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August 2018
Articles > News > Persecution

Growing threat to Christians across Africa

Christians in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali are suffering increased attacks from Fulani Islamists, amidst global concerns over Islamist consolidation in northern Africa. Violence has escalated across those parts of Africa where Christians have contact with Fulani herdsmen. The Fulani are Muslim and, though living alongside Christians for years, hardcore Islamist teachings have led to an escalation in terrorism and deadly attacks by their extremists against Christian-background farming communities. The religious differences have exacerbated long-standing tensions between the nomadic herdsmen and farmers. In June this year, a cycle of attacks and counter-attacks in the middle belt of Nigeria saw 215 lives claimed on both sides,...

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April 2017
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Equipping the church

There have been too many sightings of the African pastor’s ‘12-inch bookshelf’ for it to be dismissed as mythological! But do we prosperous, northern hemisphere Christians treat it as if it is? When you have to prepare a sermon or Bible study on a scriptural passage in, say, Philippians, which commentator do you turn to first on your bookshelf? Is it Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Alec Motyer, Wayne Detzler, William Hendriksen, John Gwyn Thomas or Sinclair Ferguson? Your African counterpart may well not have a single volume to refer to! Christian Resources for Developing Countries is addressing this book poverty of African pastors and believers, by providing...

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July 2016
Articles > World Mission > Africa

French West Africa

Jean-Claude Souillot, managing director of Evangelical Press Missionary Trust (EPMT), describes recent ministry and further plans for extending the gospel into the French-speaking world. At the end of January 2016, I flew to Cotonou, Benin. Philip Hynes, who is the other preacher here in Chalon, France, came with me to take part in the ministry. He had not been to Africa for ten years and was excited at the prospect of meeting up with many brethren there once more. Philip is a fine preacher, who studied at the London Theological Seminary and has the work of the gospel on his heart. The main purpose of...

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August 2015
Ethiopia

A visit to Ethiopia

From 5-13 January 2015, Dr Joel Beeke ministered in Ethiopia. This account is written by his wife, Mary. On Monday 5 January, we woke up at 3.00am for our 5.25 flight to Chicago, but our departure was moved to 7.00am. The pilot finally arrived at 7.30am, so we didn’t leave until 8.15am. Consequently, we missed our connection to Washington DC, went standby on the next flight, but missed our Ethiopia flight. We then re-routed through Frankfurt, Germany, so that we could arrive in Ethiopia on Tuesday evening (15 hours later than expected), rather than Wednesday morning when my husband was scheduled to preach his first...

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October 2014
Articles > World Mission > Africa

‘Great is thy faithfulness!’

24 March 2013 — this will always be one of the most memorable dates of my life, for reasons not usually associated with memorable dates. It was Palm Sunday and I was living in Gamboula, a village on the western side of the Central African Republic (CAR). During the previous three months, the peace and security in CAR had been threatened by Muslim rebels called the Seleka, who wished to overthrow the government and install a Muslim state in a mostly Christian country. The missionaries had a meeting the night before, but nothing was really decided. Some wanted to leave soon, because they had young...

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The ministry of African Bible University

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March 2014
Articles > World Mission > Africa

The ministry of African Bible University

As the old saying goes, ‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating!’ In our case, the proof of the Lord’s graciously using our teaching finds manifestation in the fruitful ministries of our graduates. A sample will give you some idea of this. One graduate serves as language programme coordinator for SIL; another does Bible translation in southern Sudan; several are church planters; many are Bible teachers in primary and secondary schools; others are founders and administrators of schools. One serves as a missionary to pygmies in the forests of Congo; two are husband-and-wife founders of a business that employs over 200 displaced persons;...

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March 2014
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Meet two of the students!

Angeline I was born in Busia, Kenya. I have an older sister and two older brothers. I did all my schooling in Kenya. My father is a civil engineer and my mother a teacher. At school, I passed my exams and gained first prize in music at the National Music Festival. I always knew about God, but did not know him personally. As children, we were taken to Sunday school. We were given Gideon Bibles to read, but I found mine hard to understand and gave up reading it. As I grew up, my mother introduced our family to a form of Bible Study where...

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