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Missionary Spotlight

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April 2002
Ukraine

Missionary Spotlight

Those familiar with the Ukraine know that it used to be called ‘the breadbasket of the USSR’ because of its rich, black soil and extensive wheat harvests. Today, with its many Evangelical churches, Ukraine is also regarded as the ‘Bible belt’ of eastern Europe. Ukraine won independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. This,…

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Missionary Spotlight – Reaching Britain’s prisoners

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March 2002
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight – Reaching Britain’s prisoners

Over fifteen years ago, the chaplain at Dartmoor Prison asked for some complimentary DayOne Diaries to give to the prisoners.   The diaries carry a daily Bible verse and monthly topical Bible theme and are illustrated by colour photographs. They introduce people to gospel truths in a simple way. The idea caught on. Soon,…

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Missionary Spotlight-Poland: devil’s playground

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February 2002
Poland

Missionary Spotlight-Poland: devil’s playground

The history of Evangelicalism in Poland since the decline of Communism has been one of dramatic change and widespread satanic influence. Under Communism, until the 1980s, most Bible-believing Christians belonged to the United Evangelical Church (UEC). Only a small number of Christian books in Polish were available; Western visitors were few. The biggest outside…

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Missionary Spotlight-Poland

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February 2002
Poland

Missionary Spotlight-Poland

In 1966, while England was winning the World Cup football tournament, Poland was marking its millennium as a Christian nation. Poland has a historical pedigree that pre-dates many contemporary European countries. It has had its great moments but these have been more than matched by dark phases, sometimes as victim, sometimes as oppressor. Today…

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Missionary Spotlight-Overcoming obstacles in Poland

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February 2002
Poland

Missionary Spotlight-Overcoming obstacles in Poland

In 966, under Prince Mieszko I, the Polish people were baptised into the Roman Catholic Church. In the sixteenth century, the Reformation made rapid progress in Poland (hence the Lutheran and Reformed Churches of today). But Poland’s ethos is strongly Roman Catholic. There is tremendous confusion in people’s minds about what true Christianity is.…

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February 2002
Poland

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: 120,725 square miles. Environment: A temperate climate and flat terrain. The southern part is mountainous. Population: 39 million. Life expectancy: Men 69, women 78 years. Ethnic groups: Polish 97%, German 1%, Ukrainian 1%, Byelorussian 1%. Language: Polish. Literacy: 99%. Capital: Warsaw. Ports: Gdansk (formerly Danzig), Wroclaw. Economy: Poland has changed successfully from a…

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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia: the Albanian part

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October 2001
Macedonia

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…

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Missionary Spotlight – Struggle for the church

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October 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight – Struggle for the church

In August’s ETNigel Westhead outlined the complicated history of the Reformed movement in the Netherlands. This article provides further details.   The Reformation in the Netherlands was preceded by a growing emphasis on mystical lay piety outside the official church. This occurred during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and led to the formation of…

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Missionary Spotlight – Study centre in Netherlands

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October 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight – Study centre in Netherlands

In September 2000 it was decided to set up a centre at the Evangelical Theological High School (ETH) in Veenendaal for the study of Puritan theology. This is to serve both Independent and Reformed churches in the Netherlands.   The aim of this new venture is to provide Puritan literature and study material for…

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August 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – The Netherlands

Fact File – The Netherlands Area:16,000 square miles.   Environment: Much of Netherlands is below sea level, reclaimed from the sea and protected by dams and dikes. The rivers Rhine, Maas and Schelde run into its coastline. The climate is temperate. Population: 16 million.   Life expectancy: male 75 years, female 81 years.  …

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Missionary Spotlight-Evangelicalism in the Netherlands

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August 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight-Evangelicalism in the Netherlands

What do UK Christians think of when the Netherlands is mentioned? Maybe the Synod of Dordt and its five points of Calvinism? Or Abraham Kuyper and the Free University of Amsterdam? Or do they think of our moral decline and the passing of permissive laws, such the law legalising marriage between homosexuals? Crisis Holland…

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Missionary Spotlight-We love a fight

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August 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight-We love a fight

A few years ago I was privileged to visit the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (Liberated). After hearing the history of the Reformed Churches in Holland, I said that it was a history of division. An elder agreed saying, ‘in the Netherlands we love a fight’! There is truth and error in his reply.…

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