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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Bringing families to Christ

Bringing families to Christ   In addition to daily social and educational work, Christian Compassion Ministries also holds several Bible-based evangelistic camps each year. The camps are tailored to specific groups, such as those on the Educational Assistance Programme (EAP) or those living on the street.   EAP camps   Last April, the ninth EAP camp was held at Crystal Beach, Zambales. This was the first joint camp for couples and teens and the main theme was on strengthening family relationships.      Around 150 campers attended the three-day camp and each sponsored child came with their parents or parent. Most families were from slum areas,...

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Missionary Spotlight – Meet a student
January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Meet a student

Meet a student   Cyrell Corong is 17 and in her second year of college, studying information technology. CCM has sponsored her for the past six years.        Cyrell says: ‘I have three sisters and two brothers. My father is a construction worker and was not earning enough for all of us to go to school. College is even more expensive and I would never have been able to go if it were not for CCM’s support.      ‘I am studying for a professional licence as I would eventually like to be a programmer and create systems. Sometimes it is hard to study at...

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Missionary Spotlight – Compassion for the Philippines
January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Compassion for the Philippines

Compassion for the Philippines   http://www.ccmmanila.org/ Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM) is a Bible-based ministry of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church (CRBC). The mission was founded in 1995 as the church became aware of four or five street families living under makeshift roofs and the appalling poverty of local street children.      CRBC was given a sum of money to help the poor and, after much prayer, the church was directed by God to provide a home for street girls. The first children’s home was opened in 1995, followed by a home for boys.      The work has grown exponentially, not just in terms of the number...

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Missionary Spotlight – Visit in Manila
January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Visit in Manila

Visit in Manila   Sarah Platt visited Manila in December 2007 to work alongside CCM for four weeks.   Q: What were your first impressions of the Philippines?   A: Manila is completely different from other countries I have visited. I went in the coolest time of the year, but nothing could have prepared me for the sticky humidity of Cubao, made so much more unbearable by the heavily polluted, exhaust-filled air.      Then there was the confusion of loud rock/pop music blaring out from the jeepneys, horns sounding constantly, vehicles coming at you from every direction, vendors weaving in and out of the traffic...

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Missionary Spotlight – A day in the life ‘
January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – A day in the life ‘

A day in the life ‘   Jenny is a CCM social worker and is responsible for about 70 children from CCM’s Educational Assistance Programme. This helps to provide uniforms, shoes, books and an allowance for children from the slums so they can go to school.      During a typical day, Jenny will visit a slum area to see one of the families for whom CCM is providing support. This may involve squeezing down dark, wet alleyways and climbing steep, wobbly ladders into rooms made of corrugated iron and wood. The purpose of these visits is to talk with the family, follow up any absences...

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Missionary Spotlight – Myanmar’s devastation
September 2008
Burma

Missionary Spotlight – Myanmar’s devastation

Myanmar’s devastation   UK missionary Brian Ellis has sent this report by Peter Ci Thang of a recent visit to the Irrawaddy delta, in Myanmar. Peter is a student of Grace Ministerial Academy, in Metro-Manila, Philippines.   In early June I visited a number of island villages in Myanmar to help victims of the May cyclone. Two pastors and some village headmen were waiting to meet me on arrival. We spent the first day planning for the tasks ahead. I met church members and Bible students from Yangon Reformed Baptist Church and planned ahead with two medical doctors (my cousins).      My mother and doctor-cousins...

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Missionary Spotlight – Precious souls – Manila
June 2008
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Precious souls – Manila

Precious souls – Manila   Recently while on an early morning walk in Manila, I noticed an older, filthy, mentally-handicapped man surrounded by his meagre possessions. I felt compelled to speak with him – at least show some measure of kindness.   There was no response, just glazed, lifeless eyes, not even focusing on the one speaking to him. I decided to help him and gave him the delicious bread which I had purchased for breakfast. He said nothing as he took the bread and began to eat.      Years ago a noted Christian leader said, ‘All souls are precious, but not all souls are...

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June 2008
Burma

Burma’s agony

Burma’s agony   When Cyclone Nargis smashed into the rice-growing Irrawaddy Delta in the south of Burma on 3 May, Karen state bore the brunt of its destructive force, though four other regions have also been officially declared disaster zones by the country’s ruling military junta.   As we go to press, the extent of the destruction is still being assessed by humanitarian groups but the United Nations estimates that upwards of 100,000 may have been killed by the storm and its immediate aftermath.      But an even greater disaster is unfolding. Burma’s generals, deeply distrustful of the outside world, have refused to grant entry...

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Missionary Spotlight – Serving in Cambodia
May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Serving in Cambodia

Serving in Cambodia   When I became a born-again Christian my goals were completely turned around. From that time, I began to share the truths of my new-found faith in Christ with whoever I met. I shared them with my family members, relatives, friends, fellow office staff and church.   When I was appointed to take charge of a Sunday school class, it consisted of just one child. As time went by, the Lord blessed my class and it began to grow. Slowly, the number of children increased to about thirty. At the same time I was evangelising adults. It grieves me to think that...

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Missionary Spotlight – One Sunday morning
May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – One Sunday morning

One Sunday morning   I want to tell you what I saw one Sunday in Cambodia – not so much ‘what’ but ‘who’. Every week we attend two services on Sunday morning, the first in Khmer at Shalom Phnom Penh and the second in English at Shalom Tuol Kork.   The first person to greet me at Shalom Phnom Penh was a young, mentally disabled girl. I recognised her because she lives a few doors down from the church. She is usually dirty, shoeless and has little clothing, but she always smiles. She comes to church every morning because no one makes fun of her...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia
May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia

Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia   Cambodia is a member of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and a growing nation in Indochina. Khmer is its main language and Buddhism its religion. Its population is 14.8 million, comprised largely of the Khmer, as well as Vietnamese and Chinese minorities. Its capital city is Phnom Penh.   Cambodia is infamous for the Marxist Khmer Rouge regime, led by ruthless dictator Pol Pot, that took power in 1975, changing the country’s name to Democratic Kampuchea. The Khmer Rouge evacuated cities and sent populations on forced marches to rural work projects. Systematic genocide was practised and the...

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Missionary Spotlight – William Carey School of Theology Philippines
July 2007
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – William Carey School of Theology Philippines

William Carey School of TheologyPhilippines  It was a dull morning but the sea was calm as I emerged on deck. This was the most relaxing part of my journey. I had flown from Durham to London Heathrow, and on to Hong Kong, finally arriving in Manila on the morning of Friday 13 October 2006. I then headed straight for the port and booked an overnight sailing to Iloilo on the Philippine island of Panay. Now here I was sitting on the deck of St Joseph the Worker on Saturday morning alternately reading and watching, as the islands went by in the tropical heat. Teaching The...

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