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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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January 2018
Articles > World Mission

Grace Baptist Mission thanksgiving services2

‘The cannibals! The cannibals will eat you!’ That was how an elderly brother warned John G. Paton as he was about to set off as a missionary to the South Sea Islands in the nineteenth century. Undeterred, off he went, facing many difficulties and distresses, and laboured there for 40 years. Cannibals are no longer a worry, but dangers still abound: travel on precarious roads and rivers, diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, terrorism, kidnapping, authoritarian regimes opposed to the gospel, and civil wars, are all among the threats mission work faces today. Nonetheless, men and women persist in going forth to tell of...

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November 2017
Articles > World Mission > Asia

Increased persecution in the Maldives

Christians in the Maldives have few rights, but until now at least the courts would protect those rights. Now, however, the government is increasingly controlling the courts and simply ignoring the law, leaving Christians in an even more vulnerable state. The Maldivian government has just suspended one-third of all lawyers in the islands, after they tried to submit a petition to the Supreme Court calling for the rule of law to be respected. The 56 lawyers who signed the petition were suspended from practising by the government. Despite being a popular tourist destination, the Maldives is one of the most difficult places in the world to be...

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November 2017
Articles > Asia > Mongolia

Building for the future in Mongolia

Welcome to Mongolia: a country with as many people as Wales, spread across an area four times the size of Germany and almost seven times the size of the UK! Perhaps you’ve never noticed Mongolia on a map, enveloped by borders with Russia and China, and yet it’s time to start taking note of this often-ignored land. Big changes While notions of Mongolia as a nation defined by its history are common (the Mongol empire being the largest connected land empire in history), change is afoot. Since the fall of communism and the peaceful revolution of 1990, scores of people have migrated to the cities...

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October 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Moldova

‘These wheels are my “legs”!’

These were the words of Ivan, a village pastor and evangelist in north Moldova, as he looked proudly at the little motorcycle, purchased and presented to him by Slavic Gospel Association (UK) as part of its transport project ‘The Gospel on the Move’. What he means is that he can go further (and reach faster!) the many isolated village communities in his region, which are spiritually dark and needy. There are few large cities and towns in north Moldova, and the villages in which the majority of the population live are often difficult to reach. Some roads are little more than dirt tracks. Public transport...

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September 2017
Articles > World Mission

Farsi media ministry

Farsi is the language of Iran, much of Afghanistan and neighbouring communities, totalling about 110 million Farsi-speakers. Except in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, Farsi is written in a modified Arabic script. Although many words have been borrowed from Arab neighbours, Farsi’s roots go back to the Indo-European language family, just like English. Sunni-Shia conflict Most Farsi-speaking peoples belong to the Shiite branch of Islam. They separated from Sunni Muslims many centuries ago, after defeat in a bloody battle over the line of succession to the prophet Mohammed. Devoted Shiites commemorate this horrible event annually. Farsi-speaking Iran is the leading Shiite Muslim nation, with...

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September 2017
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Eritrea

Eritrean crackdown

Christians in Eritrea are experiencing an increased state crackdown, with fears that even children face a future behind bars, Release International has warned. Launching a campaign to pressurise the Eritrean government to release Christian prisoners, Release International has revealed that at least 200 Christians have been arrested in house-to-house raids, in a tough new crackdown, which is tearing children from their parents. According to Release, young children and a baby are among those arrested and it is feared they could spend their childhood in a prison cell. Security forces in Eritrea have rounded up 177 adults, along with some 20 small children. The arrests are...

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