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QE2 at Valletta, Malta
We recently spent three months in Malta to consolidate the preaching work being done on the island. We decided to set up a free video film loan service, which included delivery and collection, using Bible-based videos. Over the years we had collected many videos produced by Christadelphian and other organisations. In addition, three films in Maltese had been produced by Charles Falzon, a Maltese now living in Australia.
We began the work by billing in Sliema and very soon the telephone was ringing with people wanting to see the videos. The list of contacts grew rapidly and we found ourselves delivering and collecting videos every day except Sunday. Planning the circulation of the films became a major task. It was quite a juggling act to make sure that a fresh one was available when one was returned.
We were invited into a number of homes and were able to have some most interesting conversations about the Bible. Most Maltese can speak English, although we found that it was difficult to hold a detailed conversation in English and misunderstandings sometimes arose.
An elderly man called Emmanuel and his wife became good friends with us. He was always looking up Bible passages and copying them into an exercise book as proofs of Bible teachings. He had purchased a Maltese Bible and was astounded to discover that the tenets of the established Church which had published his Bible contradicted so much of what it taught. Emmanuel was baptised into Christ on 5 February 1999.
Philip and Sheila Sykes
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