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October 2012
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Going to Mecca

Going to Mecca One fifth of humankind shares a single aspiration to complete, at least once in a lifetime, a spiritual journey called the Hajj (pilgrimage). Countless millions of Muslims, men and women from the four corners of the earth, have made the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam. In carrying out this journey they fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam.    Muhammad said, ‘He who performs the Hajj with no obscenity or evil practices will come out as a newly born baby free from all sins’. For the Muslims, the pilgrimage is therefore much more than something to be done; it is...

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The gospel on the island of Cyprus
October 2012
Cyprus

The gospel on the island of Cyprus

The gospel on the island of Cyprus Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, lies not far from the coasts of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Driving across this semi-arid country, one can still come across the idyllic scene of a shepherd leading a mixed flock of longhaired sheep, barely distinguishable from the longhaired goats mingled among them.    Acts 13 records that the first ever missionary outreach was prayerfully sent from the young church in Antioch to the island of Cyprus. In obedience to God’s command to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, the apostle Paul and his Cypriot-background teammate, Barnabas,...

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All things working together for good!
October 2012
Articles > World Mission

All things working together for good!

All things working together for good! Romans 8:28 says, ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.’ Statistics show that, over the past 30-40 years, more Muslims have converted to Christianity than during the entire 14 centuries since Islam’s advance from western Arabia!     There is an important and decisive reason behind the growing numbers of Muslim converts — many more Muslims are exposed to the gospel and other ideas than ever before. Winds of change    Radio has been the initial factor behind this phenomenal numerical growth of...

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WORLD MISSION – Ministering to the church in China
September 2012
China

WORLD MISSION – Ministering to the church in China

WORLD MISSION Ministering to the church in China God has blessed his people in the UK with a great heritage. For centuries the gospel has been preached here. We have a wealth of Christian literature, many excellent Bible teachers, conventions and Bible colleges. In many other areas of the world the church is much younger. God’s people do not have access to books and other resources. Opportunities for learning the Word of God more deeply are rare and understanding of the truth is shallow.     In many places, believers and church leaders are well aware of what they lack in this respect. They are pleading...

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World Mission – Changing contours in China
September 2012
China

World Mission – Changing contours in China

World Mission Changing contours in China The church in China is beginning to cast off its chains and is emerging as a powerful force for change. Is this phenomenon likely to transform the communist culture of a repressive regime and create a more open and tolerant society? Article 13 of the Constitution of the Republic of China provides that the people shall have freedom of religious belief, yet the government restricts religious practice to government-sanctioned organisations and registered places of worship. It also controls the growth and scope of activity of religious groups.    Despite formal recognition of religious liberty, religious freedom is accorded little respect...

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August 2012
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The Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) made exciting progress during 2014

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic When John Blanchard preached in the Czech Republic recently, exactly 30 years had passed since he last did so. He first visited the country (then part of Czechoslovakia) in 1968, when he preached at the 70th anniversary services of Brno Baptist Church.    He recalls a packed church for a 9.00am prayer meeting, and a main service that lasted four hours and included five sermons, of which he preached two!    His recent visit was to speak at a Shepherds’ Conference, held in Sbor Bratrské Jednoty Baptistu in Kromeriz, a town about 40 miles east of Brno. This small church (known...

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Tough assignment in Niger

Tough assignment in Niger Alf Stephenson is the Gideons Regional Field Officer for West Africa. No stranger to East Africa, he had some surprises in store when he visited the west of the continent last November — not least a serious car crash. Having had the privilege of serving the Lord in 10 East African countries over the last four years, I imagined that I had experienced most circumstances during my past assignments. My first visit to West Africa proved that this was not the case. I found my assignment to Niger to be the most challenging yet.    In most African countries it is normal...

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Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet
August 2012
Nigeria

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet Communal violence is not new to Nigeria. In spite of this, the church has continued to grow — to 51.3 per cent of the population, according to Operation World. But, for several years now, Nigeria has been facing a new and growing threat from an extreme Muslim group known as Boko Haram. This group has a strong political agenda, feeding off discontent towards the federal government.     This discontent is felt all the more in northern Nigeria because the Federal Government of Nigeria is now headed by a southern Christian, President Goodluck Jonathan.    Boko Haram The name ‘Boko...

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‘Waft it on the rolling tide – Jesus saves’
August 2012
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‘Waft it on the rolling tide – Jesus saves’

‘Waft it on the rolling tide — Jesus saves’ ‘Attempt something so big, that, unless God intervenes, it is bound to fail’. This was the challenge I faced 16 years ago. I had reached my 63rd birthday and was told I had to retire from the missionary society I was serving. Asking who would be replacing me, I was informed that there were no plans to fill the vacancy.     Now we were confronted with a major decision, as we lived in a mission house. This, I was told, was to be sold. ‘Well,’ I said, ‘we have trusted God all these years and now once...

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India’s oppressed Dalits find hope
July 2012
India

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope ‘Shining and incredible’ are the adjectives India’s authorities use to describe their nation’s newfound economic confidence. Whilst the country’s Gross Domestic Product is growing fast, the welfare of a nation’s citizens cannot be summarised by economic statistics. India’s 250 million Dalits still live in poverty and suffer from every conceivable form of discrimination.     Labelled ‘untouchable’ at birth, these people cannot eat with or even drink the same water as those whom the majority Hindu religion identifies as belonging to higher castes, such as Brahmin and Vaishyas.     Furthermore, for three millennia Dalits have been relegated to the lowest jobs...

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Moroccan church on the rebound
July 2012
Morocco

Moroccan church on the rebound

Moroccan church on the rebound Since the expulsions of a large number of expatriate mission workers in 2010 and subsequent harassment of local believers, Moroccan churches have been temporarily weakened.     Some cities were hit harder than others by the government’s action, with many local believers coming under increased scrutiny. Some underwent daily questioning and persecution for a while.     As a result, many local house churches stopped or curtailed their meetings. Some of these fellowships have now resumed meeting; others have not restarted. Local church leaders are working to re-gather the church and bring together many who have stopped coming.    Over the last few...

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July 2012
Czech Republic

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic When John Blanchard preached in the Czech Republic recently, exactly 30 years had passed since he last did so. He first visited the country (then part of Czechoslovakia) in 1968, when he preached at the 70th anniversary services of Brno Baptist Church.    He recalls a packed church for a 9.00am prayer meeting, and a main service that lasted four hours and included five sermons, of which he preached two!    His recent visit was to speak at a Shepherds’ Conference, held in Sbor Bratrské Jednoty Baptistu in Kromeriz, a town about 40 miles east of Brno. This small church (known...

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