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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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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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January 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands (also called the Faeroes) is an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, about halfway between Norway and Iceland, 320 kilometres (200 miles) north-northwest of Scotland. The Islands are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Its area is about 1,400 square kilometres (541 square miles) with a population of 50,030 in April 2017.

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July 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Faroe Islands

Jewels of the North Atlantic

Great Britain came very near to owning the Faroe Islands. King Henry VIII was twice offered the 18 small, mountainous islands located between Scotland and Iceland, as security for a loan, but both times he turned them down. By default, the Faroes archipelago became part of Denmark’s crown jewels. As far back as the 6th century, Irish monks were drawn to the isolation of the North Sea islands. Vikings were the first to settle permanently, however, and in 1035 the land became part of Norway, which was united with Denmark for almost 500 years. When the two countries separated in 1814, the Faroes became Danish....

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July 2017
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The quiet revival in the Faroes

The Faroe Islands lie about 180 nautical miles north west of the Shetlands. Recent archaeological digs suggest long-term settlements were established there in the 4th century AD. These were probably from Celtic people — suggested by today’s place names and hand-sized, stone crosses. Around 860AD the Vikings arrived, which brought the Faroes under Norway. In 999AD the Catholic Church from Norway was introduced, but, around 1536, the Faroes along with other Nordic countries became Lutheran. In 1814 the Treaty of Kiel made the Faroes part of Denmark. Changes During the early- to mid-1800s its 1,400-year-old, agriculturally based society was giving way to a culture based...

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May 2017
United Kingdom

Gospel initiative in Wakefield

Grace Church Wakefield (www.gracechurchwakefield.org.uk) is an initiative, sponsored by Dewsbury Evangelical Church (www.dewsbury-church.org.uk), to establish a gospel church in Wakefield. Wakefield is a busy city in West Yorkshire of at least 77,500, though this number probably increases to 110,000 when including near-neighbour areas. Wakefield has long been a gospel black spot, a city notable for its lack of thriving evangelical witness. In 2014, Dewsbury Evangelical Church, six miles from Wakefield, set apart a small team of seven people to pioneer a new gospel ministry there. We trialled Sunday afternoon meetings in a local cafe space and some low-key events to get to know people. Since...

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March 2017
United Kingdom

Gideons at Exeter University

We read in Judges 6-7 that God gave Gideon a vital task to fulfil with only a tiny number of men. So it was that, at the end of October 2016, an even tinier number of Gideons from local branches undertook the task of witnessing to the students of Exeter University and offering them a free copy of the Word of God. The outreach is organised each year with the help of the university chaplaincy and the Evangelical Christian Union. We are able to book a stand in the Forum, a large building at the university which houses a library, shop, restaurants and bar. There...

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