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Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (2/2)

Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (2/2)

[This post is the second of a series by Joshua Melby, a global Christian leader in Chiang Mai, Thailand.] Historical Examples Historically speaking, hymn-singing was emphasized more than prayer in evangelicalism. However, leaders like Jonathan Wesley, teach us that prayer is important. All across the world, Christians incorporate it into their private devotional time. Communal prayer has definitely been a feature of the evangelical movement with regular prayer meetings since the eighteenth century. Scholars like Ian Randall note that prayer…

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Reaching Tibetans (5/5)

Reaching Tibetans (5/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 5: Nepal: Initial Stages, Nepal: Current Day, Conclusion Nepal: Initial Stages The first Christian mission that had contact with Nepal was the Capuchins from 1703-1715. However, political instability during the reunification of the Nepali kingdoms caused the Capuchins to leave. The early Nepali Christians associated with the Capuchins were kicked out of the country as well. Interestingly enough, the first Capuchins in Nepal had their focus on Tibet.[1]…

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Reaching Tibetans (4/5)

Reaching Tibetans (4/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 4: Nepal: Barries and Bridges, Nepal: Pre-Christianity Nepal: Barriers and Bridges Of the around 29 million plus people that live in Nepal most are Hindu. Hinduism has existed in Nepal alongside Buddhism for centuries. Nepal’s religious expression is very syncretistic combining elements of Hinduism and Buddhism together. Nepal being the birthplace of Buddha and also neighbor to India (which has been dominated by Hinduism for well over 3,500…

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Reaching Tibetans (3/5)

Reaching Tibetans (3/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 3: Cultural Revolution, Current Day Tibetan Diaspora Cultural Revolution in China When the Qing dynasty fell in 1912, marking the end to imperial rule in China, a new nationalistic party called the Republic of China gained control. This party ruled until a Chinese civil war broke out in 1927 between the Republic of China and the Communist Party of China. Upon the victory by the Communist Party, in…

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Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 2: Tibet: Initial Stages of Missional Outreach, Tibet: Attempts to reach Lhasa Tibet: Initial Stages of Missional Outreach The earliest Christian presence in Tibet was by a Jesuit missionary named Father Antonio de Andrade. In 1624, Andrade and another missionary named Manuel Marques, set out for Tibet. They finally stumbled upon Tsaparang, the capital city of in the Kingdom of Guge, after an arduous journey.[1] They were the…

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