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May 2011
Tanzania

Tanzania fact file

Tanzania fact file Area: 365,000 square miles, including the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar. Environment: The climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate in the highlands. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa (5,895 m). Borders: Tanzania is bordered by Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo. Also on its borders are three of the largest freshwater African lakes — Victoria (world’s second-largest), Tanganyika (world’s second deepest) and Nyasa. Population: Over 40 million. Life expectancy: 53 years. Languages: Swahili (official), English (official), Arabic (Zanzibar), many local languages (many of which do not have a Bible). Ethnic groups: African...

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An open door in Tanzania
May 2011
Tanzania

An open door in Tanzania

An open door in Tanzania I left for Tanzania on 15 February 2011 and returned to UK on 11 March. It takes three days to travel to and from Mbeya, so that left me 19 full days for ministry. During those days, the Lord opened the door for me to preach eight times on the radio and 25 times in churches, and spend six whole days at Utungule Bible College. There was also opportunity to lead morning devotions at two other Bible colleges.    Another part of my work was distributing books to pastors and Bible college lecturers and students. Banner of Truth, Evangelical Press and...

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The serving school
May 2011
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The serving school

The serving school ‘Haven of Peace Academy —  leadership, stewardship and service’ reads the logo of this international school in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, which educates 350 students from over 30 countries.    The school provides Year 1-13 education which culminates in IGCSEs and A levels, allowing students to fit back into schools, colleges or universities in their home countries.    All the teachers at HOPAC are committed Christians (from 10 nationalities), many sent by mission agencies such as AIM.     There are waiting lists for every class, as parents from other faith backgrounds (and none) recognise the excellent quality of education on offer. The leadership potential...

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World Mission – Broadcasting hope to Somalia
February 2011
Ethiopia

World Mission – Broadcasting hope to Somalia

Broadcasting hope to Somalia   Somali, like many Ethiopian languages, descends from the ancient Cushite tongue. It is the native tongue in southeastern Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, in large ethnic communities in Kenya and Yemen, and among millions of refugees beyond – about 15 million speakers, in all.      The wonderful message of the loving Saviour who gave all to save hopeless sinners is unknown to most Somalis. MERF’s Somali gospel radio programmes are a lifeline in very troubled times.      These troubles are the result of a long history of conflict. Somali families have suffered for decades from armed tribal conflict, especially since the fall...

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World Mission – Somalia’s agony
February 2011
Somalia

World Mission – Somalia’s agony

Somalia’s agony   The Christian minority suffers grievously in Somalia, and many have been killed for their faith. The country is highly unstable and racked by violence. Lack of an effective government in most of the country has led to famine, war and relentless brutality.      The growing influence of extremely conservative forms of Islam enables Islamist militias to thrive. These groups impose a strict interpretation of Islam on the communities under their control and are seeking to establish an Islamic state under the rule of sharia law.      Somalia is almost 100 per cent Muslim; Christians account for a tiny proportion of the population,...

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World Mission – The Somali people
February 2011
Somalia

World Mission – The Somali people

The Somali people   There are probably between eight and nine million Somalis in Somalia and Somaliland, while many others live in the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.      Somali refugees are found in the Arabian Peninsula, the Gulf, Western Europe, North America and New Zealand. Some Somalis are semi-nomadic pastoralists, who take care of their camels, cattle, goats and sheep. Others are urbanised.      Ever since the beginning of this century, the Somali people have continuously extended their territory. Today, they are settled all around the Horn of Africa.      Somalis are Muslims who, along with their expansion, also spread Islam. About...

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World Mission – My faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah
February 2011
Somalia

World Mission – My faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah

My faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah   I was born to a very religious Somali family, in a small village in western Somalia. I am a Somali. I grew up in Mogadishu where I worked and finished high school. My father was a well-known religious leader and also a well-respected tribal leader. He memorised the entire Qur’an in Arabic, even though he could not speak Arabic very well. The Qur’an is roughly the size of the Christian New Testament.      My father trained Muslim religious teachers for the propagation of Islam. In his pursuit of spreading Islam he enjoyed the moral and material support...

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World Mission – African pastors’ conferences
January 2011
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World Mission – African pastors’ conferences

African pastors’ conferences   North Africa was full of churches in the first centuries after the apostles. Churches, Bible schools, libraries and missionary enterprise flourished across the Mediterranean coast of North Africa.      Before the apostles set foot in Europe, the church in Africa was advancing. It grew for 600 years. Then suddenly in the mid-600s the visible church was almost entirely snuffed out (Ethiopia and what is now northern Sudan escaped this demise).      The forces of Islam extinguished entire swathes of Christian congregations. How could this happen? Why did this happen? Why did professing believers line up to renounce their church memberships and...

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World Mission – The Romas of Bulgaria
January 2011
Bulgaria

World Mission – The Romas of Bulgaria

The Romas of Bulgaria   We have recently heard of the expulsion from France of great numbers of Romanian Romas (Gypsies). This reminded us of the two summers we spent in Bulgaria, in response to the invitation by the pastors of several Bulgarian churches for my husband to preach to the Roma people in the Turkish language.      This ethnic group (called Millet in Turkish) moved into the area of Bulgaria 700 years ago and settled there. During the Ottoman Empire’s rule over Bulgaria they converted to Islam and started to use Turkish as their language of communication.      Hopelessness   Today, the majority live...

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World Mission – A remarkable mission field
January 2011
South Africa

World Mission – A remarkable mission field

A remarkable mission field   More than half the 6.6 billion people on our planet already live in cities, and this proportion is set to increase to 70 per cent of the world population by 2050.      According to United Nations forecasts, the number of megacities – metropolises with a population of more than ten million – will increase from 22 today to 26 by 2015. Already there are more than 300 cities with over a million inhabitants.      Every year, cities for 13 million additional people are built from scratch. If urbanisation continues on the same scale, there will be 6.4 billion city dwellers...

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World MIssion – Spiritual warfare in Africa
November 2010
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World MIssion – Spiritual warfare in Africa

Spiritual warfare in Africa   Scapegoats are always welcome. Some Christians blame evil spirits for many of the problems of life, including their own personal deficiencies and failures. A recent book on the subject refers to a woman who cast out demons from her toaster when it broke down. Is there really a demon behind every bush and under every bed?   Some years ago news reports described a ‘whispering campaign’ against a bishop who was candidate for the primacy of the Church of England. His supporters claimed it may have been inspired by the followers of rival candidates, or by clergy whom he had...

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Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti
September 2010
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti

God’s Word in Haiti   After visiting Haiti in November 2009 and February 2001, I returned in June 2010 to see how best to help gospel preachers and the literature outreach of Europresse (French EP) there after the earthquake. I found Port-au-Prince dramatically changed. Everywhere there were collapsed buildings and rubble, much of which probably still contain dead bodies. There were tents erected in every available space, even down the central reservation of one of the main roads.      Most people are living in tents, still too frightened to live inside the remaining buildings. Only 1 per cent of the promised aid has reached Haiti...

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