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Missions – a perennial problem
January 2005
Philippines

Missions – a perennial problem

When a young pastor named Rey married, he and his wife settled in a small village on the island of Panay in the Philippines. He had trained for the ministry and later embraced the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace. His mother-in-law donated a piece of ground for a church building and they were able to build a small meeting place of bamboo and leaves with a metal roof. However, their chapel overlooks the sea and the roof soon had corrosion holes in it. They have begun to build a concrete structure which will be more lasting, but they have no money. In fact Rey has...

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Missionary Spotlight-Compassion in Cambodia
August 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight-Compassion in Cambodia

The ministry of Christ was characterised by compassion for the whole person. It was against the backdrop of ministering to physical needs (Matthew 9:36-38) that Jesus told his disciples to pray for workers for the spiritual harvest. It is difficult to maintain the balance between ministering to physical and spiritual needs while keeping the spiritual primary – especially where the physical well-being of an entire society is in peril. Cambodia is such a place! With a population of 12 million and an average yearly income of $300 dollars per person, the physical side cannot easily be overlooked in Cambodia. Persecutions   The spiritual condition of...

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July 2004
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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July 2004
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

Persecution in Laos Laos, the world’s third-largest illicit opium producer, is a country with primitive infrastructure. It has a rudimentary road system, limited telecommunications, and no railroads. Electricity is available in only a few urban areas. Subsistence agriculture accounts for half the gross domestic product. It is also a country where Christians face severe persecution. In March 2004 Nambak District officials ordered Christians in the village of Nam Thuam to reject their faith or face the consequences. When they refused, district officials sent government agents to live in the homes of the Christians until they forsake their faith. Government agents   Some 35 government agents...

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Missionary Spotlight
July 2004
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

Christianity in Laos As we climbed the wooden ladder of the house on stilts, I thought of its owner; a 95-year-old lady, and her long journey of faith. She had been walking it since the day her husband, once the village spirit medium, had believed and then been stoned to death for his faith. She had brought up her large family who, though poor and despised by this world, still stand strong in faith. As we sat on the wooden planks of the house, her daughter told us that she wasn’t surprised to see us — she had dreamt she would have visitors the next...

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July 2004
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

  Taking the good news into Laos In this age of instant information and the Internet, few places in the world remain as remote and unexplored as Laos. It is surrounded by high, rugged mountains to the north, east and south; and by the mighty Mekong River along its western borders.       Breathtaking   A dense, tropical forest covers the land, as the Mekong cuts its way through the mountains. Laos is truly breathtaking, but also truly challenging for those seeking to reach its 138 different people groups with the gospel. About 60% of the people are Buddhists. However, the Department of Religious...

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Missionary Spotlight
June 2004
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

Christianity in Laos As we climbed the wooden ladder of the house on stilts, I thought of its owner; a 95-year-old lady, and her long journey of faith. She had been walking it since the day her husband, once the village spirit medium, had believed and then been stoned to death for his faith. She had brought up her large family who, though poor and despised by this world, still stand strong in faith. As we sat on the wooden planks of the house, her daughter told us that she wasn’t surprised to see us — she had dreamt she would have visitors the next...

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Missionary Spotlight – Open door in Cambodia
May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Open door in Cambodia

My wife and I are Korean missionaries who have served in Cambodia since September 1997. We are supported by the Life Bible Presbyterian Church, Singapore. We trained in a Singapore Bible college before taking up our present assignment, which is our first full-time ministry for the Lord.   Six years   In 1997 there were less than 100 churches in Cambodia. There was a civil war in progress, as well as widespread poverty and HIV/AIDS. Many were dissatisfied with the national religion of Buddhism and open to hearing the gospel. During these last six years we have been free to engage in evangelism and church-planting...

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Missionary Spotlight
May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight

Mali, an OMF worker from Thailand, has been in Cambodia for eight years. She is a naturally warm and friendly person and gets into conversation with anyone, anywhere. Mali and I found Pu Song (with the help of his wife) in one of the poorest government hospitals in Phnom Penh. His emaciated body lay on a rusting bed with no mattress — just his mat on wooden slats. The walls of the ward were filthy, the floor was stained, and tiles were cracked and missing. A mosquito coil lay half burned under the bed — impotent to quell its intended victims which began biting as...

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Missionary Spotlight
May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight

‘You will rule in the midst of your enemies’ (Psalm 110:2) Saren, a burly, genial medical colleague and I were talking last week. Just 13 years old when the Khmer Rouge took power, he had been separated from his family and placed in a mobile brigade, building dams. He and I had been together to see one of ‘his’ dams — a gigantic earthen structure built by hand at the cost of over 10,000 lives. He told me of rising before dawn, the forced marches to work and toiling late into the night — only to be beaten and kicked awake again before dawn. His...

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Cambodia Facts

  Area:69,898 square miles.   Neighbours : Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.   Environment : A tropical monsoon climate, with heavy rain in the few mountainous areas (Phnum Aoral 1,801 metres). Most of Cambodia consists of a low, flat, alluvial plain, dominated by the Mekong River. The large Tonle Sap (Great Lake) communicates with the Mekong through the Tonle River. There has been considerable forest degradation through uncontrolled logging, resulting in soil erosion.   Population : Over 13 million.   Infant mortality : 76 per 1,000 live births.   Life expectancy : 58 years. Many are infected with AIDS.   Ethnic groups : Khmer 83%, Vietnamese...

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Missionary Spotlight – Revenge and reconciliation
May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Revenge and reconciliation

Three years ago I went with a colleague to the Preah Key Mialia military hospital in Phnom Penh, notorious for its appalling conditions. The huge colonial building was filthy. Avoiding dead rats on the stairs, we walked through noisy corridors filled with mutilated men and women, on crutches and in old broken-down wheelchairs, who shuffled about on the unspeakably dirty floor, gambling, gossiping and passing the time. The patient we had come to see, Nyon, was semi-conscious in an old sluice room, lying on a mat on bare bed slats. Years ago he had sustained an injury to his leg and his kneecap had fused...

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