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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

Outreach to ‘broken’ Scotland

Another week of gospel outreach brought us into the large and broken housing estate of Lochside, located on the north side of the coast town of Ayr. On noticing that the local council’s motto was ‘sense and worth’, I couldn’t help but reflect on how detached these words were from the scenes we witnessed in this specific area, as we walked the streets and talked to those who lived there. If the motto’s words had been ‘senseless and worthless’, we would have clearly understood why. The people we reached out to with the good news had, in general, no sense about the worth and value...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > Finland

Reformed Baptist church plant in Jyväskylä, Finland

It was November 2016 when I clicked a YouTube video, entitled ‘Paul Washer — shocking message’. I had just left from the youth night at the largest Pentecostal church in Finland where I served. When I got home, I fell on my knees and cried to God to save me and forgive me for all these years I had pretended to be a Christian. At that time, I didn’t know anything about the Bible or Calvinism or Reformed theology. To cut a long story short, I started to listen online to people like John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson and Steve Lawson, and I...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Montenegro

Caring ministry in Montenegro

There is only one special school for the whole of Montenegro, located in the capital, Podgorica. Access to this school’s 110 places is a ‘right’ for all special needs kids. But if you live out of town, don’t have a car, or lack the time to escort your child there and back, the school and its facilities might as well be on the moon. OM (Operation Mobilisation) Montenegro’s autism ministry, based 50km away in Bar, knew several teens who would benefit from attending the school, so the transport challenge was on. Natja Sachse, from the OM team in Bar, has led the autism ministry for...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Portugal

Portugal

Portugal remained untouched by the Reformation. Roman Catholicism was the official State religion until the revolution of 1974. It remains the dominant religion today, with 97% of the population claiming to be Catholics. One of the big attractions in the country is the large basilica and shrine to ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ about fiftty miles north of Lisbon. At certain times of the year people from all over the country, and other parts of the world, go to Fatima for special adoration of the Virgin Mary who, it is claimed, appeared to three young children there in 1917, under the name of ‘Notre Dame du...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France > News > Events > Persecution

Carcassonne terrorist attack: a Christian response

Terrorism has hit again! Since Friday 23rd March, France has been in shock. The attack in Carcassonne and Trèbes left four people dead and many injured physically and psychologically. The French are sad, angry and indignant. As Christians, how should we react? What thoughts should guide us?  Today we want to weep with those who weep (Rom 12.15). We want to pray for those who suffer the loss of a loved one. We want to pray for them to find their consolation in God.  “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all”(Romans 12:17). While...

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January 2018
Articles > World Mission > Ukraine

From devastation to blessing

Ukraine — it’s now a forgotten war. No longer does it feature in Western news bulletins or confront us on the front pages of our newspapers. It hardly rates a mention in tabloids or broadsheets alike. The shock that many felt when Crimea was annexed by Russia, and the subsequent turmoil inflicted upon the eastern parts of Ukraine by the violence of war, has all but faded from our memories. Yet the shelling, shooting and killing continue, bringing pain, hurt and loss to many thousands of citizens on both sides of the war front. SGA’s general director, Derek Maxwell, recently had the opportunity to visit...

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January 2018
Europe > United Kingdom > World Mission

Daylight Prison Trust201

Christians gathered at the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich, on Saturday 4 November 2017, to hear about Daylight Christian Prison Trust’s work in prisons across the UK. The opening address was given by managing chaplain John Little, who spoke on ‘The essential need for prisoners to hear the gospel and the importance of volunteers in that endeavour’. His talk centred on John 3:16, reminding us that ‘salvation is a gift for the guilty, not a reward for the righteous’. Mr Little spoke of our prisons being a great harvest field, and of the need to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send...

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