapore has few...

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Missionary Spotlight – Philippines
November 2000
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Philippines

Exciting discovery During a recent visit to the Philippines I was invited to speak to a group from the ‘Worldwide Church of God’ (WCG) in Cubao, Quezon City. It was one of the most exciting and moving meetings I have ever attended. The group call themselves the Cubao Berean Fellowship, because their one desire is to search the Scriptures and find the truth (see Acts 17:10-11). There were 18 present.   They told me of the changes that had been happening within their church. The WCG was founded by Herbert W. Armstrong, and published a magazine, The Plain Truth, for free distribution. It was generally...

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Letter from Singapore
July 1999
Singapore

Letter from Singapore

The danger of dabbling The growing interest in the occult is a phenomenon of our time, although occultic practices have also been around since the time of the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:26). When I was ministering in a church in Western Australia last year, I visited Freemantle, and found a place rampant with occultic activities. Some of the more common forms of occultic activities today include astrology, horoscopes, geomancy, crystal gazing, and fortune-telling, fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons, and Ouija boards. These practices may seem innocent and harmless to some, but they can be a doorway to deception, leading to enslavement to sin and...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – A visit to the Philippines
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 me to preach at a three-day conference over that weekend, and the first two sessions were held that afternoon. The overall theme was ‘The Sovereignty of God’. What impressed me was the hunger of the Christian people for the Word of God. There was a young lad sitting in the front...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – MALAYSIA
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
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
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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