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Missionary Spotlight-Christ in the Himalayas
January 2005
Nepal

Missionary Spotlight-Christ in the Himalayas

Undoubtedly, the most significant story in the Nepali church of the last 20 years is the movement to Christ of a large number of Tamangs. The Tamang people live mostly in hill districts surrounding the Kathmandu valley. Speaking a pair of related languages, they are thought to have originated from Tibet and migrated into their present heartland many centuries ago. Tamang villages are inhabited by up to 4,000 people, who scratch a living from the hillsides, between about 4,000 and 10,000ft above sea level. The movement of Tamangs to Christ can be traced back to two significant events in the 1960s. In one, the arrival...

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Missionary Spotlight-Church growth
January 2005
Nepal

Missionary Spotlight-Church growth

Just over 50 years ago a Nepali Brahman and his family walked across the border from India up into the hills – to return to the house and land they had abandoned a decade before because of a smallpox epidemic. While in India, Buddhi Sagar had met an evangelist by the name of David Mukhia, himself a Nepali, and had come to Christ through his witness. David Mukhia later joined Buddhi Sagar and a small fellowship was begun. From such humble beginnings, today’s church in Nepal has grown in an astonishing way. Missionaries from India and a host of other countries entered Nepal and have...

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Missionary Spotlight
January 2005
Nepal

Missionary Spotlight

Scaling mountains in Nepal Until 1940 Christianity was prohibited in Nepal. But in 1950 Nepali Christians living in Darjeeling, north-east India, brought the gospel into the country and won a few people for Christ. A number of other Christian missions were active from that time, including the International Nepal Fellowship (formerly Nepal Evangelistic Band) and the United Mission to Nepal. These societies established mission hospitals and schools, and did much good. Churches   The first Evangelical church was established in 1952 — at Ramghat in Pokhara. Other churches were planted at Putali Sadak in 1956 and at Gyaneshwar in 1957. But when a law prohibiting...

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January 2005
Nepal

Missionary Spotlight-The power of the Word

The narrator is one of three Tamang men whose ministries the Lord has blessed to their fellow people. As there is official opposition to Christians in Nepal this narrative preserves the anonymity of those concerned. In 1967 two women Bible translators arrived from Australia and travelled to my district. They asked the Chief District Officer (CDO) where there might be people who speak good Tamang. He pointed them to our village, and they met our village headman. The headman told me I should work with them to teach them Tamang, as I had a little English and was educated. At that time neither I nor...

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Missionary Spotlight-God’s plan in a TB sanatorium
April 2003
India

Missionary Spotlight-God’s plan in a TB sanatorium

In 1967, while serving as a young man with a missionary society in India, tuberculosis forced me into a sanatorium for several months. I did not yet speak the indigenous language, but tried to give Christian literature written in their own language to patients, doctors and nurses. Everyone refused – some politely, some rudely. I sensed many were not happy about an American being in a free, government-run sanatorium (to them, all Americans are rich – they did not know how broke I was!). Need The first few nights I awoke around 2.00am coughing. One night, in my coughing spell, I noticed one of the...

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Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka
November 2000
Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka

Kept by the power of God The civil war continues here in Sri Lanka. Amidst fighting between Tamil Tigers and government forces we are being kept by the power of God. Indiscriminate searches and arrests are the order of the day, along with exploding land mines, claymore mines, grenades (yesterday, two were killed in Trincomalee), bombs, and direct fighting. There is no sign of reconciliation in our nation.   Life is cheap in Sri Lanka. It is only by the grace of God that we have been able to continue our ministry. Travelling to other parts of the country has become tedious and precarious. People...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Blessing in India
May 1999
India

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Blessing in India

I have been privileged once again to visit Repalle, Andhra Pradesh, accompanied by Tim and Norm, two men from my church, who participated in the ministry. The trip had a profound effect upon them, as they witnessed the extreme and extensive poverty, the intensive depth of spirituality of the believers, and the response of the unsaved. These people are poor in earthly goods, but the believers are very wealthy spiritually. Tim and Norm were able to share their testimony and witness for Christ both publicly and privately. They also prayed over many of the needy and ill, and helped in some maintenance work that was...

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God’s grace in an island of graves
December 1998
Sri Lanka

God’s grace in an island of graves

Sri Lanka has a multi-ethnic society, comprised of Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers and Malays. Protestant evangelical Christians amount to less than 1% of the total population. Serious ethnic conflict between the (mainly Buddhist) Sinhalese and (mainly Hindu) Tamil communities has continued for the past fifteen years. It has affected all areas of life. The continuing bloodshed, atrocities and injustices on the island have made people think seriously about the real meaning of life. ‘Is God really in control?’ is the question uppermost in many people’s minds. Yes! He is in control and, through all its troubles, has been doing in this ‘paradise-island’ all that he intends...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Andra Pradesh,
December 1998
India

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Andra Pradesh,

We have been visiting Southern India for the past six years. The province we go to is called Andra Pradesh, which has a population of approximately 65 million. As in all of India, the major religion is Hinduism. We have been working with a group called the India Rural Evangelical Fellowship. This ministry has been greatly influenced by those with truly biblical convictions. My involvement with this group came as a result of Dr John Armstrong’s recommendation. I have been trying to teach the Indian pastors and evangelists the gospel of God’s sovereign grace in Christ. I have also been trying to show them the...

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February 1998
Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka

 ‘Pearl’ or ‘tear drop’ of the Indian Ocean? History Aboriginal Vedda inhabiting the island were conquered by Sinhalese, who came from north India during the 500’s B.C. In the third century B.C. the island became a major centre of Buddhism. Tamils arrived from south India from 100 B.C. onwards. Conflict between Sinhalese and Tamils resulted in Tamils controlling the northern half of the island and Sinhalese the south. Europeans were attracted to the island by the spice trade. The Portuguese first colonized it in A.D. 1505, to be followed a century later by the Dutch, and then in 1796 by the British. Britain declared Ceylon...

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February 1998
Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka – Features

Physical: An island 25,328 square miles in area, 50 miles south-east of India. Hilly in the south. Adam’s Peak, standing 2243 metres high, is sacred to Buddhists. Population: 18 million. Sinhalese – 74%; Tamils 17%; Moors – 7% (partly descended from Arab seafarers); others – 2%. Population density – 622 persons per square mile. One quarter are urban dwellers. Life expectancy – about 65 years. Capital (and chief port): Colombo (nearly 2 million); town: Kandy; ports: Jaffna, Galle, Negombo, Trincomalee. Languages: Sinhala and Tamil (official languages); English. Literacy – 85%. Economy: Mainly agricultural, rice being the staple crop and tea the chief export; also light...

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Monsoon for a tired pastor
February 1998
Sri Lanka

Monsoon for a tired pastor

In 1977 I was in Sri Lanka, visiting a Bible college and three Reformed Baptist churches. They worked me hard! I spoke forty-four times in fifteen days, including seven lectures a day for four days at the Bible college, where my task was to teach the prison epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon) to sixteen final-year BTh. students. This meant that I had to teach the very heart of my theology – how God, in sovereign grace, unites dead sinners to Christ and, in so doing, showers them with blessings, lavishes on them his grace and is rich in mercy and love towards them. This...

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