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November 2002
Switzerland

Missionary Spotlight – Facts

Area:15,940 square miles. Switzerland is landlocked.   Neighbouring countries: France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy. Environment: Switzerland is very mountainous. More than 70% is covered by the majestic Alps and their valleys. The Jura mountains are lower and popular with skiers. Between these two mountain systems there is a central plateau of hills, plains…

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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in German Switzerland

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November 2002
Switzerland

Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in German Switzerland

Just five minutes’ drive from my apartment lies the village of Zollikon, well known for its early Anabaptist history. Further along Lake Zurich is the city of Zurich — today one of the economic lungs of the nation, but once a major centre for the Reformation.   The Zurich canton, like those of Basel,…

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Missionary Spotlight : German-speaking Switzerland

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November 2002
Switzerland

Missionary Spotlight : German-speaking Switzerland

Switzerland has had some bad headlines of late. Its ambivalent attitude towards Europe and, until recently, the United Nations, and its secretive banking system (not always funded by reputable sources), have attracted negative comment.   Then there was Swissair’s bankruptcy. Maybe it is not all chocolate, yodelling and Alpine mountain scenes! Spiritually, Switzerland’s past…

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November 2002
Switzerland

Missionary Spotlight – Signs of hope

Switzerland needs a new Reformation. Only 12% of its Protestant state church members attend even one church service a month. At the same time, there is great emptiness in the lives of most people. Switzerland has the highest suicide rate in the world.   Bible-believing Christians are viewed as cultic and dangerous. Videos from…

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Missionary Spotlight – The man in prison; the prison in man

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October 2002
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight – The man in prison; the prison in man

John Wesley is said to have preached at a fashionable London church on the text: ‘You generation of vipers, hypocrites: how will you escape the damnation of hell?’   Two ladies remonstrated. How, they asked, would he speak to foul-mouthed porters in Billingsgate fish market, if he addressed respectable church-going congregations like that? He…

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Missionary Spotlight

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September 2002
Latvia

Missionary Spotlight

Christianity in Latvia   Wasthe human voice designed for speech or song?   This question helps us to focus on the central Baltic nation � Latvia, lying between Lithuania and Estonia, and recent winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. Latvia is well known for its song festivals. In many ways its fight for survival,…

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September 2002
Latvia

Missionary Spotlight – Facts

Area: 24,938 square miles. Neighbouring countries : Estonia, Russia, Belarus and Lithuania. Environment : Latvia consists of fertile low-lying plains,with numerous lakes and marshes. The climate in the west is moderated by the Baltic Sea, but the eastern climate is harsher. The main river, the Daugava, runs into the Gulf of Riga. This provides…

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Missionary Spotlight – Russian churches in Latvia

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September 2002
Latvia

Missionary Spotlight – Russian churches in Latvia

Latvia lies between Western Europe, with its mix of Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs, and Russia with its Eastern Orthodox tradition. This intermediate position is reflected in its religious makeup.   Latvia’s two largest denominations are the Evangelical Lutheran (central and western districts of Latvia) and Roman Catholic (eastern). Amongst Russians, who make up…

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Slovakia revisited

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July 2002
Slovakia

Slovakia revisited

In May, Willis Metcalfe and I revisited Slovakia. The glorious countryside abounded with evidence of the Creator’s handiwork – spectacular mountains, rivers and vast prairie-like plains. The villages are engulfed in vineyards, though the Communists scarred the landscape by erecting towering tenements in the cities. Tourists from the west may not yet have put…

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Missionary Spotlight-Encouragement in Ukraine

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June 2002
Ukraine

Missionary Spotlight-Encouragement in Ukraine

Ukraine today is a privileged country. For more than ten years we have been free to proclaim the Word of God without being persecuted. During the 70 years during which it was illegal to worship God publicly, Christians used to meet secretly for Bible study by the light of candles. To be caught in…

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Missionary Spotlight – The persecution of Baptists

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April 2002
Russia

Missionary Spotlight – The persecution of Baptists

The Baptist movement in Russia gathered pace during the final thirty years of the nineteenth century. During this period some 160,000 evangelical believers were brought into God’s kingdom. This was despite persecution firstly by the Tsar and then, more especially, by the Communists. State oppression Baptists, with their notions of religious autonomy, were viewed…

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Missionary Spotlight – Ukrainian churches

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April 2002
Ukraine

Missionary Spotlight – Ukrainian churches

One of the world’s largest missionary agencies classifies contemporary Ukraine as ‘evangelised’. Indeed, it is hard for a casual observer not to think of it as a Christian nation, with its numerous churches and ‘Christian’ sites. To Western eyes, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches in Ukraine are in a church building competition! In…

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