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All articles in category World Mission

September 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Albania

Albania: a land of contrasts

Albania, land of the eagles, is a place of great contrasts. It is full of possibilities for the gospel and yet it faces deep challenges also. The apostle Paul was the first to preach the gospel to the Albanians according to Romans 15:19. Yet from apostolic times all the way to the 1800s, when the British and Foreign Bible Society sought to penetrate the Albanian people with the Word of God, there is little or no record of any evangelical life. A brief time of revival, limited to the area around the town of Korçë, before the Second World War, was quashed by the communists...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

Outreach to ‘broken’ Scotland

Another week of gospel outreach brought us into the large and broken housing estate of Lochside, located on the north side of the coast town of Ayr. On noticing that the local council’s motto was ‘sense and worth’, I couldn’t help but reflect on how detached these words were from the scenes we witnessed in this specific area, as we walked the streets and talked to those who lived there. If the motto’s words had been ‘senseless and worthless’, we would have clearly understood why. The people we reached out to with the good news had, in general, no sense about the worth and value...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > Finland

Reformed Baptist church plant in Jyväskylä, Finland

It was November 2016 when I clicked a YouTube video, entitled ‘Paul Washer — shocking message’. I had just left from the youth night at the largest Pentecostal church in Finland where I served. When I got home, I fell on my knees and cried to God to save me and forgive me for all these years I had pretended to be a Christian. At that time, I didn’t know anything about the Bible or Calvinism or Reformed theology. To cut a long story short, I started to listen online to people like John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson and Steve Lawson, and I...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Montenegro

Caring ministry in Montenegro

There is only one special school for the whole of Montenegro, located in the capital, Podgorica. Access to this school’s 110 places is a ‘right’ for all special needs kids. But if you live out of town, don’t have a car, or lack the time to escort your child there and back, the school and its facilities might as well be on the moon. OM (Operation Mobilisation) Montenegro’s autism ministry, based 50km away in Bar, knew several teens who would benefit from attending the school, so the transport challenge was on. Natja Sachse, from the OM team in Bar, has led the autism ministry for...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission

The life and legacy of William Cameron Townsend

‘The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner’ (William Cameron Townsend). Since the days of the early church, scholars and pastors have sought to provide updated translations of the Holy Scriptures for the common man. What began as the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament epistles slowly became one book, encompassing the inspired and inerrant Word of God. In its early days the Bible remained in Greek, until Jerome translated it into Latin for the Western church. ‘Ignorance of the Scriptures’, he said, ‘is ignorance of Christ’. A few centuries later...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Portugal

Portugal

Portugal remained untouched by the Reformation. Roman Catholicism was the official State religion until the revolution of 1974. It remains the dominant religion today, with 97% of the population claiming to be Catholics. One of the big attractions in the country is the large basilica and shrine to ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ about fiftty miles north of Lisbon. At certain times of the year people from all over the country, and other parts of the world, go to Fatima for special adoration of the Virgin Mary who, it is claimed, appeared to three young children there in 1917, under the name of ‘Notre Dame du...

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July 2018
Articles > World Mission

Creation in the UK and Europe

Professor Andy McIntosh reports on creation ministry in the UK and Europe from April to May 2018. He also shares an encouraging email from Indonesia. Italy (30 March–1 April) It was a privilege to serve in Southern Italy again, with the Association of Biblical Creation, and good friends Antonio and Antonietta Cicerale, along with many kind people who cared for Professor Stuart Burgess and I as we shared this ministry. Antonio has since ministered in the Rome area and it is his intention to reach other major population centres, such as Milan, with the Creation/gospel message. Prayers for this important Italian work are much appreciated....

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July 2018
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Afghanistan

Broadcasting the gospel to Afghans

During the first few decades of OM, special prayer was promoted for nine countries with no known believers. Today, there is no country without followers of Jesus, although there hasn’t been a viable church in Afghanistan for centuries. Gordon Magney was obsessed with changing that, first going to Afghanistan in the 1960s. When Mel Warden* — who joined the work among Afghan refugees in Pakistan in 1981 — was returning to Canada to study in 1989, Gordon asked him to re-launch radio programmes for Afghan audiences after a month of training. Mel and his wife met with a number of Afghans in Toronto who had...

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