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Village Life

Imagine it’s your third day in an isolated African village. You are expected to treat a sick child in the afternoon and to preach in church in the evening; despite having no medical training and not being able to speak the local language (at least not so as people could understand, anyway).

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Cocoa and Child Labour

For six years we lived and worked in an isolated village in Ivory Coast, we lived alongside the people, learned their language and gained immense respect for their hard work and perseverance in a tough situation. Men and women would spend hours working in the cocoa fields under the hot sun and as often as not, their children would work alongside them. When Kouya children work in the cocoa fields, its not because they are slaves or being controlled by some evil master, it’s because a whole load of factors line up…

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Church People

I heard some amazing stories last week. There was the large South African church which was running social involvement and evangelistic programmes across the country and in other African nations. A small church in Singapore is planting churches and running schools in Cambodia; this may not sound much, but when you learn that the pastor’s wife died for her faith while helping one of these schools it all gets a little more serious. We heard about a West African denomination which is looking to plant churches in every village in their…

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Mission People

  There are some wonderful people involved in mission work. I’ve just returned from the rather grand sounding World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission Conference and over the next few days, I’d like to share some of my thoughts and experiences. My next couple of posts will say something about the content of the conference itself, but my overriding memory of the four days, is not of the work sessions, but of the people I got to share my time with. It was good to bump into a few Wycliffe friends…

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Stories Within Stories

In 1988 we arrived in the village of Déma to start working with the Kouya people. We learned the Kouya language, helped to develop an alphabet and literacy materials and finally, in 2012, the Kouya New Testament was dedicated. Of course, during that time, we have been involved in other activities and our involvement with the Kouya carries on, in a small way, even today. However, broadly speaking, those twenty four years from 1988 to 2012 mark the period of our story with the Kouya. Twenty four years is a long…

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Where Do Missionaries Go?

One suggestion is that there are more missionaries in the one city of Nairobi than in the whole of Francophone Africa.

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From BandAid to RadiAid

Forgive me for posting one more video in this series, but this excellent TED talk gives the background to the RadiAid and Let’s Save Africa videos that I have mentioned recently. If the video isn’t showing, you can view it directly here. The principle of looking at the similarities between peoples rather than concentrating on the differences is one that I highlighted in an article I wrote years ago called the St Mary Mead Model of Intercultural Adaption; you can find it on our articles page.

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Playing with Stereotypes

Following on from last year’s brilliant Radi-aid: Africa for Norway video, comes this superb take on the way in which charity fundraising often relies on demeaning stereotypes (caution, there is a rude word in it).

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A Hidden Disaster

Unobserved by most people in the Western World a dreadful situation is developing in Central African Republic. I know this video is quite long (18 minutes), but please watch it. I have friends from this country and expat colleagues who know this area very well. If you receive Kouyanet by email and the video does’t show up, you can find it here.

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Some of our Ancient Personal History

In the early 1980s, Sue and I felt that God was calling us into mission work in a French speaking country. For us, this naturally meant something, somewhere in Europe; Bible translation in Africa was the last thing on our minds. Over a period of many months we sought advice from the leaders of our church and other people we respected. We wrote to a number of different missionary organisations who worked in Europe and had a couple of interviews; but nothing seemed to work. It was all rather frustrating….

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