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February 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, it includes the island of Great Britain (the name of which is also loosely applied to the whole country), the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land border with another sovereign state—​​the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to its east, the English...

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February 2017
United States of America

The rise and decline of evangelicalism in the United States (1967-2017)

There can be no question that something extraordinary was happening spiritually at the end of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, just as Evangelical Times was beginning its ministry. Thousands of young people came to Christ, campus ministries exploded with growth, and hundreds of young men flooded into the seminaries. The year 1976 was named ‘The year of the evangelical’ by Time Magazine,and Jimmy Carter, a professed evangelical, was elected president of the United States. Though there was at the same time much hand-wringing over the nation’s moral decline, with the benefit of hindsight we can see that a ‘revival’ of sorts burst on...

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February 2017
France

Evangelicalism in France

Protestantism is a very marginal minority in France, numerically less than 2 per cent of the total population. France Mission estimates there are 1,700,000 Protestants in France and 600,000 evangelicals. The first figure seems generous. People can say they are Protestants just because they are not Catholics. They sympathise with the Protestant minority because they take them to stand for freedom of conscience and tolerance. In the second half of the 20th century, the Roman Catholic Church ‘lost’ France, with religious practice and christenings plummeting. In spite of that, Catholicism is still a cultural heavyweight in society, and, if you say you are ‘Christian’, that...

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World mission

February 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

France

In the 19th century Napoleon took power and established the First French Empire. His subsequent Napoleonic Wars shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments culminating with the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870. France was a major participant in World War I, from which it emerged victorious, and was one of the Allied Powers in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis powers in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and later dissolved in the course of the Algerian War. The Fifth Republic, led...

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January 2017
Articles > World Mission

Reading the Bible as if for the first time

One of the blessings of being part of the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators is that we get to hear many thrilling and exciting stories about the reactions of people around the world when they encounter the Bible for the first time in their own language. As God speaks to people through his Word, people come away changed, or even transformed. A woman called Ndeere, in a village in Mali, recalls the impact on her actions of Romans 12:20, which says: ‘If you do good to your enemy, it is as though you are placing burning coals on their head’. ‘Burning coals’ ‘I thought hard...

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January 2017
Articles > World Mission

OM’s 60th

Operation Mobilisation (OM) is celebrating six decades of mission this year, from its beginnings in 1957 with just a handful of college students, to today’s fellowship of 3,400 workers from over 100 nations — and a ship, MV Logos Hope. According to a statement from OM: ‘OM remains a movement at heart, an ideal, a challenge, an invitation, a celebration, a family more impressed with the greatness of God than the size of the task. ‘Over 60 years, large numbers of people have become involved: hundreds of thousands of workers, hundreds of millions of people personally presented with the gospel, hundreds of other missions birthed...

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January 2017
Nigeria

IDP camps in north Nigeria

Recently, John Kalma wrote to ET: ‘Hope you are all doing fine. It’s great reading mission information in ET International, which you graciously send me. I distribute the same to quite a good number of readers here in Abuja, Nigeria. Indeed, many people are blessed reading the Christian news. I personally travelled to north east Nigeria — Maiduguri, in Borno State, in particular — and saw things for myself (I am from that area). I decided to share this with you all, for your prayers. The deplorable condition of IDPs (internally displaced persons) in north east Nigeria, particularly women and children, has reached a sad...

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January 2017
Ghana

Saved to serve in Ghana

My life was dominated by alcohol for 30 years. I had a promising career as a professional footballer and worked in my father’s business. I married Jennifer and had three children. Everything looked rosy. But, over a period of eight years, I went from social drinker to alcoholic, drinking on public park benches, sharing bottles with other alcoholics, sleeping rough in derelict houses and stealing to get more drink. Rock bottom It’s still hard to believe I gave up all the good things for uncountable nights in police cells, mental hospitals, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics and eventually prison. It was during one of my...

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January 2017
Nepal

Nepal’s most unlikely church planter (2)

The outcast — ‘hated by his gods’, despised by his village, a disgrace to his family — was now embraced by Jesus Christ (see ET, December 2016). His reputation as a thug was infamous, and rumours of his transformative conversion spread quickly. Suraj’s mother could not believe the change. She wanted to meet the pastor of the church to tell him, ‘My son was dead, you made him alive’: words of high praise from an orthodox Hindu woman with a lifelong suspicion of ‘cow-eaters’ [Christians]. ‘The despair I felt in my life before Christ, all those suicidal thoughts, were replaced by a joy and delight...

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January 2017
Nicaragua

Insights into Nicaragua

Our family have lived in Nicaragua for 16 years. We are involved in mission ministry through Christian education. We find this to be difficult, slow, long-term and unconventional, but far-reaching and effective. My wife is a Korean missionary; I am a British missionary; our son is a Costa Rican MK and our daughter a Welsh MK. Being a multicultural family helps in a cross-cultural ministry. But the work and its results are ultimately not ours, but all of God. We pioneered the first Christian school here in 2007 by God’s grace and power. We began with a pre-school and then added one grade each year....

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December 2016
Finland

From blasphemer to preacher

I was not brought up in a Christian home, although my mum and dad were in certain ways quite religious and members of the Russian Orthodox Church in Finland, where I was baptised as a baby. My mum and dad divorced when I was about seven years old, leaving me and my younger brother to be raised by my mum only. In my youth I was into different aspects of hip-hop culture. At a a later stage I was into reggae music and heavily influenced by the religious aspects of Rastafarianism. Religion without Christ At that point, I thought of myself as a righteous man...

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