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All articles in category South Eastern Asia

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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Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to the poor in Cubao, Philippines
June 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to the poor in Cubao, Philippines

Ministering to the poor in Cubao, Philippines   It’s Thursday night again and time for the Drop-in Centre. It’s strange remembering back to when we started more than five years ago.   Tonight I’m on the gate checking who comes in and whether they are allowed to attend. Plenty of people from the slums, especially children, would be glad of a free meal, but the aim of this meeting is clear – it’s for those who are sleeping rough.      Numbers have dropped recently, with the average weekly attendance down to around 90. Standing at the gate means I get to talk to everyone. As...

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Missionary Spotlight – Restored by jungle conference
April 2009
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Restored by jungle conference

Restored by jungle conference   Three Scottish ministers and a Dutch pastor visited the North Thailand jungle in January to minister to Karen pastors. They were accompanied by Harvey Gutter, a civil engineer from Holland, who videoed the event for a film in support of the Karen.   The jungle north-west of Chiang Mai city is home to thousands of Thai-Karen families whose ancestors were displaced from the city as refugees several decades ago. Most of the Karen profess Christianity and there are three or four hundred congregations in the jungle, with an average size of about 200 people each.      However, as they are...

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