Missionary work in Peru receded on account of terrorist attacks by the Maoist group “Shining Path”. Many mission societies recalled their missionaries. However, the NM missionaries made a conscious decision to stay. The local population welcomed this decision.
In Tanzania, Matyazo Hospital expanded so much that 3 families of doctors worked here during this decade for up to 4 years each, alongside numerous unmarried doctors. In the Uha region, the number of missionaries grew steadily to a team of 16. The churches grew strongly in numbers. In the last twenty years, more than 40 large churches have been built, each seating 600 to 1600 people.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the former East Bloc countries opened up for missionary work. Latvia, Ukraine and Slovakia became new mission fields for the NM.
In 1997, the Mission Committee and the Evangelical Church of Uganda – supported by the German Missionary Doctors Team (DMÄT) and “Ready to Aid Mission” – accepted trusteeship of the Rehabilitation Centre for physically handicapped children in Namutamba (Uganda). The first female colleagues travelled out in 1998.
During this decade, the NM was headed by three different directors.
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