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May 2014
Madagascar

Gospel tracts

Patients all over the world spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting time is an opportunity for Christians to talk to them about the Lord — and for them to read the Scriptures and gospel tracts. With this in mind, several tracts have been written and translated into Malagasy. Here are some of them: Better is a tract to give when patients go home. It is based around the story of the ten whom Jesus healed of their leprosy, and the one who came back to give thanks. I want an abortion is for women who have had an abortion or are requesting one. It...

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May 2014
Madagascar

An unusual patient

‘What seems to be the trouble?’ is the question doctors all over the world ask the patients in their consulting rooms. It is no different in Mandritsara, and I asked the Malagasy equivalent question of a 44-year-old lady in my consulting room. ‘I’m breathless’, came the reply (I could see that!), ‘and my abdomen is a bit swollen’. ‘And I died and came back to life again’. Now there are many standard complaints that patients present with, but I don’t ever remember someone saying quite that to me. And it is not the sort of thing you are likely to forget! But, although the lady’s...

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April 2014
Kenya

Return to Wasat, Kenya

It was my privilege at the end of 2013 to be able to return to the area known as Pokot North, in the remote north west of Kenya. This region is over 12 hours’ drive away from Nairobi, and many of the roads to it are very poor, with some being little more than dirt tracks. There continues to be little medical care, and the only electricity available is through the recent introduction of solar power. It is very dry and effectively semi-desert. People have to collect their water from a well or river and carry it back to their homes, which could be 2-3...

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April 2014
Articles > World Mission

Facing up to being a missionary

Are missionaries still needed in the world today? Since I was converted in a Chinese church in Singapore during my two years of national service in the army, I have always had an interest in cross-cultural evangelism. As a new Christian, I started witnessing by giving out Chinese tracts in Chinatown at the back of the Cathay Cinema in Singapore. From here I graduated to playing the piano accordion at open-air meetings aimed at Tamil Indians down at the harbour. My first few months as a Christian, I was greatly helped by a Chinese evangelist and he gave me my first preaching opportunity in a...

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April 2014
Cyprus

Progress in North Cyprus

Just over 29 years ago, on the first Sunday in February 1965, a little family of six gathered in their sparsely furnished front room and praised God together on their first Lord’s Day in their new country. The words of the hymn that they had sung with all the well-wishers at Darlington station, a few days before, echoed in their ears: ‘Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and his love’. Multinational congregation Twenty-nine years on, and three members of the same family, along with a wife and three children, met in North Cyprus to praise God on the first Sunday in February. This...

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March 2014
Uganda

A week in the life…

So what is life like for the Kinsellas, a missionary couple at African Bible University? Let’s look at a typical week. Sundays Sundays are a great blessing. We begin our week with worship of God. We worship at New City Bible Church, in the centre of Kampala. Services start at 10.40am and finish at 12.40pm (African church services average out at four hours, so ours is on the short side!). The music has a definite African flavour, but is biblical and includes the singing of hymns and psalms. Last Sunday it rained so hard that it was almost impossible to hear the preacher (due to...

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March 2014
Uganda

Some interesting, internet ‘facts’ about Uganda!

Around 50 per cent of Uganda’s population survives on less than one dollar a day. The main transportation vehicle in Uganda is the bicycle. Uganda’s famous motorcycle taxis are dubbed boda-bodas, as they were used to transport people across the ‘no-man’s land’ between the Kenya/Uganda border posts (‘border-border’). Uganda is one of the top countries in the world when it comes to alcohol consumption. Ugandans love meat stews, but the ‘meat’ is not just the muscle; it’s also the animal’s liver, stomach, intestines, tongue, etc. The Ugandan cook wastes nothing. Uganda has the world’s best bananas, pineapples, mangoes and avocados. For most Ugandans, their favourite...

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The ministry of African Bible University
March 2014
Articles > World Mission > Africa

The ministry of African Bible University

As the old saying goes, ‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating!’ In our case, the proof of the Lord’s graciously using our teaching finds manifestation in the fruitful ministries of our graduates. A sample will give you some idea of this. One graduate serves as language programme coordinator for SIL; another does Bible translation in southern Sudan; several are church planters; many are Bible teachers in primary and secondary schools; others are founders and administrators of schools. One serves as a missionary to pygmies in the forests of Congo; two are husband-and-wife founders of a business that employs over 200 displaced persons;...

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March 2014
Uganda

The gospel in Africa – the African Bible University of Uganda

According to a statement by Dr Kisamba Mugerwa, chairperson of the National Planning Authority of Uganda, to the United Nations in 2012, ‘The population of Uganda is … estimated to be 33 million. About 57 per cent of the Ugandan population is between 0 and 18 years and 78 per cent is under 30 years; making it a very young country…’ ‘Like most developing countries, Uganda is no exception to the multiple challenges its youth face, ranging from poverty, unemployment, ill health, violence and delinquency. In addition to these, they experience weak infrastructure and poor economic development that impede their development’(www.un.org/esa/population). Leadership Everyone agrees that...

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March 2014
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Meet two of the students!

Angeline I was born in Busia, Kenya. I have an older sister and two older brothers. I did all my schooling in Kenya. My father is a civil engineer and my mother a teacher. At school, I passed my exams and gained first prize in music at the National Music Festival. I always knew about God, but did not know him personally. As children, we were taken to Sunday school. We were given Gideon Bibles to read, but I found mine hard to understand and gave up reading it. As I grew up, my mother introduced our family to a form of Bible Study where...

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March 2014
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia

Shedding Light on Islamic Politics in the Middle East

In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria Islamists tried to hijack the freedom-thirsty uprisings of their people. Being well organized as movements the Muslim Brotherhood branches in these countries outmanoeuvered others and did well in local elections. Their plan, however, was to fanatically impose their narrow Islamic agenda on the rest of their countrymen.  This has backfired on them in every one of these countries.  In Egypt the Islamic president was deposed through a popular uprising. In Tunisia the secularists forced the Islamic government to resign and replaced it by a coalition government committed to religious and political freedom. In Libya, the Islamists have not succeeded in...

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February 2014
Articles > World Mission

The Roma

The Roma! Few people in the world divide public opinion as they do.   Broadly speaking, there are two views. The first sees the Roma as a parasitic underclass from eastern Europe, incapable of and uninterested in any kind of lawful gain; they scrounge a few coppers on street corners and thousands of pounds from the UK tax system, in a cynical ploy to build mansions back in Romania. In the second, they are an abominably treated ethnic minority, victims of the Nazi holocaust and grindingly poor, who, despite their attempts to improve their situation, face a daily barrage of prejudice and discrimination from those...

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