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Missionary Spotlight – The story so far

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June 2008
Montenegro

Missionary Spotlight – The story so far

The story so far   Both my parents were born in Montenegro. I was born in Los Angeles and grew up attending an Eastern Orthodox church. When I was young I had no love for Christ and no hatred of sin, although I believed I was a Christian. I was converted in 1979 during…

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June 2008
Montenegro

Missionary Spotlight – Montenegro Fact File

Montenegro Fact File   Montenegro’s name dates from the Middle Ages when it was under Venetian rule. Monte negro means ‘black mountain’. This refers to the dark forests once covering the slopes of the Dinaric Alps, as seen from the Adriatic Sea.       Area: 5382 square miles.     Neighbouring countries: Croatia,…

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April 2008
Serbia

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File: The Republic of Serbia

Fact File: the Republic of Serbia     Kosovo: Until 17 February 2008, when it declared independence, Kosovo was a province of Serbia – although it had been under UN administration and virtually autonomous since 1999. Kosovo has just over two million people – predominantly ethnic Albanian. Pristina is its largest city. Most of…

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Missionary Spotlight – Evangelicals in Serbia

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April 2008
Serbia

Missionary Spotlight – Evangelicals in Serbia

Evangelicals in Serbia   Serbia is one of the least evangelised countries in Europe. Although it is predominantly Serbian Orthodox, few have a personal relationship with the true God.      However, there are some Serbs passionate to bring the gospel to their own people. One such is Samuil Petrovski, Vice President of the Serbian…

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Missionary Spotlight – Kosovo testimony

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April 2008
Kosovo

Missionary Spotlight – Kosovo testimony

Kosovo testimony   I grew up in the village of Krilevë – a community of 200 houses – in the mountains of eastern Kosovo. Coming from a Muslim family, I inherited Islamic practices and knowledge. Even today I remember lessons from that time – ‘the Muslim faith is the purest faith; Mohammed is the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Serbia

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April 2008
Serbia

Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Serbia

Christianity in Serbia   Serbia accepted Eastern Christianity in the 12th century AD for political reasons. The epic battle of Kosovo in 1389 influenced the spread of Christianity in the region – although the Serbs lost the battle, it slowed down Turkey’s attempts to islamise Europe.   While the Ottoman Empire held sway (1300-1922),…

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Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to students in Serbia

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April 2008
Serbia

Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to students in Serbia

Ministering to students in Serbia   We are able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with an increasing number of students. On 17-19 November 2007 we had the biggest ever attendance at an Evangelical University Students (EUS) conference, with 155 students registering from all over Serbia and Montenegro. For the second year we…

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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia; land of paradox and dreams

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October 2007
Macedonia

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…

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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia today

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October 2007
Macedonia

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.…

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Missionary Spotlight – Personal work in Macedonia

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October 2007
Macedonia

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.  …

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Missionary Spotlight – Kosova today

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September 2007
Kosovo

Missionary Spotlight – Kosova today

Kosova today  Although Kosova is still officially part of Serbia, about 95% of its population are Albanian – and about 96% of these are Moslems. Traditionally, Albanian Islam has maintained a tolerant attitude towards Orthodox and Catholic minorities, but since the 1998-99 war in Kosova Islamic radicals have adopted a more militant and aggressive…

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Church planting in Kos

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April 2007
Greece

Church planting in Kos

Although Greece’s population is largely centred on Athens, many live on its islands, where numbers vary from a few hundred to many thousands. There are increasing numbers of northern European immigrants to the islands. Some marry Greeks and settle into their way of life. Many retire, expecting a comfortable life and good weather. Some…

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