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July 1997
Hong Kong

Missionary Spotlight – Hong Kong

Features An area of 413 sq. miles, parts of which are attached to mainland China, namely New Territories and Kowloon, a mountainous peninsula. The most important area in the territory is Hong Kong Island. This is the largest of 230 islands and has one of the world’s finest natural harbours. The waters of its busy container-port are heavily polluted. The island is connected with Kowloon by an undersea railway. Since its colonization by the British in 1842 Hong Kong has grown rapidly to become one of the world’s leading financial, industrial and trading centres and a major artery for trade passing in and out of...

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July 1997
United Kingdom

Street preacher or prison visitor?

It happened to Peter, Paul and Silas. It would also have happened to our Lord himself had the Pharisees had their way. What happened? They preached publicly in the open air, incurred the displeasure of the authorities and spent time in prison as a result. It is not new to preach in the open air and bring the message of the Lord Jesus Christ to men and women as they go about their business. In fact, open-air preaching probably has been going on longer than preaching inside buildings! Paul tells us explicitly that he preached in the market place. Generations of preachers have realized that...

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Hong Kong – an uncertain future
July 1997
China

Hong Kong – an uncertain future

  Hong Kong is a city of paradox and contradictions. This becomes clear the moment you touch down at busy Kai Tak airport. Hong Kong in Cantonese means ‘fragrant harbour’ but even as you reach for your luggage in the overhead rack some very different odours from the filthy harbour permeate the cabin! Hong Kong in the 1840s was a small fishing village – today it is one of the financial centres of the world, with a breathtaking waterfront of towering offices and hotels. Hong Kong under British rule kept to an archaic system of colonial government, yet paradoxically enjoyed the benefits of a British...

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June 1997
Albania

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Albania

History Although in New Testament times Albania had a flourishing Christian church, it had become part of the Ottoman Turk empire by 1468. Muslim domination continued right up until 1912 when independence was achieved from Turkey. One of the earliest attempts to re-evangelize the population was made in 1828, when the Bible Society completed the translation of the New Testament into Albanian. After a visit to the country in 1863 Alexander Thomson reported: ‘In all these extensive districts … there is no missionary whatsoever …’ Some years later it was stated that ‘Albania is perhaps … the most backward in the empire as regards civilization...

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June 1997
Albania

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Albania

The future Most of the fellowships have until recently been led by foreign missionaries. Perhaps the recent evacuation of non-nationals will help to reduce unhelpful doctrinal influences. Not all missionaries have left the country, but those who did and who later try to return may face a credibility gap. There is a large Albanian population outside Albania. Many of these are refugees and economic migrants. This represents a significant gospel opportunity. In former Yugoslavia there are three million Albanians, with only a few Christian believers among them, and Albanian refugees have flooded into Italy and Greece, often illegally. Those who cannot get work in these...

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June 1997
Albania

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Albania

The current situation From 1991 until early 1997 there has been a new period of opportunity for mission but the result has been that all kinds of false teaching have poured in including those of the Mormon and Baha’i cults. Roman Catholic influence has increased in the north and Orthodoxy in the south. Islam too has been seeking to win Albania back into its fold with new mosques being built in many towns and villages. It has even been suggested that the present civil disorder may have been inspired by anti-Islamic influences coming from Greece. Evangelical influence has grown dramatically since 1991. In five years...

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Letter from America
March 1995
United States of America

Letter from America

As the aircraft gently lifts off from Chicago, it leaves behind one of the busiest airports in the world. At first, it heads out over Lake Michigan before turning sharply around and flying back over Chicago. It is already dark outside, as I sit with my head pressed against the small window. Below, the city unfolds its pattern of lights, cars and skyscrapers. We pass over the downtown area, barely missing (so it seems) the tallest buildings, including the Sears tower, a monument to one of the largest retail companies in the USA. At night, it is easy to see the streets laid out below...

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The church in Israel today
March 1995
Israel

The church in Israel today

There is no doubt about it: the church of Christ in Israel has grown numerically over the last few years. Evangelism and the immigration of believing families, particularly from the former Soviet Union, have been the major sources of this growth. In addition, the number of Jewish-Christian families in Israel has also grown over the years, naturally leading to a growth in the number of children born to Jewish-Christian parents. New congregations have been formed in Jerusalem, Haifa and the centre of the country. The national Evangelistic Committee has continued to conduct co-operative evangelistic campaigns in various regions of Israel and on suitable occasions. Efforts...

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