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All articles in category World Mission

May 2017
Romania

Emanuel Hospice, Romania

Cancer — the dreaded c-word — is dreadfully common. In 2014 there were 356,860 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the UK, the equivalent of a new diagnosis every two minutes. Experts state that 50 per cent of people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. In 2014, there were 163,444 cancer-related deaths, the equivalent of 450 every day. Ministry Now let’s imagine an award-winning team of health care professionals. This team is specifically committed to final-days palliative care. Let’s say that all staff are evangelical, Bible-believing Christians. And they visit not only to bring...

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May 2017
Israel

Reaching out to Holocaust survivors

Grace and Truth Congregation at Rishon- Le-Tzion, Israel, hosted a concert featuring Finland’s Nina Åström on 7 March 2017, in which she performed gospel songs and shared her Christian faith with attendees. In a Grace and Truth newsletter, the organisation expressed gratitude to Nina, who was called to minister to prisoners in Russia, the Ukraine, Holland and other Baltic and Balkan countries a few years after performing in the Eurovision Song contest. Eddie, a Grace and Truth evangelist, organised buses for 160 people from different veterans’ clubs to attend, and the church hall was packed with more than 200 people. The newsletter said, ‘It was...

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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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April 2017
Articles > World Mission

Beauty for ashes

No doubt you saw pictures on the news when it happened: Yezidi and Christian refugees fleeing from the savage onslaught of ISIS; concrete shells hastily tarped up as makeshift accommodation; huge refugee camps set up to care for those who have sought refuge in the much more welcoming, self-autonomous Kurdistan region. But there is another tragedy which goes largely unreported: the economic catastrophe that is still unfolding in Kurdistan (located in the north of Iraq). Teachers and other public sector employees are six months behind on wages, and some have had their salaries slashed by up to 75 per cent. Shops are closing left, right...

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April 2017
Articles > World Mission

The gospel challenges the Islamic worldview

Islam is not a unified or homogeneous religious system. Rather it is a varied and colourful array of sometimes contradictory ideas. Some Muslims say that it is basically peace-loving. These liberals are happy to espouse Western ideas, like democracy, freedom of belief, pluralism, humanism, and the like. Some go as far as adopting New Testament terms and concepts, such as love, chastity, and new life. In contrast, Jihadists and hardliners openly advocate their right to hate, persecute and even murder infidels (non-Muslims) and Muslims who disagree with their beliefs and ways of life. In between these extremes there are numerous other forms of Islam. Islamic...

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April 2017
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Equipping the church

There have been too many sightings of the African pastor’s ‘12-inch bookshelf’ for it to be dismissed as mythological! But do we prosperous, northern hemisphere Christians treat it as if it is? When you have to prepare a sermon or Bible study on a scriptural passage in, say, Philippians, which commentator do you turn to first on your bookshelf? Is it Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Alec Motyer, Wayne Detzler, William Hendriksen, John Gwyn Thomas or Sinclair Ferguson? Your African counterpart may well not have a single volume to refer to! Christian Resources for Developing Countries is addressing this book poverty of African pastors and believers, by providing...

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April 2017
Pakistan

Education crisis for Pakistan’s Christian community

A recent survey, released by UK charity Starfish Asia, highlights the dire state of education for the downtrodden Christian community in Pakistan. Conducted in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the survey covered 604 schools for 85,000 poor children. It revealed that four out of five teachers have no teaching qualification, 10 per cent of schools have no blackboards, and 24 per cent of class-2 children have no textbooks, notebooks or pencils. The survey focuses on low-cost, private schools which educate 5 million of Christian background in Pakistan. UNESCO has already highlighted the extent of the nation’s education crisis, saying that Pakistan has ‘some of the worst education...

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March 2017
Articles > World Mission

Carey Outreach Ministries

‘So, Ray, what does it mean to be born again?’ said the young man as he settled down on our settee in the living room. His question has remained a vivid memory to speaker and hearer alike for over 40 years. That conversation proved to be one of the final stages in Bob’s search for salvation. A few days later he met the Lord in a church prayer meeting. Born again Bob and his girlfriend, Dorothy, had passed our church on a bus a few weeks before. Dorothy liked the look of the building and expressed a desire to get married there. As a result,...

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