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All articles in category Southern Asia

January 1998
Bangladesh

Missionary Spotlight – Bangladesh – Features

Area: 55.6 thousand square miles. Bounded by India, Myanmar (Burma) and the Bay of Bengal. Physical: Bangladesh occupies the delta and floodplains of the rivers Ganges and Brahmaputra. With three-quarters of the land less than ten feet above sea level, violent monsoons and high annual rainfall (100 inches) cause frequent, serious flooding. Increased salinity in the delta has destroyed fisheries, contaminated drinking-water and damaged forests. Population: Over 132 million, including Bengali – 97%; tribal groups – 1%; others, including Bihari and Urdu – 2%. Bangladesh is the most densely populated country in the world, with more than 2,255 people per square mile. Most live in...

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January 1998
Bangladesh

Missionary Spotlight – Bangladesh – Feature Article

History From 200 B.C. until A.D. 1200 this area was ruled variously by Buddhist or Hindu dynasties. Muslim domination came when the Delhi Sultanate was established in 1206. After that, Afghan and then Mogul rulers governed the territory for 600 years. During the time of the Moguls, different European traders began to visit Bengal. Eventually, in 1857, Bengal became part of British India. During the early twentieth century new links were forged between Bengali Muslims and their Arab co-religionists. One result of this was the emergence of de facto Muslim castes, which added further complications to a society already influenced by the Hindu caste system....

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January 1998
Bangladesh

Missionary Spotlight – Bangladesh – A correspondent writes

Some days ago, I returned from a three-week visit to Bangladesh; my first time back for five years. There have been some dramatic changes. The population in Dhaka has increased to 10 million and is due to rise further to mega-city levels early next century. Even village roads seemed crowded with people. Paradoxically, prosperity is also increasing – buildings are going up everywhere; standards are improving; most people are working, earning at least a survival wage. Garment industries may offer pitifully low wages by Western standards, but they are economic salvation to thousands of families. Poverty remains the lot of the vast majority but most...

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November 1997
Pakistan

Missionary Spotlight – Pakistan – Features

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan stretches from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea, covering an area of 300,000 square miles. It is bounded by Iran and Afghanistan in the west and India in the east. One third of Kashmir is under Pakistani control. Physical: There are five main geographical areas — alluvial plains in the east, arid plateaux in the west (Baluchistan), hills and semi-arid valleys in the north-west, high mountain ranges in the north (Himalayas and Hindu Kush) and the Sindh desert in the south. The river Indus runs the whole length of the country and is supplied by four major rivers draining down...

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November 1997
Pakistan

Missionary Spotlight – Pakistan – Feature Article

History The area occupied by Pakistan was once the home of the Indus Valley civilization, the earliest known culture in the Indian subcontinent. It was successively invaded by Aryans, Persians, Greeks led by Alexander the Great, Seleucids, Parthians, Arabs, Turks, Persians and Afghans. Eventually it was brought under British control as part of British north-west India. Pakistan’s creation was the result of Indian Muslims, led by Muhammed Jinnah, agitating for their own political identity. When India achieved independence from Britain in 1947, East and West Pakistan were carved out of the whole, with Jinnah as the first governor-general of Pakistan. This partition led to serious...

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Missionary Spotlight – Pakistan – The Marwari Bhils of Pakistan
November 1997
Pakistan

Missionary Spotlight – Pakistan – The Marwari Bhils of Pakistan

In 1965 a slightly built, rather unassuming-looking man by the name of Dom Ji from the small town of Ghotki in the northern Sindh district of Pakistan came to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the year that followed, this man endured initial opposition and then led about ten others of his relatives to Christ. Dom Ji is from a group of people known as Marwari Bhils, who are found extensively throughout Rajasthan in central western India and also in the south-east of Pakistan. Although Dom Ji is not actually the first Bhil to be baptized (there are baptisms from these people dating...

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November 1997
Pakistan

Missionary Spotlight – Pakistan – Feature Article

History The area occupied by Pakistan was once the home of the Indus Valley civilization, the earliest known culture in the Indian subcontinent. It was successively invaded by Aryans, Persians, Greeks led by Alexander the Great, Seleucids, Parthians, Arabs, Turks, Persians and Afghans. Eventually it was brought under British control as part of British north-west India. Pakistan’s creation was the result of Indian Muslims, led by Muhammed Jinnah, agitating for their own political identity. When India achieved independence from Britain in 1947, East and West Pakistan were carved out of the whole, with Jinnah as the first governor-general of Pakistan. This partition led to serious...

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August 1997
India

Missionary Spotlight – India

History Civilizations were known in the Indus valley from the earliest times. In A.D. 700 Buddhism was driven out of India by Hinduism and in A.D. 712 Arab invasions of the Indus valley began. There has been perennial conflict between Hindus and Muslims ever since. By the eighteenth century India consisted of 562 princely states ruled by Indian princes or Maharajas. In 1505 the first European (Portuguese) trading contacts were established. In 1600 Britain formed the East India Company and from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries Great Britain progressively subjugated and annexed the various states of India. In 1857 anti-British feeling led to the...

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August 1997
India

Missionary Spotlight – India

Report from Madras Andrew Smithhas reported on a recent visit to Tamil Nadu in south India, where he spent some time with Tamil Baptist churches in an area near Madras. Young people in the churches were observed to be spiritually alert and grappling with issues similar to those faced by their contemporaries in the West – such as worldliness, trends in worship and relationships. Several of them had known great hardship since they were converted, including being shunned by Hindu parents and cut out of the family business. The churches have been active in evangelism near to their own areas and some new churches have...

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August 1997
India

Missionary Spotlight – India

Over 1,200,000 square miles. Bounded by China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. To the north there are the Himalayan mountains and in the plains the great rivers of Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra. India, with over 900 million people, is predicted to overtake China soon as the world’s most populous country. Capital: New Delhi; twenty cities with over one million people, including Calcutta, Bombay, Madras and Bangalore. Great ethnic and linguistic diversity exists; ten languages are spoken in Bombay alone. There has been much industrial development since the 1960s but most people work on the land. Nearly half the population are in deep poverty....

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