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Joy and tears in PNG

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March 2007
Papua New Guinea

Joy and tears in PNG

New Tribes Missionaries Chad Mankins and Jason Knapp have been teaching the Tobo people of Papua New Guinea through foundational portions of the Old Testament. On 16 January this was climaxed by an account of the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. The following is part of Chad and Jason’s report: ‘Yesterday 16 January…

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Australian Evangelicalism

Historical

February 2007
Articles > Historical > Australia

Australian Evangelicalism

Snapshots of history have their charms and their dangers. The last forty years or so of Australian evangelicalism have seen hopes rise and fall, as they invariably do. The mid-1960s were nothing short of catastrophic — despite the 1959 Billy Graham crusades. These crusades were considered so successful that many thought Australia came close…

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Exciting progress in PNG

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September 2006
Papua New Guinea

Exciting progress in PNG

Missionaries Bob and George Walker and Jack Housley hiked in to visit the Bisorio people of Papua New Guinea, 24 years to the day they first presented the gospel to them in 1982. Today New Tribes Mission no longer has missionaries working among the Bisorios. The work was completed in 2000. The Bisorios express…

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Missionary Spotlight – Doing the impossible in PNG – Clifford Hellar

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August 2006
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Doing the impossible in PNG – Clifford Hellar

Soon after my wife and I arrived in Papua New Guinea in January 1962, the field director and I hiked to the location where we were planning to work among Keyagana-speaking people I quickly began to appreciate the problems we would face as we worked there as a family. My wife was pregnant with…

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Missionary Spotlight – Spiritual warfare in PNG

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November 2005
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Spiritual warfare in PNG

In 2004 some of the Hewa people of Papua New Guinea heard the gospel for the first time and came to know Christ as Saviour. New Tribes missionaries were already learning Hewa culture and language, but God used a young man named Dogofili to first bring the good news of Christ to these people.…

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Missionary Spotlight – What kind of missionaries?

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March 2005
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – What kind of missionaries?

I was recently asked, ‘What kind of missionaries are needed in Papua New Guinea (PNG) today?’ PNG first had Anglican and London Missionary Society missionaries well over a century ago, and many argue they are no longer needed, but as I travel in both rural and urban areas I get a different perspective —…

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Missionary Spotlight – Will the real Papua New Guinea please stand up!

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March 2005
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Will the real Papua New Guinea please stand up!

PNG is a land of contrasts – the lowland jungle, mountains five kilometres high, white-water rivers and huge meandering waterways snaking their way to the ocean. A nation of 10,000 tribes, more than 700 distinct languages and numerous dialects, its five million people are found in cities, towns and countless stone-age villages, scattered throughout…

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Missionary Spotlight-Papua New Guinea

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August 2004
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight-Papua New Guinea

The Christian worker made his way round PNG villages that had called for his help and advice. These villages had heard and responded to the gospel during the last 50 years. Like the church at Thessalonica, their parents and grandparents had ‘turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God’ (1…

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June 2004
Fiji

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Fiji

 Fiji Fact File An island group in the South Pacific Ocean, of about 7,000 square miles. Fiji comprises 2 larger mountainous islands (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) of volcanic origin, as well as 104 smaller inhabited islands and over 200 uninhabited islands.     Climate:Tropical.   Population:About 900,000.   Ethnic groups:Fijians 51%; Indians 44%;…

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The gospel of grace in Australia

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June 2004
Australia

The gospel of grace in Australia

The centre of Australian evangelical life in Australia is the Anglican diocese of Sydney – centred on Moore College, the publications of Matthias Press, and the national leadership of Archbishop Peter Jensen. Its influence radiates outwards into the whole of Australian Christian life and work. While some aspects of this influence give me cause…

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Missionary Spotlight-Recovering the gospel in Fiji

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June 2004
Fiji

Missionary Spotlight-Recovering the gospel in Fiji

Indigenous Fijians have professed Christianity for over 100 years, the gospel having first arrived through Methodist missionaries. But today the Methodist Church in Fiji has departed from its theological moorings and the biblical gospel. In the late 1970s a Baptist church was started in Lautoka, Fiji, with the aim of fresh evangelistic outreach to…

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Missionary Spotlight-Fiji’s gospel heritage

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June 2004
Fiji

Missionary Spotlight-Fiji’s gospel heritage

The Pacific islanders are well known as seafarers. With their huge canoes they have criss-crossed the Pacific Ocean, travelling from one island kingdom to another. As far back as the sixteenth century, Tongans traded with the Lau group of islands to the east of the Fijian group. This trading led to inter-marriage and a dynastic…

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