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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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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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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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Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines)
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’
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
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
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!
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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Burma’ where all the gold is on the pagodas
February 2010
Burma

Burma’ where all the gold is on the pagodas

Burma— where all the gold is on the pagodas   On 17 November Dr Jim Winter and John Hobson of Horsell Evangelical Church, and I of College Park Baptist Church, Lewisham, met for the long flight from Heathrow to Yangon. We returned safely back on 1 December.      It was a lovely surprise to see Yangon’s new, spacious and attractive airport, but even better to see Brothers Tuang and Suan waiting outside the wire barrier and waving excitedly on seeing us. They studied years ago at London Theological Seminary (LTS).      Bustling   We arrived at City Star Hotel in Downtown Yangon. As before, we...

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Missionary Spotlight – A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines
September 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines

A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines   One afternoon five young men armed with knives robbed a Jeepney in Cubao. It wasn’t the first time, but for at least two of them it was to be the last. The robbery went badly wrong for them when police warning shouts and bullets arrived at the same time.      Shortly after, two men lay dead in the street. Joseph fled the scene but ended up in hospital with a wounded foot. Some years later, and a few hundred metres from where the robbery took place, Joseph limps down the aisle of our church building to give...

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