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All articles in category New Zealand

February 2003

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: 104,534 square miles. New Zealand comprises the North and South Islands (separated by the Cook Strait), and numerous smaller islands.Environment: Mountainous, with stunning scenery (Mount Cook 3,764 metres) and large coastal plains. North Island has three active volcanoes. The climate is temperate, with strong local variations. There is a wide variety of wildlife.Population:…

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Missionary Spotlight-A powerful work of God
February 2003

Missionary Spotlight-A powerful work of God

'We did not mean to become Christians', said Esmaeil as we sat in his lounge. 'But we were slowly changed as we read the Holy Book and listened to your speaking at the church'. Fatemeh his wife nodded her agreement, while their 6-year-old daughter Salmah looked on.Asylum seekersAnother elder and I from the EPC…

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Missionary Spotlight-Contending for the truth
February 2003

Missionary Spotlight-Contending for the truth

I became an active Christian late in the 1960s, at a critical juncture in the history of Reformed Presbyterianism in New Zealand. The Principal of the Presbyterian Theological Hall, Knox College, had been charged with heresy for his unorthodox views on the Bible and the gospel. To the amazement of Evangelical Christians, he was…

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Missionary Spotlight-New Zealand today
February 2003

Missionary Spotlight-New Zealand today

If you ever visit the Bay of Islands in New Zealand's upper North Island, take the ferry to the particular bay where the gospel was first preached, by Samuel Marsden from Australia. That was on Christmas Day 1814.The general area is well worth visiting, having various historical sites that recall early missionary effort.MaoriDuring the…

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Missionary Spotlight-Religious patterns in New Zealand
February 2003

Missionary Spotlight-Religious patterns in New Zealand

Christian life and witness in New Zealand is a very mixed bag. Most of the traditional Protestant churches - Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist - are in a state of decline. The Baptist denomination is the most evangelical of the mainline churches.The declining churches reflect doctrinal indifference, a strong feminist influence, and differing attitudes towards…

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Letter from New Zealand
June 2001

Letter from New Zealand

New Zealanders are very conscious of their smallness relative to the rest of the world, in population, economy and land mass. That condition is perhaps seen as having its attractions and advantages. But that has not always been the case.We've just been reminded through an agreement made recently between the New Zealand and Australian…

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