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May 2000
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Belgium – Eeklo Evangelical Church

The Eeklo Evangelical Church was founded in 1980 by Pastor Jacobus De Feyter from the Netherlands. He, his wife and six children had moved ‘just down the road’ into Belgium, an expression betraying the fact that Eeklo (a town of about 20,000 inhabitants) lies near the Dutch border. They began gospel services in various…

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May 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > Belgium

Fact File: Belgium

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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May 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > 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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May 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Missionary spotlight – the gospel in Auvergne, France

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 in the middle of…

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February 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > 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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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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January 1999
Articles > World Mission > France

Missionary extraordinary – An appreciation of Bill Clark

Samuel William Clark, whose death at the age of sixty-six was announced in the December issue of Evangelical Times, knew from the age of sixteen that he was going to be a missionary. This interest blossomed when, at the age of nineteen and already engaged to his future wife Evelyn, he heard and met…

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