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Missionary Spotlight – Bhutan – ‘the road less travelled’
October 2005
Bhutan

Missionary Spotlight – Bhutan – ‘the road less travelled’

Gathering news in Thimpu – Bhutan’s capital city – is an education in itself. This is widely seen as a ‘closed country’ but, unusually, there is little poverty to speak of and no pent-up national anger. Nor is there any crime worth reporting. The economy barely gets a mention, and the King (the leader of this tiny Himalayan recess) is the greatest folk hero of them all! Indeed, he tried to step down not too long ago and push his 810,000 people toward democracy. They would have none of it and he’s back where he was — now into his 34th year as King of...

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Missionary Spotlight-Bangladesh
June 2005
Bangladesh

Missionary Spotlight-Bangladesh

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh has a population of 142 million – 98% Bengali, 83% Muslim and 16% Hindu. During the fifteenth and sexteenth centuries, Bengal was the wealthiest part of the Indian subcontinent. It was also the place where missionary William Carey laboured for many years, the first Bangla grammar book being authored by him. Independence   After World War 2 the British granted India independence and divided it up by religion – the result was India in the centre (Hindu), flanked by East and West Pakistan – both Muslim. But having West and East Pakistan as one country was a bad mistake, for...

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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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