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Importance of a son

Importance of a son

(This blog is an excerpt from Vivienne Stacey’s book ‘Women in Islam’, published in 1995. It is used with permission from Interserve GBI.) Quoting from the unpublished manuscript of a…

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God responds to pain and suffering

God responds to pain and suffering

We had climbed to part of the area that had been devastated by the earthquake. Under a makeshift shelter an old lady sat rocking back and forward. She described the…

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How should I respond (not react)?

How should I respond (not react)?

I was new in this large Middle Eastern city, about to embark on a year of study. I was travelling in the women’s carriage of the tram, at a time…

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Fear of ghosts

Fear of ghosts

Jesus’ power and desire to set people free from fear of ghosts has regularly come to the surface in my years among Muslims in SouthEast Asia. Once I was travelling…

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A line in the sand or a bridge?

A line in the sand or a bridge?

A small group of young Muslims and Christians were sitting together in the studio, discussing on live television the possibilities for their country in a new era that followed political…

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Living faithfully when I don’t know the answer

Living faithfully when I don’t know the answer

I can still remember exactly where I was standing when we received the phone call, on the kitchen side of the arch that separated the kitchen and lounge. It was…

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Women Who Risk

Women Who Risk

Women Who Risk By Tom and JoAnn Doyle, with Greg Webster W Publishing Group (Thomas Nelson) 2021 Reviewed by Moyra Dale   This book tells the stories of eight Middle…

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‘Woman, why are you crying?’

‘Woman, why are you crying?’

I had returned for a visit to the South Asian city where I had previously worked. Dr Zahra had heard I was there, staying at the guest house, and asked…

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Bless you!

Bless you!

Walking along the road in a rural town, I smile at the baby on the lap of the woman who is sitting on the pavement, selling greens from her basket.…

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Lessons in ministry in a Covid world

Lessons in ministry in a Covid world

Since CoVid 19 lockdown, the things I have talked about with my friends have just built on that relationship. When we chat I have vulnerably and honestly shared how I…

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