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August 2017
Spain

An evangelical church on the tropical coast of Spain

Almuñecar is a small cosmopolitan town of around 29,000 people. There are a considerable number of foreign residents who have their second home here or come often for holidays. The town is located in the heart of what is called the ‘Costa Tropical’, between Nerja, in Málaga province, and the province of Almería. There are good transport links from Málaga and Granada (45 minutes by car). The climate makes it possible to grow many tropical fruits like mangos, papayas, avocados and bananas. History Almuñecar was named by the Moors Hins-Al-Monacar, which means ‘city surrounded by mountains’. This settlement has an ancient history. It was a...

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November 2016
Spain

Visiting central Spain

Studying for Spanish GCSE two years ago, I travelled out to Spain to stay with a pastor called Jose Luis and his family, who live in a small town called Moral. He is one of three pastors and four churches, part of an organisation called Spanish Gospel Mission (SGM). This is a faithful evangelical witness in a south central area of Spain called Castilla-La Mancha. As a church in Dundee we had known about and prayed for this work for many years, and as a family we had even had Jose Luis to stay when I was about 8 years old! These connections, as well...

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January 2014
Albania

Albania – 20 years on

Shaun Thompson, of the Albanian Evangelical Mission in Gjirokastër for 20 years, reflects on the needs of Albania today.   The opening up of Albania, and later Kosova, to Christian missions, was rightly hailed as a great opportunity for the gospel. When Albanians emerged from that notorious atheistic dictatorship, many showed an interest to learn something about religion, previously a forbidden subject. Emigration During 1991-1996 hundreds of missionaries moved into Albania, evangelising freely and opening churches in every town. It was a good start, but in many cases it was interrupted by what I consider the biggest challenge to the Albanian church in the last...

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February 2012
Albania

Albanian Evangelical Mission

World Mission Albanian Evangelical Mission Christmas Day saw the retirement of David Young, director and one of the founders of the Albanian Evangelical Mission (AEM). Here is an interview between him and William Hadspen: WH: David, how did you become drawn to Albania so many years ago? DMY: When I was 18, I worked as a postman in Germany for a while before going to Cambridge to read modern and mediæval languages. Having been converted through the Methodist Church in Basingstoke, I worshipped with the Methodists in Backnang, and was invited to live with a family who had escaped from East Germany.     Through them,...

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Italy – outreach in Mantova
November 2011
Italy

Italy – outreach in Mantova

Italy — outreach in Mantova In September, the Sola Grazia church organised a five-day evangelistic outreach during the National Book Fair (Festival della letteratura) in Mantova. 110,000 people came to the event from all overItalyand from other countries. The church received much help from a Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) team, along with several Italians from elsewhere who joined our church for the outreach. We were able to distribute about 12,000 flyers and 1,000 key rings with scripture texts. The focus of this effort was to invite people to hear John Blanchard give two addresses in the church on the Saturday — the first at...

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Italy’s greatest problem
November 2011
Italy

Italy’s greatest problem

Italy’s greatest problem Italy was once home to one of the greatest empires ever seen. It also once had an impressive role in the history of Christendom, and yet, as we fast forward to 2011, there are now nearly as many Jehovah’s Witnesses there as Protestant evangelicals. Where did it go wrong? More importantly, what is now stopping Italy from returning to the biblical faith? Many would say that the Catholic Church is the problem; it so clouds the picture that Jesus can no longer be found. By developing new doctrines (prayers to the saints, purgatory, transubstantiation, etc.) it has made the waters very muddy....

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Missionary Spotlight – Christ in postmodern Albania
July 2008
Albania

Missionary Spotlight – Christ in postmodern Albania

Christ in postmodern Albania   Children are not only a most wonderful gift from God but a most welcome distraction from the pressures of modern living. They have a tendency to see things in black and white and are often very perceptive.   One seven-year-old described a towel as ‘the thing you clean your hands on after you have washed them’. Their perception is not always so acute, however, when they want something. I often hear our three-year-old saying, ‘Daddy I need ” – when what she really means is, ‘I want’.      It is disturbing to see our society reflected in a three-year-old. Many...

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Missionary Spotlight – Why Montenegro?
June 2008
Montenegro

Missionary Spotlight – Why Montenegro?

Why Montenegro?   Montenegro is one of the least evangelized countries in Europe, with the lowest proportion of evangelical Christians. About 8% of the population is Muslim. Muslim Montenegrins are concentrated in certain regions, and here they form the majority of the population. There is a Roman Catholic presence, primarily on the coast.   There are very few biblical churches in Montenegro. Most people grew up under Communism and have never heard the gospel. That is why we are here. We want them to hear about Christ, and for God to be glorified in the establishing of real Christian churches.      We live in Niksic,...

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