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October 2015
Philippines

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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December 2013
Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan and Relief

TYPHOON RELIEF Manila was not affected by the typhoon but areas in central Philippines were terribly devastated. The worst affected areas are in northern Leyte and particularly the City of Tacloban as well as the large island of Samar. It is very difficult at the moment to get any personal news except what is coming over on the News Channels. However other areas are also affected and needing help such as northern Panay, Aklan, Capiz, Mindoro, Palaway, Bohol and parts of Cebu. There are Reformed Baptist churches in many of these areas. Some of the members of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church also have family members...

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August 2013
Indonesia

Prayer for the tensions in Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast country of 17 000 islands, only 6 000 of which are inhabited. It straddles the equator from Sumatra in the west to Irian Jaya in the east. It is mountanous with several active volcanoes. In northern Sumatra 168 000 people were killed by the tsunami in 2004. The population is around 238 million, the island of Java where 58% of the population live, being densely populated. The capital, Jakarta is an impressive and polluted city of over 12 million inhabitants. Natural resources Indonesia was previously a Dutch colony and gained independence in 1945. Today it has rapid economic growth and G20...

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Reflections on giving

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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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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Vietnam

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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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Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines

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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

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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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Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines)

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August 2011
Philippines

Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines)

Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines) Website: http://www.ccmmanila.org/ In 1994, Cubao Reformed Baptist Church, situated in Quezon City — part of the Manila complex of towns and cities with a population of about 24 million people — received a gift. The gift was US$3,700 from a church in the USA, with the stated aim of ‘helping the poor and needy’. For us, this was a large gift and we were a little flummoxed as to how we should use the money.    Some of us in the church were concerned with how we could help the street people who slept on the pavement less than 100 yards...

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The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’

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August 2011
Philippines

The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’

The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’ http://www.ccmmanila.org/ Not her real name, but the story is true as told to Virgie Biala, the CCM social worker responsible for following up ‘Annie’s’ case. ‘I do not know anything about my mother. My father told me that she left when I was still a baby. I lived in a small room with my father and brother.     One day, after playing, I went home, but found that my father and brother had left. I asked our neighbours, but they could not tell me where my father and brother went.     ‘I waited and waited for them to come home...

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Missionary Spotlight – Rocks and Pebbles

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September 2010
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Rocks and Pebbles

Rocks and Pebbles   The writer of the book of Hebrews instructs us to consider how to ‘stimulate one another to love and good deeds’ (Hebrews 10:24). The apostle Paul encouraged churches to trust and serve God, to give generously, to be faithful and an example to other churches.      I would like, therefore, to give the example of a church in Manila, Philippines, which may stimulate you not just to copy another church but to continue to grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ.      Higher Rock Christian Church is a fellowship of about 500 in Metro Manila, Philippines. It rents facilities in...

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World Mission – The plight of Chin and Karen refugees

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August 2010
Malaysia

World Mission – The plight of Chin and Karen refugees

The plight of Chin and Karen refugees   In December 2008, I received a request to help a Christian held in prison in Malaysia. Since I am Malaysian, it would be easier for me to communicate with the authorities there. The Christian was a Chin refugee from Burma.      In January 2009, my friend and I visited her Chin friend in Kluang jail, Johor (my home state). Thankfully, he had been in Malaysia for a year and had picked up the Malay language, so I was able to speak to him via a telephone, through a glass barrier.      Prison life was tough. There was...

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Hello from Borneo!

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July 2010
Borneo

Hello from Borneo!

Hello from Borneo!   Rhian Roberts shares her impressions while nursing in a Christian village in Borneo   I left UK on 28January and after two flights, two buses and a truck journey arrived in the Living Waters Village (LWV), near a village called Manggala.      The 13-hour bus ride was an experience. About 40 people crammed into a minibus. There were no doors and people were hanging out of the bus. We were travelling on an extremely dusty and ridiculously bumpy road at a fast speed.      At one point the driver stopped to put a plank of wood over a pot-hole as it...

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