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Published on January 7th, 2009 | by tdnimz7S

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An Atheist’s View of Missions

His return to Malawi shook him. In the December 27 edition of The Times, Matthew Parris, a self-proclaimed atheist, returned to Malawi after 45 years. “Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa…”, he admits. He goes on to say,

  • “faith does more than support the missionary; it is transferred to his flock”;
  • “the (African) Christians were always different… their faith seems to have liberated and relaxed them”;
  • “they stood tall”
  • “whenever we entered a territory worked by missionaries, we had to acknowledge that something changed in the faces of the people…”

He discusses the effect of the Christian faith on African work ethic, and anxiety and fear of evil spirits. Marge and I first moved to African 39 years ago. We agree. Faith in Jesus Christ helps Africans — and Canadians!

Ken MacGowan


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