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Read the latest edition of the ACBM eNews to find out how our brothers and sisters in Fiji are supporting each other through Covid ... See MoreSee Less

Read the latest edition of the ACBM eNews to find out how our brothers and sisters in Fiji are supporting each other through Covid

PHILIPPINES COVID AWARENESS PROGRAM - The Philippine Ecclesias recently held a Covid awareness session on Zoom. The program was led by Bro. Julius Bumadilla who has been involved as a medical professional in vaccination drives and treating Covid patients in the Philippines. Others brothers and sisters also spoke about their experiences in the areas where they lived. Some of the topics covered included how Covid spreads, vaccinations and how to use our time profitably in lockdown. Many family members and friends of the brothers and sisters also joined and this provided an opportunity to share our hope with others. ... See MoreSee Less

The Philippines is one of many countries currently experiencing a surge in cases related to the Delta Variant. It has now spread into all of the provincial areas where most of our brothers and sisters are. Many hospitals are so full they are not even taking patients. A number of brothers and sisters have been sick and recovered and others are still sick, please remember them in your prayers. Until recently some ecclesias had been able to meet in accordance with local restrictions but this is no longer possible and all activities are now taking place online. ... See MoreSee Less

The Philippines is one of many countries currently experiencing a surge in cases related  to the Delta Variant. It has now spread into all of the provincial areas where most of our brothers and sisters are. Many hospitals are so full they are not even taking patients. A number of brothers and sisters have been sick and recovered and others are still sick, please remember them in your prayers. Until recently some ecclesias had been able to meet in accordance with local restrictions but this is no longer possible and all activities are now taking place online.

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As you may be aware, Indonesia has recently been significantly hit with a new wave of COVID cases. Our brothers and sisters in Solo and Jakarta have been impacted, with a number contracting COVID and many more out of work due to lockdowns. We are glad that some are recovering well, but very concerned for others. In the circumstances, we're glad that in June, Solo members were able to go to the mountains near Solo for a short Bible camp which allowed them an opportunity to fellowship and strengthen their faith and even included a baptism. But times are tough and with many affected by the current COVID outbreak, please keep our brothers and sisters in your thoughts and prayers at this time of great difficulty. ... See MoreSee Less

As you may be aware, Indonesia has recently been significantly hit with a new wave of COVID cases. Our brothers and sisters in Solo and Jakarta have been impacted, with a number contracting COVID and many more out of work due to lockdowns. We are glad that some are recovering well, but very concerned for others. In the circumstances, were glad that in June, Solo members were able to go to the mountains near Solo for a short Bible camp which allowed them an opportunity to fellowship and strengthen their faith and even included a baptism.  But times are tough and with many affected by the current COVID outbreak, please keep our brothers and sisters in your thoughts and prayers at this time of great difficulty.Image attachment

The Isabela Ecclesia in the Philippines have been busy working on their hall over recent weeks. Due to low numbers of Covid cases in that part of the country they are still able to meet in the hall and preach in the local area. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fiji update October ’21

The role of the ACBM is to support the spiritual and physical welfare of our brethren, sisters and youth through COVID-19 and beyond. Until recently the ecclesia in Fiji have been doing an amazing job of maintaining its members welfare, however they have all but exhausted their ability to do so going forward. The ACBM, in consultation with local serving brethren, has sent monetary welfare to be distributed as the ecclesia sees the need to their members.
The island nation had the COVID situation well under control using strict international travel bans and isolated lockdowns until February/March. The delta strain then hit hard and Fiji went into severe national lockdown that had a sustained severe impact on brethren and sisters that have a subsistence cultural approach to life. Many brethren and sisters lost incomes , transport was not available, getting to medical facilities became difficult , the price of food increased, the availability of food decreased and the anxiety of lockdowns on a close knit, family orientated was acutely felt by many.

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eNews September ’21 – India

India is a vast country with a population of nearly 1.4 billion. There are also many local and tribal languages. This, of course, makes for challenges in preaching the Gospel. However the number and location of Christadelphians in India has increased. There are now 2,250 brothers and sisters in nearly 100 ecclesias in India. Of these ecclesias, only three use English for their meetings so it is now very much a local language country, just like the many ecclesias in Africa.

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Indonesia Update Aug 2021

As you may be aware, Indonesia has recently been significantly hit with a new wave of COVID cases. Our brothers and sisters in Solo and Jakarta have been impacted, with a number contracting COVID and many more out of work due to lockdowns. We are glad that some are recovering well, but very concerned for…

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Sunday School restarts in Bayambang Philippines

The Bayambang Ecclesia in the Philippines has recently been able to restart several of their Sunday Schools due to changes in Covid-19 restrictions in their area. This picture is if students in the Bani Sunday School. Other parts of the Philippines are experiencing much higher numbers of cases and ecclesial activities can only happen online. Please remember our brothers and sisters in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world in your prayers.

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ADVERTISING IN PALAU

Palau is a small isolated island nation in the Pacific, with a population of only 18,000. There is currently a brother and sister living in Palau and we have had some response to online advertising in the area. We are now running this add in the Island Times. We pray for our father’s blessing on our efforts to share the gospel in Palau and throughout the world.

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Baptisms at Virtual Fraternal

We were pleased to hear of the baptism of six brothers and sisters during the recent “virtual fraternal” in the Philippines. Sister Mercedes Maneclang (younger sister of sis. Florencia Bumadilla), sis. Abegail Kim Brozas (daughter of bro. Ernesto and sis. Charito, product of SS), bro. Ernesto Dela Cruz (younger brother of sis. Florencia Bumadilla), sis. Aubrey Mallari (youngest daughter of bro Andy and product of SS), sis. Maritess Baloto (mother of sis Jessica), John Mino Daracan (son of bro: Don and sis. Corazon, from SS of Tarlac Ecclesia)

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Bro. Kenneth and Sis. Rovi’s Baptism

Bro. Kenneth and Sis. Rovi had been in search of the truth for years and have found a way to it through Christadelphian preaching and learning web sites. Afterwards, through the ACBM, they were connected to the Laguna Ecclesia where they regularly attended meetings and continued their studies. A year after they first attended a Christadelphian meeting, they confessed their faith and got baptised in the Christadelphian Faith.

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VIRTUAL STUDY WEEKEND IN THE PHILIPPINES

Over the last two days the Philippine ecclesias have been meeting for a virtual study weekend around the theme of Acts. Most of the brothers and sisters have been able to meet at their halls and connect with other ecclesias via Zoom, like this group here at Santa Barbara. The weekend included 6 baptisms at Bugallon ecclesia and a song praise night with each ecclesia singing an item.

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Philippines Typhoon Ulysses

TYPHOON ULYSSES, PHILIPPINES – The typhoon season in South East Asia this year had been relatively quiet until about 2 weeks ago. Since then four typhoons have hit the Philippines. The most recent was typhoon Ulysses which has caused widespread flooding throughout the northern island of Luzon, with some areas seeing the highest floods for…

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Philippines Typhoon Rolly

Over the last two days the Philippines has been impacted by Typhoon Rolly, this is the second typhoon to hit the country in a week, with another possibly following in a few days time.Typhoon Rolly made landfall in the southern Bicol region, as a category 5 system, the strongest typhoon of the year and caused extensive damage.

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Bangladesh Sept ’20 Update

– Currently there are 63 brethren and sisters in Bangladesh.
– There are 3 meetings, Notun Bazar, Savar and Mymensingh. Notun Bazar is in Dhaka, Savar is a town about an hour north west of Dhaka and Mymensingh is a rural village about 4 hours north. (These times are all very variable depending on the road conditions.)
– In the past year there have been 10 baptisms.

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Malaysia Update 2020

We currently have 36 brothers and sisters throughout Malaysia. Most of these members have come as a direct result of the preaching effort of Brother Kahfook and Sister Tina Tham and their family, over a period of 20 years. With the COVID-19 restrictions we are currently continuing with our preaching effort, using a Bible seminar…

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Tonga Update Early 2020

Tonga In January this year the Mudge family from New Zealand spent time with our brethren in the Kingdom of Tonga. This was their first time in the mission fields. On arrival they were greeted by brother Dickie, himself young in Christ, who has been performing most of the teaching and nurturing work on his…

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Timor Update Jun’20

There have only been 24 cases of Covid19 and there have been no new cases for sometime.

Lockdown restrictions have eased somewhat but it is still difficult for the brothers and sisters to meet together.

One group is staying at a private property outside Dili and have been growing fruit and vegetables to support themselves while work is hard to find. This has provided many opportunities for fellowship and Bible study

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Philippines Update Jun’20

The brothers and sisters in the Mayantok Ecclesia in the central Philippines mostly work as construction labourers in other parts of the country.

Sadly many of them are unable to work at the present time and one brother had to walk over 100km to get home.

They have been using their time at home to spend time reading and sharing with others in the village.

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Pakistan – Punjab Region Jun’20

Government COVID19 lockdowns has meant no work or food for millions of day labourers, and small businesses.
While Moslems have rallied and are supporting their own, there is little help for Christians. Already food parcels have been made up and distributed to Christadelphians, their extended families and interested friends in seven centres.
No preaching weekends are possible … just family meetings. There is a focus on daily Bible readings and generally catching up is by phone or WhatsApp communication. Regular Bible classes from Australia continue.

Despite this: on 4th May in the city of Hasilpur seven people were baptised.

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Thailand May’20

Our brothers and sisters in Thailand and Myanmar have certainly been impacted, enduring the same fears and uncertainty and the same drastic, government antiviral measures as many others on this febrile planet of ours.

In Chiang Mai, the Bible Education Centre was vacated in the middle of March as fieldworkers made a premature return to Australia.

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Philippines May’20 Update: Covid19 in Philippines

COVID19 has raised challenges for our Brethren and Sisters.

  • Tighter restrictions are in place than in Aus/NZ making it hard for Ecclesia to gain encouragement by meeting.
  • Many either lack the technology or good internet connection which has allowed Aus/NZ Ecclesias to continue to communicate under restrictions
  • Many members haven’t been able to work and therefore had no pay to support their families.
  • Sunday School prizegivings would normally held around this time, and cannot be run.
  • End of years Family Fraternals (Bible Schools), which is held in Dec. and alternated with the youth conference will be challenging.
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Cyclone Harold – April 2020

On the 6th of April Cyclone Harold stuck the largest Island of Vanuatu, Santo. It hit the town of Luganville Monday morning as a Category 5 cyclone. Extensive damage has been caused to the homes of the Bro and Sis who live on the Island of Santo and Malekula. Gardens have been damaged, Electricity and Running water are also no longer available and debris has been blown all over the town. Obtaining clean water and food is the priority at this time. No lives of the Bro and Sis have been lost and we can thank our God for watching over them.

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2019 Update from Japan

A highlight of this last year was the first study weekend in the Japanese language, held in Nagoya in November 2018. Studies were led by Brethren Peter Evans (Tokyo), Jonathan Prins (Fukuoka) and Andrew Culver (Simi Hills). The studies were well supported by international brothers and sisters and those locally from Sapporo in the east…

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2019 Update for Papua New Guinea & Bougainville

PNG is called ‘the land of the unexpected’. Irregular transport, an ineffective communication system, local political pressures and issues of personal safety, have made visits to Bougainville impossible over the last 12 months. The brethren have asked that the ACBM keep out of Bougainville until after the forthcoming referendum for national independence in October 2019.…

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Annual Report 2018

Download Annual Report for 2018 Download Summary of Income & Expenditure, ACBM Balance Sheet and the General Purpose Financial Statements, Auditors Report $1,014,147  was received in donations (9.9% more than the previous year), with expenditures of $1,169,783. The Asia-Pacific Christadelphian Bible Mission is pleased to commend to you the 2017-2018 Annual Report containing:

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ACBM Bulletin – Hall Building Fundraising Appeal for Chabahil Ecclesia, Nepal

Chabahil, Nepal – An ecclesia seeking help from the worldwide brotherhood The Truth in Nepal continues to grow at an exceptionally strong rate and the Chabahil Ecclesia, current numbering 90 with 22 Sunday School children has well out grown its current L shaped hall where brethren are sittng at the edge of the platform and…

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2017 Annual Update for Karnataka & Tamil Nadu

There are many ecclesias across Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with up to four generations of founders asleep awaiting Jesus and the next generation actively working in the Lord. The ecclesias vary in size. The main ecclesias are in Bangalore, Maddhur and Mandya (a combined ecclesia) with smaller gatherings in Bhadravati and Vellore and a growing…

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Sri Lanka Refugee Update

Comparing previous year’s “hide & seek” problem with Sri Lankan Immigration Police which resulted in the deportation of many Pakistanis, 2015-16 has been a very peaceful year in terms of immigration problems for refugees in Sri Lanka. This worldly peace has provided an opportunity for our refugee brethren to preach the good news of our…

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Bible Schools in India

Seven Bible Schools are held each year, one being in Kerala – through to Mussoorie in the far north, 1800 metres up in the foothills of the Himalayas. The main Schools with several hundred attending each are near Hyderabad and Bangalore with a third in coastal Andhra Pradesh where there are some 20 ecclesias. Bangalore Bible School…

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Jayanthi Rehabilitation Centre

The Jayanthi Rehabilitation Centre home is independent of the ACBM. Link to Website About Jayanthi Rehabilitation Center is a very small village for the housing, care and rehabilitation of lepers. A site of more than 5 acres of land was purchased in Sept 1996, and building began shortly after that. The location is about 43…

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Tamil Literature List

BIBLE : Old Version UBS BIBLE : Common Language NT BIBLE : Old and New Testaments (Pdf) BIBLE : Tamil Bible OV (text, Tamil font required) AUDIO : NT (16 cassettes) ASI 0101625NT1000 also Psalms (7 cassettes) ASI 0101625PS1000 Introducing the Bible (mp3) The Truth willset you free (mp3) Life, Death and Resurrection (mp3) The…

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Bartimaeus finds a place of its own

The Bartimaeus Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (BRCVI), or Barty as it is affectionately known, is a Christadelphianfunded project which provides training and accommodation facilities for blind and partially-sighted young men and women. Students here gain the opportunity to spend a year developing the necessary skills to function confidently and independently in society. They…

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On top of the world

In mid-October, a party of eight South Australians arrived in Nepal for the third Nepal Bible Week from 21 to 25 October. Idols, idols and more idols… The city of Kathmandu is a sprawling kaleidoscope of colour, activity and noise, with people everywhere as they go about their daily business: rickshaws, taxis, motor-bikes and bicycle…

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SUN Nutrition Programme

The SUN Nutrition Programme is not an ACBM project, but works in close cooperation. Website of the SUN Nutrition Programme About When Tim  Galbraith first visited India in 1976 he discussed child nutrition problems with a retired medical superintendent of Vellore Medical College Hospital. The doctor, who had befriended him, commented on the vast waste of…

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C3 Conference Centre

Accommodation available for ACBM fieldworkers and visitors The C3 Conference Center was constructed about five years ago to provide a venue for the Hyderabad memorial meeting, bible camps and a school for the children of Christadelphians and those living at the Shunem Home. Opportunities exist for volunteers to stay in the C3 Center and teach…

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Fund Raising for the 2015

Magnanimous Response to ACBM Fund Raising During the year the ACBM has gone out to the brotherhood seeking funds in support of several disasters and emergencies to which the brotherhood has responded most generously. Cyclone Pam which hit Vanuatu and Reef Islands (Solomon Islands) on 13th March with winds gusts exceeding 300kmh, caused wide spread…

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Our Refugee Brethren

In our report last year we were in the midst of a flow of refugees into Sri Lanka from Pakistan and Iran and we were expecting this might be ongoing. However the Sri Lankan Government has closed access and has been sending asylum seekers back. As you will have noted from our reports in the…

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Bible week song

At the 2014 Bangladesh Bible week, the young people got together late one night and composed their own song on Philippians.   For some “home video” recording, click this link:   https://www.dropbox.com/s/19zgpnhtyevnklj/MVI_9786.AVI  

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Cambodia Bible Education Centre

Cambodia BEC is a local Cambodian preaching coordination organisation set up to coordinate and facilitate Christadelphian preaching activities. When we started the initial preaching effort in 2003, we could not get registration locally, neither could we garner enough funding. Due to funding issues an independent BEC was set up that sought funding from various supportive…

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The Christadelphian Shunem Home for Children and the Elderly

The Shunem home is independent of the ACBM. The committee for the Shunem Home is based in the United Kingdom. Shunem Home website  About The Christadelphian Shunem home is situated to the south west of Hyderabad, India and was established in 1999 by Tim and Sarah Galbraith as a home for the children of street…

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ACBM 2013 Refugee Appeal

We have launched a further appeal to assist our brethren and sisters who have suffered severe persecution in their own country because they have stood firm for the Truth. Some of these brethren and sisters have been able to flee their homeland and are now in another country seeking recognition as refugees by the UNHCR.…

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Reports from South Korea

The following reports where printed in The Christadelphian: 1981 April We extract from a letter from Bro. Laurence Cresswell, and from a report he submitted to the Australasian C.B.M. in April, the following summary of recent developments, “Our correspondence circle now embraces 388 Esperantists in 51 countries. The larger numbers are in Poland and Hungary…

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“For the glory of the LORD filled the house of God”

Why did Israel build such an elaborate temple? There is no doubt that heaven, not the temple, was the dwelling place of God himself. It is a point that Solomon makes repeatedly: “Hear from heaven your dwelling place.” Solomon himself states that “heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain (the LORD), how much less this house that I have built” ( 2 Chronicles 6:18)…

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Money Problems

The first recorded disagreement within the Christian church is about money: “A man named Ananias … sold a piece of property, and … kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it” (Acts 5:1). The second recorded disagreement within the Christian church is also about money: “A complaint by…

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Visit to Vanuatu

History of the Truth in Vanuatu The ecclesia commenced in the city of Vila on the island of Efate in 1999 with the baptism of Brother Kaltos Manses. Our gospel proclamation has continued to have results with ecclesias now established in five of the islands. We were in Vanuatu for five weeks during June and…

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ACBM March Bulletin, 2012

South Korea In 1983 a Korean trader came to Australia with his “interpreter” Hyun Roe. While in Sydney, Hyun saw an advert for a prophetic lecture on the Return of Christ. After the lecture Hyun was moved to ask, “How did you learn those words?” Hyun had been reading his Bible for years & had problems reconciling what the Bible…

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Nepal, July Update

Nepal is often referred to as the melting pot of Asia, wedged between India and China with its influences from Hinduism and Buddhism, Nepal is a vibrant and colourful place. Its capital Kathmandu rests in a valley and the city is a blend of old and new. The old with ancient buildings and narrow laneways…

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Telugu Literature List

70m speakers in Andhra Pradesh, SE India.Telugu script is similar to Tamil. Bibles BIBLE : Telugu Standard Version (UBS Bangalore Hyderabad) some very old fashioned language BIBLE : Telugu New Version (IBS Madras) not much used AUDIO : Telugu Standard Version. New Testament 0083635NT1000 (UBS Bangalor) AUDIO : Telugu Genesis Ecclesiastes (Hyderabad Christadelphians) digitapes< Course…

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Baptisms in Dhaka

The abiding power of the Gospel call has again been evident in Bangladesh. P. and B., after much reading of scripture, discussion and meditation, were baptized in Dhaka on Sep. 22. In the very difficult economic and social circumstances of this country, their decision to enter into the household of faith has special meaning in terms of commitment and resolve. They…

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The History of Bible Schools in India

When Bible Schools or Weeks first began in India 25 years ago it was easy to house everyone under the same roof. The first two, in 1983 and 84 were actually held in the newly built first stage of the Moinabad Home and were under the auspices of the Hyderabad ecclesia. But they began to outgrow this facility and when…

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Pakistan Earthquake

The massive earthquake which rocked northern India and Pakistan on Oct. 8 killed many thousands of people. Our brethren in north India in the province of Uttar Pradesh strongly felt the shaking, but there was no damage done to their property, nor any significant damage in their area. We are not aware that any brethren and sisters suffered injury or…

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A P2P Case Study – Cook Islands

January 2003 The Cook Islands are fifteen individual islands in Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean. The total land mass of all islands is only approximately 250 square kilometres, yet the territory of the Cook Islands covers an area approximately the size of India. The people are Maori and the majority are members of the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC), although most major…

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Preaching to Immigrant Communities

Recently it has been our privilege to visit Australia and New Zealand in the service of the CBM and to share with our brethren and sisters the news of wonderful growth which is taking place in East Africa and Malawi in particular. It was also instructive to see other ways of witnessing which are developing in Australia and New Zealand. Especially…

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How the Truth came to India

The Gospel Publicity League In 1939 a zealous young brother in Sydney, Australia, together with a New Zealand convert, initiated a venture which was to assist preaching in many parts of the world, including India. Charles French and his convert Alan Gunn started the Gospel Publicity League and began publishing Present Day Events and their…

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Brethren Pray for Us

PAUL had a wonderful sense of caring for the ecclesias. He visited them, he wrote to them, he sent messages to them by the hands of faithful disciples and, constantly, he prayed for them. He prayed for those whose faces he knew well and whose love he treasured. He prayed for those whom he had…

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