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May 2000
Belgium

Missionary Spotlight – Belgium — Fact File

Government: A federal, parliamentary democracy, under a constitutional monarch (King Albert II). Neighbouring countries: Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France. Brussels is the headquarters of NATO and the EU. Area: 11,787 square miles. Environment: A temperate, moist climate. There are low-lying, coastal plains in the north-west and highlands (the Ardennes Forest) in the south-east. About…

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Missionary Spotlight – Belgium

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May 2000
Belgium

Missionary Spotlight – Belgium

The traveller strolled along the road looking for some sign of life. Finally he met a casually dressed man coming in the other direction. ‘Excuse me, sir,’ said the traveller, ‘could you tell me which country this is?’ ‘Belgium’, replied the man, looking rather bemused, perhaps wondering why the question should be asked at…

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Missionary Spotlight – France

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May 2000
France

Missionary Spotlight – France

The Gospel in Auvergne Some years ago I spoke to the mayor of a nearby town, who happens to be a friend of Jacques Chirac. I asked him about the presence of Protestants in Auvergne, on which he remarked that the Charles Martel had stopped the Arabs at Poitiers — and then suddenly paused…

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France Today-Gays, Sects and Subversion

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February 2000
France

France Today-Gays, Sects and Subversion

Some specialists say that modern France is a difficult country in which to be a Christian today, or to work in as a missionary. They have a point. Christian values have been progressively undermined in France for 200 years. The country Rome once called the ‘elder daughter of the Catholic Church’ is under assault…

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August 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Eastern Europe > Hungary

Republic of Hungary

Hungary’s ineffective church The nation of Hungary was touched for a while by the Reformation and later by Puritan influence. Centuries later, just after the Second World War, the Lord was pleased to revive his work there. That particular quickening may well have been God’s provision for churches about to face the trauma of…

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August 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Eastern Europe > Hungary

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Hungary

Area: 35,920 square miles. Roughly oval-shaped area, longest dimensions being 328 miles east/west and 166 miles north/south. Bordering countries: Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria. Geography: Landlocked, yet in a strategic location between Western Europe and the Balkans, and between Ukraine and the Mediterranean. The River Danube runs from north to south and…

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July 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > Germany

Missionary spotlight – Germany

It is probably true to say that throughout the twentieth century the majority of Germans have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ preached. In August 1887, C. H. Spurgeon wrote in The Sword and Trowel that ‘Germany was made unbelieving by her preachers’. What happened in Germany between 1517, the year Martin Luther…

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July 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > Germany

Missionary spotlight: Witness in Heilbronn

Heilbronn in Germany has a population of about 120,000 people. The majority of these would claim to be Catholic or Protestant. Yet the churches they belong to seem very empty. Active church members are mainly elderly folk, while the young have little interest in the things of God. This is in spite of the…

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Literature in Italy

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May 1999
Italy

Literature in Italy

The year 1998 rushed by like the wind and we’ve already plunged into our work for 1999 at full speed. We thank the Lord for all the grace and patience he continues to show us. We are grateful for the number of books that we were able to distribute last year (the total since…

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April 1999
Ireland

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Irish Republic

Fact File – Irish Republic Eire became the Republic of Ireland, fully independent of Britain and the Commonwealth exactly 50 years ago, on Easter Monday, 18 April 1949.   Territory – Over 27,000 square miles, four fifths of the island of Ireland.   Environment – Mild and moist climate, due to the warm Atlantic…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Church planting in Ireland

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April 1999
Ireland

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Church planting in Ireland

Ireland has a population of just over 5.1 million people, and 3.8 million of these are Roman Catholics. Catholicism has for centuries played a major role in Irish life. It has had a strong influence on children’s education, with many priests, brothers and nuns becoming teachers. Nuns have been involved in caring professions like…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-WATERFORD

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April 1999
Ireland

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-WATERFORD

Waterford Baptist Church is one of the oldest Baptist churches in Ireland, established in 1650, with the first known pastor being a Mr Foster. The church has fluctuated in membership over the years. During the ministry of Pastor Peter Brown (1746-1757) 115 names appeared on the church roll, but by 1805 this had been…

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