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August 2018
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Mission – New app to help Africa’s pastors

African Pastors Fellowship (APF) has launched a mobile phone app in East Africa. The eVitabu app puts a mobile library of theological resources into the hands of rural pastors for the first time. The app, which is installed on solar-powered Android devices, will help support pastors’ ministries, with large church networks across East Africa, potentially impacting the Christian journey of over half a million people. It is estimated that more than three million churches in the developing world are led by people with little or no qualifications for that responsibility. In Africa, it is reckoned that as many as 90 per cent of pastors have never received even...

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July 2018
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SASRA – 100 days of prayer

Members of the general public are not permitted ‘behind the wire’ at military establishments, but the uniformed members of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) have formal access to the men and women of the British Army and the Royal Air Force on their bases. SASRA’s mission is now in its 180th year. Its 16 full and part-time Scripture Readers face a joint Army and RAF strength of 110,000 personnel.  SASRA urgently needs more Scripture Readers and the prayers of God’s people. Between 8 August and 11 November SASRA is running a prayer event called 100 days. SASRA will equip a church meeting...

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June 2018
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Mission – Cheshire church launched

A new church was launched in Sandbach, Cheshire on Easter Sunday (see ET, January 2018). Grace Church Sandbach is a church plant involving about 50 members from Wheelock Heath Baptist Church in Winterley, Cheshire. Sandbach is a pleasant and prosperous market town (which still needs Jesus!), just one mile from the M6. It has been ‘discovered’ in recent years, attracting many new cafes and restaurants and large housing developments. Historically its claim to fame is the home of Foden Trucks, now sadly disappeared, and two large stone crosses in the cobbled market square dating from around the 9th century and elaborately carved with biblical scenes,...

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June 2018
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Mission – New opportunities for Carey Outreach Ministries

Carey Outreach Ministries began in 1997 through an invitation from Romania to Bob Penhearow to train spiritual church leaders. Since then, Carey has expanded rapidly in response to the desperate need around the world for solid biblical training. After being established in Canada, offices have opened in the UK and the USA. Cutting-edge ministry Carey has always aimed to be a cutting-edge ministry, not content to work in places where theological resources are readily available. Instead, we advance by faith into countries which can sometimes be difficult, such as Nepal, Mongolia, Cuba and Egypt, to spread Reformed truth in areas without established theological training. Our...

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June 2018
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Mission – Christian witness at Hay Festival

During the first weekend of the Hay Festival, Friday 25 May to Monday 28 May 2018, Bethesda Evangelical Church and others will go to the festival to provide a Christian witness. The Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) and Show Jesus are co-ordinating a Christian witness to this internationally renowned literature festival. The outreach is centred at a location opposite the Hay-on-Wye fire station, half way between the town centre and festival site.

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June 2018
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Mission – New opportunities for Carey Outreach Ministries

Carey Outreach Ministries began in 1997 through an invitation from Romania to Bob Penhearow to train spiritual church leaders. Since then, Carey has expanded rapidly in response to the desperate need around the world for solid biblical training. After being established in Canada, offices have opened in the UK and the USA. Cutting-edge ministry Carey has always aimed to be a cutting-edge ministry, not content to work in places where theological resources are readily available. Instead, we advance by faith into countries which can sometimes be difficult, such as Nepal, Mongolia, Cuba and Egypt, to spread Reformed truth in areas without established theological training. Our...

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May 2018
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Mission – Esk Valley church plant

In 2016 St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh officially launched the Esk Valley church plant. Nearly two years on, it has grown from the initial four-person group that established it. Under the leading of St Columba’s, Rev. Tom Muir and his family moved to the area to help initiate the plant. Now there is a congregation of up to 60 people meeting for worship on Sundays in the National Mining Museum, Newtongrange. Mr Muir said, ‘We are putting a lot of focus on discipleship, trying to make sure everyone in the church has access to a time during the week when they can meet in...

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May 2018
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Mission – EMF closes School of Biblical Studies

European Mission Fellowship (EMF) has announced the closure of its European School of Biblical Studies. After this year’s course finishes, the school will discontinue, following the EMF trustees’ decision. According to a statement, EMF together with London Seminary will launch a Northern Seminary in West Yorkshire, with a new foundation course commencing in September 2019, for which London Seminary will take responsibility. EMF principal Jörg Müller said: ‘With thankfulness, we acknowledge the School’s long and blessed history (55 years) in Watford and Welwyn in equipping Christian leaders for the Great European Commission and transitioning some students into EMF. Heike and I would greatly value your...

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May 2018
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Mission – Dungannon bookshop

The Burning Bush Christian bookshop in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, has celebrated its 30th year of ministry among the community. In a newsletter, owners since 1991 Billy and Ruth Neill give thanks to God for his provision in keeping the shop open and flourishing, despite several dramatic incidents. They recall: ‘These included a runaway car ending up in the window — nobody was injured; a wall from a derelict shop falling down and the [book]shop remained unscathed; and a building fire in the street which was full of smoke, but our shop had no smell of smoke in it. ‘We faced many challenges and still do,...

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April 2018
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Mission – Free coffee witness

The Free Church in Govan has announced the joint venture of launching a free café with Street Connect, a Scottish charity that helps the marginalised and disadvantaged within society. Street Connect works in partnership with a range of local and national organisations. Their current services include street work, drop-in cafes, one-to-one consultations, group work including their own community recovery programme, befriending, community detoxification services, and referrals to residential rehabilitation. Govan Free Church minister Rev. Norman Mackay said: ‘We are really happy working with Street Connect. Coming from an addiction background, both Ricky and Julie — the founders of Street Connect — have proven God in...

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Mission – Pregnancy Advice Salisbury
April 2018
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Mission – Pregnancy Advice Salisbury

Registration has been given for Pregnancy Advice Salisbury (PAS) to allow it to be fully operational and open for business. PAS is a Christian service aimed at supporting women and their families through crisis pregnancy. It was formally opened by Dr Joel Beeke and his wife Mary Beeke in the city of Salisbury in September 2013. Its director is Dr John Magee who is a GP in Salisbury. More information on the services offered can be found on the website. PAS rents premises in the Elim Centre in Salisbury, where it has a consultation room and ultrasound scanning facilities. PAS is staffed by volunteers, including the director,...

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April 2018
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Ministry – Plant and flourish

Pastors thinking of planting a church are being offered the chance to attend a course set up by London Seminary. The Plant Course is designed to equip and encourage church planters in their work. It combines solid theological principles with practical instruction and the encouragement of experienced planters. Bill James, principal of London Seminary, commented, ‘If we are to reach this nation with the gospel, then we need to see more churches planted in places of spiritual need’. The course takes place seven days between September and June. The course is offered in both London and Manchester. Additionally, London Seminary is repeating its Flourish Course...

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