The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a union of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.  It was the world’s first industrialized economy, but declined after WWII.  It has been a Christian nation for centuries, though this seems to be decreasing and there is a hostility toward overt religiosity in the public and media.  The Church of England (Anglican) is recognized as the established church in England, and the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) is the same for Scotland.  Disestablishment of the Church is being increasingly advocated.  60% are Christian, with the rest mostly non-religious. The UK’s contribution to global Christianity has been significant for centuries, including Wycliffe and Tyndale, and many evangelical writers, theologians and […]
Ukraine has very few natural boundaries, as it is most surrounded by Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Moldova, and Romania, with very little coastline along the Black Sea.  The country has struggled to gain economic independence since communism, and is deeply divided between those wanting to reestablish with Russia and those looking westward for the future.  The Church was severely persecuted under communism, and some prejudice still remains.  At one time, prior to Communism, Ukraine was considered the “Bible Belt” of the Soviet sphere, with a rich Christian heritage.  With faithful perseverance, there is now evidence of a regrowth. Ukraine is a key nation, a bridge between East and West, between Orthodox and Catholic.  Slavic Christianity was born in Kyiv over […]
Turkey is in two continents, with 3% in Europe and 97% in Asia.  Its strategic position of being located on the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea has made it of prime importance throughout history.  The Turkish Ottoman Empire once stretched across North Africa, Western Asia and Southeast Europe, but WW I led to its demise and fragmentation and also the birth of modern Turkey. Turkish society is split – it is secular yet Muslim. For over one thousand years, Turkey was a bastion of Christendom.  Mt. Ararat, the place where Noah’s ark landed, is located in Turkey, but is closed off from most of the world.  Much of the activity of the New Testament apostles was located in Turkey.  […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.