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All articles in category World Mission

April 2017
Pakistan

Education crisis for Pakistan’s Christian community

A recent survey, released by UK charity Starfish Asia, highlights the dire state of education for the downtrodden Christian community in Pakistan. Conducted in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the survey covered 604 schools for 85,000 poor children. It revealed that four out of five teachers have no teaching qualification, 10 per cent of schools have no blackboards, and 24 per cent of class-2 children have no textbooks, notebooks or pencils. The survey focuses on low-cost, private schools which educate 5 million of Christian background in Pakistan. UNESCO has already highlighted the extent of the nation’s education crisis, saying that Pakistan has ‘some of the worst education...

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March 2017
Articles > World Mission

Carey Outreach Ministries

‘So, Ray, what does it mean to be born again?’ said the young man as he settled down on our settee in the living room. His question has remained a vivid memory to speaker and hearer alike for over 40 years. That conversation proved to be one of the final stages in Bob’s search for salvation. A few days later he met the Lord in a church prayer meeting. Born again Bob and his girlfriend, Dorothy, had passed our church on a bus a few weeks before. Dorothy liked the look of the building and expressed a desire to get married there. As a result,...

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March 2017
United Kingdom

Gideons at Exeter University

We read in Judges 6-7 that God gave Gideon a vital task to fulfil with only a tiny number of men. So it was that, at the end of October 2016, an even tinier number of Gideons from local branches undertook the task of witnessing to the students of Exeter University and offering them a free copy of the Word of God. The outreach is organised each year with the help of the university chaplaincy and the Evangelical Christian Union. We are able to book a stand in the Forum, a large building at the university which houses a library, shop, restaurants and bar. There...

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March 2017
Israel

Encouragement in Israel

On 20 October 2016, the Grace and Truth Christian Congregation, Rehovot, celebrated its 40th anniversary. It was an historic event, not only for this congregation, but also for the body of Christ in Israel.   Not many congregations in Israel were established before 1976, and this was certainly a sure sign of the faithfulness and goodness of the Lord to our people. By his grace, we were able to celebrate in our new building. Some 250 people gathered, including recent and previous members of the congregation, representatives from other congregations in Israel and guests from overseas. From the beginning, the planning committee had determined that...

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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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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
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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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