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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia; land of paradox and dreams
October 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia; land of paradox and dreams

  Macedonia; land of paradox and dreams   The present Republic of Macedonia occupies one third of the Bible’s Macedonia (much of the latter lies in present-day Greece).   It is indeed paradoxical that the nation of Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia from 336-323 BC, should now have to endure being called the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.   The Macedonian media are preoccupied with joining the EU and NATO. But some Macedonians fear that if this happens, wealthy Greeks, Kosovars and Albanians will quickly buy up Macedonia’s natural resources and industrial capacity – leading to an even greater loss of identity.   Macedonia...

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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia today
October 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia today

  Macedonia today   The ancient province of Macedonia existed during the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. In 1913, after the Balkan wars, the Bucharest Treaty divided Macedonia between Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria. Eventually, after World War II, the part of Macedonia ruled by Serbia emerged as one of the six Republics of Yugoslavia.   In 1991, after the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Macedonia became an independent state with a democratic government and religious freedom under the law. However, the Orthodox are still the most privileged group, especially when it comes to getting land and official permission to build worship facilities.             Oppression   The number...

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Missionary Spotlight – Personal work in Macedonia
October 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – Personal work in Macedonia

    Personal work in Macedonia   Macedonia is the most southern of the Balkan countries, sharing borders with Albania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia. Its long history reaches back to New Testament days. I walked the old Roman road that led to it  – probably the very road travelled by the Apostle Paul.   Macedonia has been subject to territorial claims by its neighbours. In 2001 there was fighting between Kosovan Albanian guerrillas and Macedonian forces in the west of the country, around Tetova and in the area around Struga and Ohrid. In 2002 the Albanian community was granted equal status with ethnic Macedonians and...

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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia: the Albanian part
October 2001
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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia: the Albanian part

The Republic of Macedonia is about a third the size of Scotland, surrounded by Greece, Albania, Kosova, Serbia and Bulgaria. It gained independence when Yugoslavia broke up in 1991, and has a population of two million, of whom one third are Albanians living mainly in the western part.   Readers should not think that the Albanians left Albania and came to Macedonia. Rather, the Great Powers, who determined the borders at the London conference in 1913, took little account of where different ethnic groups lived and awarded these areas to a new country called ‘Yugoslavia’. Recent fighting   The capital of Macedonia is Skopje, which...

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